Fatal Weekend Crash on I-285

September 11, 2012
by Sammons & Carpenter, P.C.

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Labor Day weekend has passed, but our Atlanta car accident attorneys know that Georgians are still taking advantage of the warm weather by going places on weekends. Driving on our highways is always a time to practice care and caution, as other drivers can be reckless and negligent, and you could find yourself involved in a car accident even if you are a safe driver.

Over this past weekend, a multi-vehicle crash occurred on I-285 with one fatality and more injuries. It happened near the Camp Creek Parkway around 5pm on Friday, in the the midst of rush hour, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Brittany Nicholle Stevens, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, was driving a 2001 Mercedes northbound on I-285 and struck a 2007 Kia Sportage driven by Maria Njoku, 52 and also from Atlanta. Ms. Njoku's Kia then hit a gold 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, knocking it into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer, which hit the Oldsmobile broadside. The driver of the Olds was killed. His wife, also in the car, is in the hospital and had surgery on Friday evening. On Saturday, doctors still found her too unwell to be told of her husband's death. The driver and his wife have not been identified publicly so that officials can notify their families first. At least four other people were injured. Georgia State Patrol spokesman, Gordy Wight, said the investigation is ongoing and being performed by the Georgia State Patrol's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Mr. Wight also stated that charges for those responsible are pending the investigation's outcome. He did state, however, that the driver of the tractor trailer was not at fault in this case, as previous events caused the Oldsmobile to spin into the path of the oncoming tractor trailer.

These kinds of multi-vehicle crashes, especially involving tractor trailers on highways with relatively high speeds, are very dangerous. Statistics show that a Georgian is likely to be involved in a car accident of some sort at least once every ten years. It happens even to safe and careful drivers, as you cannot control the behavior of other drivers on the road. About 1,720 car accidents occur in Georgia every day - about 70 an hour - although high traffic periods like rush hour see many more accidents that low traffic periods. Most are very minor incidents, but some are like the story above involving many cars, multiple injuries, and even fatalities.

If you or someone in your family has been hurt by a negligent or reckless driver, the Georgia car and tractor trailer accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter can help you determine if you have a case and how to move forward along possible legal avenues. Often car accidents cause damage to property and to your health, and you could be entitled to monetary compensation to help with those bills. Please call us at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free Atlanta injury lawyer consultation.

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