Perhaps nothing is more unsettling to a driver then getting a flat tire on any of the roads or highways in or around Rome. The feeling of helplessness from having a disabled vehicle may be compounded by the fact that one has to change the tire in order to get out the predicament. Working on a car near a roadway can always be a risky proposition. Often, the conditions do not allow one to pull far enough away from the main road in order to feel completely safe. In such a case, the one working on the vehicle likely holds out hope that other motorists will be aware of his or her presence and take added precautions. Sadly, that is not always the case.
A person was killed in an accident that occurred recently on I-75 near Atlanta. The person had been helping the three other occupants of a disabled vehicle attempt to change the truck’s tire. Another car struck the person as well as the truck. The person was killed and the other three sustained injuries that required treatment at a local medical center. Reports state that the truck had pulled on to the shoulder of the road, yet was still stopped partially in the HOV lane.
Car accident cases such as this present the legal conundrum of whether one is at fault for not completely leaving the road to address issues with his or her vehicle, or whether another driver should have been more aware of that person’s proximity to the roadway. Ultimately, both parties may claim that the other should be held liable. Sorting such a case out may require the assistance of experienced attorneys.
Source: WXIA-TV “At least 1 killed in two-care accident on I-75 NB” McCall, Tiffany and Darnell, Tim, Aug. 17, 2017