A driver entered the HOV lane going in the wrong direction at about 6 a.m. one recent morning. The driver, who is believed to have been drunk, crashed through nine barriers driving south into northbound traffic. The southbound driver crashed head-on into a northbound car. Another northbound vehicle rear-ended the car that had been hit head-on.
The drivers of the three vehicles involved were transported to local hospitals. Their conditions are unknown. According to police reports, the HOV lane has been open for two years and this was only the second wrong-way incident. There have been requests from concerned motorists for more signs or more visible barriers to prevent such accidents. The accident remains under investigation.
Wrong-way accidents are terrifying in that they are so unpredictable and when caused by drunk driving they can be very hard to avoid due to the possibly erratic driving of someone under the influence of alcohol. A person who has been involved in such an accident in Georgia should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer can review the facts of the accident and advise the client as to whether a civil suit against the party thought responsible is a possible option. A successfully litigated claim can provide compensation for medical costs and other documented losses.