The AJC reports on a crash that killed a driver as one vehicle was attempting to overtake another.
The crash occurred on July 27th on Saturday morning in Cobb County, Georgia. Police were dispatched to the scene at about 8:03 a.m. The crash occurred on Powder Springs Road near Green Drive in Marietta.
According to preliminary findings, a 1995 Toyota T-100 was traveling north on Powder Springs Road. The driver of the truck in the right lane attempted to overtake a 2015 Dodge Ram that was traveling in the left lane.
As the Toyota moved from the right lane to the left lane, it clipped the bumper of the Dodge, causing the Toyota to begin rotating. The Dodge crossed the center turn lane and entered the southbound lanes. The Dodge was then struck by a 1998 Dodge Ram pulling a trailer.
56-year-old Sobhi H. Terfas, who was driving the Toyota, was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the 1998 Dodge Ram was not injured. His 15-year-old passenger was transported to Kennestone for injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the 2015 Dodge did not require medical attention.
Many car accidents that happen in Georgia occur when one vehicle is attempting to overtake or pass another vehicle. Because of these accidents, Georgia has certain laws regarding passing that are meant to allow drivers to pass other vehicles safely.
The basic law is that overtaking another vehicle must be done on the left of the vehicle and the passing vehicle must return to the right as soon as it is safe to do so. Georgia law only allows passing on the right in certain situations, such as when a vehicle is making a left-hand turn or when there are two or more unobstructed lanes moving in the same direction.
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