Accidents on I-75 in Georgia are all too common

Interstate 75 in Georgia is one of the busiest stretches of roadway in the state. It is also one of the most treacherous roads to travel at any given time of the day. Drivers and passengers who travel that highway on a regular basis are probably aware that they are very vulnerable to being involved in a car accident that might result in serious injuries.

According to the Marietta Patch, yet another individual has become the victim of an accident on I-75. Unfortunately, the individual died as a result of a morning crash on I-75 North at the Canton Road Connector. The person was involved in a crash that involved three vehicles. The event was initiated by a vehicle changing lanes and hitting another passenger vehicle, which spun into the path of a sports utility vehicle that ended up hitting the passenger vehicle on the driver's side and killing the driver.

What must be done after an accident in Georgia?

Georgia's accident laws are detailed under Title 40, Chapter 6 of the Georgia Code and they lay out specific requirements for those who are involved in motor vehicle accidents that result in, property damage, personal injury or death. Under the law, one of the first things that an individual is required to do after an accident is to stop at the scene or as close as possible to the scene of the accident without blocking traffic any more than necessary. Once the individual has stopped, he or she should:

  • Provide his or her name, address and registration information for the vehicle being driven
  • Show proof of his or her license
  • Render reasonable aid to anyone injured
  • Make reasonable efforts to ensure that law enforcement or medical personnel have been contacted

The law further notes that the driver is required to stay at the accident scene until all steps have been taken.

The injury or death of a person involved in an accident

Title 40, Chapter 6 of the Georgia Code also discusses the penalties involved in the event that the participants in an accident fail to remain at an accident scene where someone was injured or killed. More specifically, the law states that any individual who chooses not to stop or comply with the above-mentioned requirements will be guilty of a misdemeanor crime that carries fines and possibly even jail time. Despite the criminal penalties for failure to remain at the scene, an injured motorist or the family of a person killed in crash is likely most concerned with recovery and compensation for damages and injuries.

A person who is injured in a car accident due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver may be entitled to compensation. The compensation for the crash may include lost wages, medical bills and possibly even pain and suffering in certain circumstances.

Anyone who has been involved in a vehicle accident on I-75 or anywhere else in Georgia may find it helpful to seek the services of a skilled accident attorney who might be able to assist with explaining the issues and handling the case.