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Family of Four Dead in Fiery Crash on Interstate 75

A three-vehicle crash took the lives of four people traveling from Kentucky to Florida, Tallahassee’s WCTV reported July 3. According to the station, Jerome Roberts was driving an SUV south on Interstate 75 at around 2 a.m. when his vehicle hit a Honda Accord driven by Douglas Jones of [Atlanta]( A Penske rental truck behind them was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the SUV, causing it to burst into flames.

A passer-by was able to pull Roberts out of the SUV, but it burst into flames before anyone else could be saved. The resulting fire killed Roberts, 40; his girlfriend, Cheryl Collins, 41; and her daughters, MaRhonda Collins, 20, and August Roberts, 11. All were from Midway, Kentucky; they were traveling to Florida so MaRhonda Collins could audition for American Idol. None of the other four people involved were [seriously hurt](, although Jones complained of minor injuries.

This story caught my eye because the state police believe “road rage” by Jerome Roberts caused the accident. According to the Georgia State Police, Jones was on the phone with police, reporting road rage by Roberts, when the accident happened. If this is true, Roberts has paid a terrible price for his anger. No agency keeps reliable statistics on accidents caused by road rage, but it is clear to this Georgia auto accident lawyer that aggressive driving is unsafe driving, almost by definition. We all have a legal and ethical responsibility to take care behind the wheel, even when we believe the driver in the next lane is an idiot.

Victims of serious car accidents caused by someone else’s carelessness — or aggression — have the right in Georgia to hold that person legally responsible for the results. The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle can help. Our Gwinnett County car crash lawyers help people injured by someone else’s bad driving to navigate the complex insurance claims system and recover compensation for all of their injuries. In an Atlanta traffic accident lawsuit, victims can claim money to pay high medical bills caused by the crash, along with vehicle repair or replacement costs and lost wages from time off work. Just as importantly, they can claim compensation for their physical and emotional injuries, including any permanent disability or death in the family.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by another person’s bad choices behind the wheel, you should contact the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle to learn more about your legal options. To set up a free, confidential consultation, please send us an email, contact us through our Web site or call 1-866-972-5287, toll-free.