Most people who live in the metro Atlanta area know that Interstate 75 can be a dangerous road to travel on. Each day, this road is busy with commercial box trucks, big rigs, and passenger vehicles trying to get from place to place.
Therefore, while it was sad to hear, it was not very surprising to learn that a tragic accident involving multiple vehicles recently occurred a little over 45 miles from the heart of Atlanta. According to a news report by WSBTV, the multi-vehicle accident occurred on Interstate 75 close to mile marker 293. Three semi-trucks, a box commercial truck, and a passenger automobile were driving along I-75 without any incident. Until, one of the semi-trucks slammed into the back of another semi-truck, causing that semi-truck to collide into the semi-truck in front of it. Immediately, one of the semi-trucks caught fire, and another started spinning out of control, causing it to enter the middle lane and crash into the back of the commercial box truck. As a result, the box truck struck the rear-end of the passenger vehicle.
Two of the semi-truck drivers died in the accident, and the another semi-truck driver was transported to a local hospital for severe injuries. The driver of the box truck and passenger automobile had minor injuries, which they were treated for. This was a very dangerous, multi-vehicle accident that frightened and alarmed the entire Georgia community. Unfortunately, it only took one driver to make a mistake for two people to lose their lives and three others to suffer injuries.
Is Interstate 75 really that dangerous?
While Atlanta visitors and residents may have their own opinions about which roads, interstates, and highways are the most dangerous in the area, most people can agree that Interstate 75 is very dangerous. In fact, a few short years ago, a news article called Interstate 75 “Georgia’s deadliest highway,” pointing out that 111 fatalities occurred on this interstate during the warmer months.
This interstate covers about 300 miles and is known to experience a lot of traffic and congestion. Most people who drive or commute daily on this intersection are aware of the fact that I-75 has a reputation for being the spot with the most frequent fatal tractor trailer accidents in the entire Atlanta Metro area.
What is being done to prevent accidents on Interstate 75 in Atlanta?
Other than routine police patrol and speed checks, there is not much being done to prevent accidents on Interstate 75 in Atlanta.
Other recent accidents that have occurred on Atlanta’s I-75
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s I-75 experiences dangerous and deadly accidents quite often. Here are a few other recent accidents that have occurred on Interstate 75 in Atlanta and surrounding areas:
- In October 2023, a crash occurred on I-75 during the early weekend hours. A young woman was killed at the scene of the accident after a head-on collision with another vehicle. The force and impact of the crash caused her car to erupt into flames.
- In September 2023, several people were injured and taken to a local hospital after being involved in a car collision on I-75. One person was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
- In July 2023, a speeding vehicle struck another vehicle on I-75. The vehicle flipped over, slammed into a tree, and caught fire. Four individuals and a dog were killed in the crash. The youngest individual was 12, and the oldest was 21.
Safety tips for drivers who must drive on I-75
Although many people are aware of how risky it is to drive on I-75, some individuals may be unable to avoid doing so if it leads them directly to their home, work, child’s school, or any other essential facility or business. It is important to keep in mind six safety tips when driving on this interstate, including:
- Never drive over the speed limit. Speeding is a top contributing factor for accidents on I-75, which is why you should avoid doing so.
- Provide adequate space and room between your vehicle and the car driving in front of you. This gives you time to stop or slow down if need be.
- Do not drive in the left lane too long. This is a passing lane and should only be used if you are passing. Otherwise, remain in the right lane and take your time getting to where you need to go.
- Make sure you are awake, able to concentrate, and give your full attention to the roads.
- Check out the weather before you leave and be prepared for any rainy, foggy, or inclement weather conditions that may occur.
- Always ensure that your vehicle is in good working order before you get behind the wheel. This means that you should be able to use your headlights, windshield wipers, and horn at any time when you need them. In addition, make sure your taillights work and that your tires are in good condition.
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident on I-75 or any other area in Atlanta due to someone else’s negligence, you can depend on the accident lawyers at Harris Lowry Manton PLLC to help you. Our team frequently represents clients who have been in wrecks on this dangerous and deadly interstate. Therefore, we know the ins and outs of these types of cases and will do everything we can to secure the best results possible for your case. Schedule your free case review to start discussing with our attorneys at our Atlanta or Savannah office locations today.
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