Icy roads in Georgia are, thankfully, not the norm. Bremen drivers are accustomed to adjusting their driving habits in many adverse conditions, but cold and ice may catch some unprepared and unaware of how to handle their vehicles. Severe winter weather recently led to the deaths of two people in a car accident.
The accident began when a man was heading north on I-75, driving himself and his brother to work. He spun out at one point and hit the guardrail in the opposite lane. He had gotten out of his car, when he was hit by another car that also lost control on the ice. That car also hit the stopped vehicle before coming to a halt.
Both the first driver and his brother were killed. The driver who struck them was uninjured. Around this same time, not far from the scene of the fatal accident, multiple other accidents occurred as a result of the driving conditions. One multi-vehicle accident involved a tractor trailer and two pickup trucks hauling trailers. In another, a fire truck was responding to a crash when it was struck by a tractor trailer skidding across the ice.
Accidents caused by icy road conditions can be particularly dangerous, often leading drivers to lose control of their vehicles completely. Multi-vehicle crashes are also not uncommon, as a dangerous patch of road can trigger multiple accidents, especially when one vehicle is a larger truck or tractor trailer. A legal professional can play an important role in advocating for a victim’s right to compensation in these situations — poor driving conditions, it should be noted, do not absolve drivers of liability.
Source: The Telegraph, “2 killed on icy I-75 in Macon amid multi-vehicle crashes,” Liz Fabian, Jan. 17, 2018