A fatal, multi-vehicle accident caused hours of traffic congestion on I-20 in Douglas County on Monday morning. According to a report from 11Alive, vehicles were at a standstill at Fairburn Road from the time that the accident occurred at around 6:30 AM until investigators were able to open one lane nearly three hours later. Information about the cars involved in the accident and the occupants who were injured and killed was not immediately available.

WSB-TV reported recently that I-20 was determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be the second-most dangerous highway in the U.S. to travel on, with 15.5 fatalities per 100 miles in a year. According to Garrett Townsend, a spokesperson with the not-for-profit national automobile association, AAA, many of the fatal accidents that occur on I-20 in Georgia are the result of distracted driving and other poor driving habits. Instead, he said, drivers need to make any adjustments to their driving environment before they’re traveling down a major roadway, and they need to use the skills they learned in driver’s education about defensive driving. According to Townsend, defensive driving is a critical aspect of driving frequently congested roads such as I-20, because “you have to expect things are going to happen and you have to anticipate it and put measures in place so you can be safe and those in your vehicle can be safe as well.”

If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident on I-20 that was caused by another driver’s negligence, the car accident attorneys at Cambre & Associates LLC can help you understand the legal process you can use to seek compensation for the financial and emotional impacts you incurred as a result of your injury or loss. For your free case evaluation, send us a message online.