Two people were killed and four others were injured due to a sideswipe accident on James Parkway at Browtown Road Saturday afternoon, WSB-TV reported. According to information provided by the Atlanta Police Department, a Toyota Sequoia was traveling north on James Parkway and attempted to pass a Honda Accord when it struck the side of the Honda. The force of the sideswipe caused the driver of the Sequoia to lose control of the vehicle, entering the southbound lanes, where it struck a Toyota Rav4.
The driver and passenger of the Sequoia were both ejected from the vehicle during the crash, with the passenger later being pronounced dead at the scene and the driver being transported to the hospital along with three other occupants of that vehicle. In addition, the driver of the Rav4 was also pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda was uninjured.
While not the most deadly of all accident types, sideswipe accidents — which occur when the side of one vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle — create an extreme risk of one of the drivers involved losing control and entering other travel lanes, such as what happened in the accident above. According to the National Safety Council, around 1,600 people are killed, and about 422,000 are injured as a result of this type of accident. Improper passing is one of the most common causes of sideswiped, including accidents that occur when a driver merges into a travel lane without ensuring there is space to do so or fails to ensure that they have entirely overtaken the vehicle they’re passing before returning to their original lane of travel after the pass.
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