Police cars on highway at night blocking off an accident.
A multi-vehicle accident on southbound I-85 near the SR 74/Senoia Road exit in Fairburn on Wednesday morning resulted in five injuries, and four medical transports, with three of the victims in serious condition. The accident reportedly involved a semi-truck, a garbage truck, and other vehicles, and caused authorities to close the southbound lanes for several hours, causing travelers to be forced to take alternate routes to reach their destinations. Multi-vehicle accidents often occur as a result of a chain reaction in which one vehicle collides in an area of the roadway and either the force of the collision pushes one of the vehicles into others, or approaching vehicles are unable to stop in time before colliding with the vehicles that were disabled by the initial wreck. Unfortunately, due to the higher speeds, heavier traffic congestion, and heavier, harder to maneuver vehicles  often traveling on interstate highways, this is where such accidents typically occur. Semi-trucks and garbage trucks are both massive vehicles when compared to the size of other vehicles on the roadway. Their large size adds maneuverability issues such as significant blind spots and a longer stopping distance after the brakes have been applied due to the additional work required of the brakes to pull the vehicle’s weight to a safe stop. Determining liability in a multi-vehicle crash is often difficult as it can involve multiple factors and multiple sources of negligence. For example, a multi-vehicle crash could involve one driver who caused an accident with another vehicle because they were distracted, and a secondary driver who was speeding and unable to stop for the crash that just occurred. If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, it is important to speak with an experienced car accident attorney from Cambre & Associates in order to determine whether you are entitled to seek compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury. Contact us for your free case evaluation.