Multiple cars involved in an accident.
A driver is facing multiple charges, including first-degree homicide by vehicle, after a Monday evening accident on Flat Shoals Road. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, investigators say the 32-year-old male driver was speeding on Flat Shoals Road when he ran a red light and struck a vehicle on the driver’s side in the intersection. The force of the collision forced that vehicle into a third, which collided with a fourth vehicle. Authorities noted that the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and was arrested at the scene. A search of his vehicle revealed marijuana and an open container of beer. The names of the victims had not been released at the time of Fox 5’s report of the accident. However, the driver who was arrested at the scene has been charged with two counts of first degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, speeding, reckless driving, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, an open container law violation, and failure to obey a traffic control device. Speeding and alcohol impairment are two of the most common causes of fatal accidents in the U.S. Speed reduces the amount of time a driver has to perceive a hazard on the roadway and respond by braking, and also increases the severity of the crash due to the additional force created by the excess speed. Alcohol impairment creates deficits to the skills an individual needs to safely operate a vehicle. Broadside (T-bone) collisions are a particularly dangerous type of accident in which the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. Injuries are most often incurred by the occupant sitting on the side of the vehicle that was struck. Were you injured in an accident caused by a careless or reckless driver? If so, let an experienced accident attorney from Cambre & Associates help you understand the personal injury claims process. Contact us for your free case evaluation.