Fog and Smoke Cause 27 Car Pile-Up on Interstate 16

Auto accidents can be caused by a variety of weather conditions. Rain, fog, and snow often cause rear-end accidents throughout the state of Georgia. When these accidents occur on busy interstates, the consequences are often severe.

Such an occurrence was reported early Wednesday just after 8 AM, when one accident caused a massive pile-up on I-16 in Laurens County, Georgia. The crash occurred during rush hour traffic on the main highway connecting Macon and Savannah. Due to dense fog and smoke, other drivers were unable to see the first accident, which caused many additional accidents. According to those at the scene, visibility was nearly zero prior to the collisions occurring. As the pile-up got worse, many tractor-trailer and commercial vehicles were involved in collisions, making the smoke much worse. A tanker truck created the worst of the smoke when it exploded after being involved in the accident. HazMat gear was required for emergency personnel due to the involvement of the various semi-trucks. In total, seven tractor trailers were involved. Georgia State Patrol officials believe that as many as 10 separate crashes may have occurred during the massive pile-up. Victims injured in the massive crash were taken to Dublin's Fairview Park Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families affected by this tragedy.

Fog causes many auto accidents throughout the metro-Atlanta area each year. Because visibility is limited when driving in fog and smoke, it is important to use extra caution when driving in it. When fog or smoke make road conditions dangerous, you should take your time and be as aware as possible of other drivers around you. Be patient and attentive, especially abstaining from activities that distract you while driving. It is also a good idea to use fog lights when it is possible. Standard white lights, such as headlights, reflect the fog and many times make conditions worse. Yellow, blue, or green fog lights usually cause less reflection so drivers are able to see better.

If you or someone you know have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of other drivers in dangerous weather conditions, contact Jones & Swanson today. Even the best drivers are often involved in Georgia auto accidents because others on the road are not as attentive as they should be. In large pile-ups, insurance coverage can be limited due to the vast amount of victims and damages. Contacting an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident is important if you wish to bring a personal injury claim. Our office offers free consultations to all potential clients. Contact us today at (770) 427-5498 for more information.