When driving along the interstates in Georgia, it’s important for motorists to use caution, especially when a lot of traffic is present. Large vehicles like tractor-trailers are common on roadways and they are often involved in serious accidents with smaller vehicles. These accidents, like a recent one that happened in Hart County, are often deadly for those involved in the crash.
A deadly head-on collision
This crash happened on I-85 near mile marker 178. For unknown reasons, a Jeep Cherokee was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lanes of traffic. The Jeep struck a tractor-trailer head-on, then caught on fire. After the collision, the Jeep traveled across several lanes of traffic where it hit a guardrail, leading to the ejection of the driver. Sadly, the driver of the Jeep passed away in the crash.
Debris from the initial collision hit a tanker truck that was also traveling in the northbound lanes. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The tanker truck driver was not injured. Further investigations may reveal exactly what caused the Jeep to be traveling in the wrong direction and determine if negligence was a cause of the accident.
Legal help for injured crash victims
Motor vehicle accident injuries can significantly change a victim’s life. After a serious injury, one may need physical therapy to recover and may have to take time off from work to recuperate from injuries. Accident victims should understand that they have legal rights when negligence was a contributing factor in the crash. Georgians who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident can consult with a personal injury attorney to understand what options they have.