A man was killed after he rear-ended a truck and was ejected from his van on Atlanta's eastbound I-20. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the flatbed truck was stationary after its driver had stopped to render aid in another accident.
Georgia State Patrol police suspect that the victim, 47-year-old James Tatro, may have been following too closely. However, reports indicate that the flatbed truck may have been left partially inside the far left lane of the roadway, posing a risk to oncoming traffic.
This tragic accident highlights several important lessons about safe driving. The first is that following a vehicle too closely can be a deadly mistake - especially on a highway. The second is that if you stop your vehicle for any reason - even if it is to help an accident victim - it is critical that you move your car as far off the road as possible.
If you were injured or lost a family member due to a negligent driver in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is a personal-injury attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses and help you claim the maximum compensation from the at-fault motorist.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/ to learn more about car accident lawsuits.
8 Steps to Take at the Scene of a Car Accident
Georgia has seen a recent spike in traffic wrecks. According to PolitiFact, 2015 was one of the deadliest on record in this state - with more than 1,300 fatalities. This marked a 16-percent increase since 2014.
All drivers should know what to do at the scene of an accident. A single misguided statement could prevent you from recovering fair compensation if you make a personal-injury claim.
Be sure to take these eight steps if you are involved in a wreck:
1. Look for Injuries: Check drivers and passengers for injuries. If anyone is unconscious or reports pain in the neck or back, then do not move that person.
2. Call the Police: Even if there were no severe injuries, you should still contact the police. Your auto accident lawyer can use the police report to prove negligence and liability.
3. Do Not Leave the Scene: Stay at the crash scene until a police officer gives you permission to leave.
4. Record Drivers' Insurance and Contact Information: Record each driver's name, address, license number, license plate tag and insurance details.
5. Talk to Witnesses: Record the names, phone numbers and email addresses of all witnesses. Your auto accident lawyer may use their testimonies to support your claim.
6. Take Photos: Take pictures of the crash scene that show the positions of vehicles, property damage, injuries, traffic signs and skid marks.
7. Visit a Doctor: Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the collision. Your attorney will need medical records to prove damages.
8. Call an Auto Accident Lawyer: Contact an attorney who has experience litigating personal-injury cases related to car accidents.
If the crash happened in Georgia, you will find compassionate yet aggressive legal representation at The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is an auto accident lawyer in Atlanta who has a reputation for finding success in court.
Mr. Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.