Marietta — Driver Injured After Chain-Reaction Accident on Interstate 75
Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2020 at 12:50 am
Just before 3 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, a driver was injured in a chain-reaction crash that occurred in Marietta, Georgia.
According to initial reports, a Kia Rio LX was stopped for an unknown reason on Interstate 75, near the exit ramp. Meanwhile, a GMC Sierra C2500 truck was traveling on the same roadway when the driver, 56-year-old Michael Brown, struck the rear of the Kia. The impact caused Brown’s truck to exit the roadway, and seconds later, a Mazda CX-5 struck the Kia.
The driver of the Kia Rio, 25-year-old Neelands Somarriba, was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Neelands Somarriba. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Car accidents like this happen quite often nowadays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.
Additionally, rear-end collisions, a particular kind of car accident, are fairly common in the United States. In fact, it is reported that there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways every year, and from that figure, about 1,700 people die in those collisions while another 500,000 are hurt. It is also reported by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that 87% of rear-end collisions happened just because the driver wasn’t paying attention to the road.
Car accidents, especially rear-end collisions, are undeniably devastating for the victims and their loved ones. For that reason, if you are a victim of rear-end collisions, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The police will be there for you, but more than that, car accident attorneys, especially those who specialize in truck accidents, are also present to help you protect your rights and get the justice that you deserve.