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Deadly Pile-Up on I-16 Closes Highway

Thumbnail image for iStock_000016429140XSmall.jpgLast year, several Georgians were killed in a terrible crash in Florida involving many vehicles and poor visibility. This morning, three people were killed in a horrific series of fiery crashes on I-16 between Macon and Savannah, Georgia. Dense fog was reported in the area at the time of these tragic collisions.

In my representation of clients as an Atlanta truck accident injury lawyer, it is always difficult to learn of such an accident, particularly on Georgia’s roads and highways. Our hearts go out to the victims of those killed and injured.

Twenty-seven vehicles were said to have been involved in the crashes. Reports from the Georgia State Patrol indicate that seven of these vehicles were tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles. A tanker truck that was involved in the accident ended up on fire. About six additional vehicles were also on fire.

These terrible crashes were said to be actually several crashes which resulted in the closure of I-16 in both directions. All of this occurred close to the Laurens/Twiggs county line.

Reports indicate also that the initial chain reaction accident took place this morning and the second chain reaction was the result of vehicles approaching the first crash. Emergency vehicles were called into action and nine people were taken to the hospital. Sadly, three lost their lives.

Often these tragic multi-car crashes involve circumstances such as dense fog, heavy rain and even smoke from wild fires. One way to avoid getting caught in such a pile-up is to leave sufficient distance from the car in front of you so that you have stopping ability. The car or truck traveling behind you may also be following too closely, something we see more and more of on our highways. It is very important to leave three seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle you are following. This minimum distance will help allow you time to stop in a situation that occurs in front of you on the road, such as a collision. In dense fog or other road conditions, leaving even more distance is recommended. If the driver behind you is following too closely, either pull over to the right lane of traffic or slow down if you are in the right lane and let them pass.

Under Georgia law, following too closely is prohibited and is dangerous driving. Under Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-49 (a), “[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.” When driving on our roads and highways, make sure you do not follow too closely and make sure that if you are being followed too closely, you safely allow the other vehicle to pass you.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or if you have a loved one who has been killed in such an accident, help is available. Please contact me at for a free consultation regarding your accident. The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C. is dedicated to helping accident victims and their families.