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Fiery Georgia Crash in Construction Zone

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The Times-Herald reported that this past Tuesday, a crash occurred on Interstate 85 when a tractor-trailer’s wheels dropped off the side of the pavement in the right lane and the driver overcorrected. As result, the driver hit a tanker truck and caused it to smash into the concrete barrier wall along the inside lane.

After this smash into the concrete barrier, the impact ruptured the diesel fuel tanks and set them afire.

The driver of the 2007 MAC, Solomon Marvin of Riverdale, was charged with failure to maintain lane. He traveled about 250 feet on the shoulder before he brought the truck back into the lane. Aaron Barber Jr. of Port Allen, La. drove the tanker carrying plaster. “Barber suffered a few burns to his arms, and Solomon has a few scrapes and bruises. Both were treated and released.”

Sgt. Lance Green, commander of Georgia State Patrol Newnan Post 24 said, “There were chunks of concrete flying everywhere.”

“Overcorrecting is a very common cause of accidents.” However, this is easy to avoid. Green says, “When you come off the road, get off the brake, get off the gas, and just steer straight until you slow down enough to where you can come back on—under control.” Most people react with panic and yank it.

Greene says that “drivers should take extra care and obey the speed on the interstate.”

Do you know what do to if you are in a car accident? As our past post discussed, here is what you need to know if you are in a car accident:

Immediately call the police. When the police arrive, they know exactly what to do. The police will also create a police report after interviewing all witnesses and determining who is at fault.

Make sure everyone else is safe.

Gather information. You must get the other driver’s information such as the vehicle’s VIN number, insurance information, and license plate number.

Seek medical attention/help. Car accidents can cause serious injuries, even injuries that do not arise until much later after the car accident. It is important to see a doctor to evaluate your condition.

If you have a camera, take pictures of the cars involved in the accident.

Call/seek an attorney.

According to Ezine articles, there are several things you MUST not do after you are in a car accident:

Admit fault; leave the scene; wait for insurance companies to contact you or take too much time to call an attorney; sign anything without knowing what the papers say or means.