According to statistics, about six million accidents occur every year in the United States. Most of these accidents happen for unknown reasons. However, we are able to pinpoint the why and the how of certain kinds of collisions. Many accidents happen to occur when one of the drivers is attempting to change lanes. Statistically speaking, at least 33% of all accidents occur when a person is changing lanes or drives off of the roadway. Many experts believe that these types of accidents are caused by distraction and not paying attention to one’s surroundings while driving.
11 Alive reports on an accident that began with a driver attempting to change lanes and ended with a police officer injured.
A Tuesday night accident on I-85 in Union City sent at least one police officer and one other driver to the hospital.
The crash is believed to have happened due to a failed lane change along I-85 Northbound in Union City.
An SUV that was traveling in the far left lane attempted to change lanes, striking a van in the process. The driver of the van lost control of the vehicle, spinning and hitting a guard rail.
After striking the van, the SUV hit a Union City Police officer who had stopped to assist a disabled vehicle. The SUV then hit a concrete wall.
The officer and the driver of the SUV were taken to a hospital for injuries, but there was no mention of how serious the injuries were.
A spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol said that charges were pending against the driver of the SUV.
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