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Multiple Vehicle Accident Kills One in Bartow County

June 05, 2015

According to WSB TV, a deadly crash occurred on Monday, May 18 in Cartersville, Georgia. Police from Bartow County are currently investigating the fatal Interstate 75 accident that occurred in the morning hours. Six vehicles, including an ambulance, were involved in the accident. Police report that a Ford pickup truck lost control in the northbound lanes and was hit by a Honda Accord. After the accident, both drivers left their vehicles. One parked in the left emergency lane and the other remained in left lane with oncoming traffic.

WSB TV reports that a third car attempted to avoid the accident but hit the guardrail wires in the median.  Next, a fourth car similarly attempted to avoid the accident but also hit and propelled over guardrail wires, slamming into the driver of the Honda Accord who was standing outside his vehicle. The 38 year-old man from Smyrna was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

An ambulance rushed to the scene but was hit by the fifth car, damaging its rear bumper. The ambulance accident is being treated as a separate incident and is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol. Thus far, local police are still investigating the series of accidents and no charges or citations have been issued.

Causes of Multiple Vehicle Accidents

Some multiple vehicle accidents are no one's fault, but many others are often caused by negligence on the part of at least one of the drivers involved. Some of the most common causes of multiple vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Driver distraction
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Failure to observe traffic safety rules
  • Neglecting to use turn signals
  • Tailgating
  • Low visibility conditions
  • Poor weather, including black ice
  • Heavy traffic
  • Road hazards on the crest of a hill or around a curve
  • Failure to stop or properly use brakes
  • Construction zones

This recent Georgia accident additionally highlights the importance removing your vehicle from the roadway in the event of an accident, when at all possible to safely do so. If you have been involved in an accident and your vehicle is still functional, it is critical that you carefully move it to the nearest soft shoulder or emergency lane so that you do not become further injured.

Sadly, multiple vehicle accidents commonly result in serious injuries, including, among others:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Death

It can be difficult to determine negligence in the event of a multiple vehicle accident because of how many people are involved. Often, more than one driver may be negligent for the crash. You will require the assistance of an experienced automobile accident attorney following any multiple vehicle accident in which you suffer injury because of another at-fault person or party.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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