Fulton County/ College Park accident report stated that on January 28, 2017 Vehicle 1 was observed at the NB I-85 ramp with major damage to left rear, and Vehicle 2 had medium damage to the right front. Driver 1 said he didn't see Vehicle 2, but the car had swerved and switched back and forth twice and finally changed lanes, causing Vehicle 1 to strike Vehicle 2 with the left rear of Vehicle 1. Driver 2 confirmed the rear-ending, but claims he did not switch lanes back and forth. No injuries were reported by either driver. Driver 1 was cited for failure to maintain lane. Note: Stay in your own lane.
Left Turning Lane Only
Fulton County/Union City accident report stated that on January 22, 2017 Driver 1 attempted to make a left turn onto SR 138 after exiting the old Shannon Mall drive-thru. Driver 2 stated that while he was traveling in the central turn lane, and before turning left into 4523- SR 138, that Vehicle 1 crossed the roadway in front of him, causing the front end collision with Vehicle 1. The officer who arrived on the scene, observed moderate damage to the front of Vehicle 2 and extensive damage to the driver's side of Vehicle 1. No injuries were reported and Driver 1 was cited for failure to yield while turning left. Note: Left turning vehicles must always yield!
Clayton County/ Rex Ga accident report stated that on January 18, 2017 Driver 1 was traveling South on I-475 at SR 42 when her front left tire ran over a large pothole. She lost control for a minute or two and swerved back and forth over the yellow left line, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle, which caused the car to strike a steel pole on the shoulder. The officer called to the scene observed extensive damage to the vehicle's front end. He also observed the very large pothole on the pavement near the yellow line right in front of the pole that was struck by the vehicle. No citation was issued even though city property was damaged, due to the cause of the accident, the city's pothole. Note: Observing defensive driving rules of the road means observing everything, cars, speed, distance and the road.
Distractions Inside and Out
Clayton County/ Rex Ga accident report stated that on January 12, 2017 Driver 1 said he was making a left turn onto Rex Road when he dropped his cell phone and lost control of his vehicle and struck a No Turn Around Sign and knocked it down. Vehicle 1 sustained slight damage, and Driver 1 was not injured. The Transportation & Development Department was notified about the sign. Driver 1 was given a warning citation, as it could not be proved he was texting while driving. Note: Cell phones distract even while talking. Definitely don't text while driving.
Sometimes It’s Safer to Park Farther Away from the Door
Clayton County/College Park accident report stated that on January 10, 2017 an officer was dispatched to 34532 Highway 138 regarding a hit and run collision. Driver 2 stated that his vehicle was parked when several people at the Chick-Fil-A observed that Vehicle 1 pull out of its parking space and back into Vehicle 2. There was moderate damage sustained to Vehicle 2. No one got the license plate number, thinking that when he stopped to check for damage, and began writing a note, leaving it on the windshield of Vehicle 2, that he was leaving all of his pertinent information. But he did not. Note: Respect the distance between your car and the others when parking in tight spaces/parking lots.
Observe and Obey Traffic Signals and Signs
Cobb County/Smyrna accident report stated that on January 9, 2017 Driver 1 traveled SB on South Cobb Drive and attempted to make a left hand turn into the Subway Sandwich Shop parking lot when Vehicle 2, which was traveling NB on the same street, turned right into his lane and his car. Driver 2 stated that he did not see Vehicle 1 until it he was already into his turn, too late to avoid the collision. The front of both vehicles were moderately damaged. Neither party complained of any injuries. Both parties declined medical treatment. Vehicle 2 was cited for failure to obey the traffic control. Note: Traffic signals must be obeyed, or accidents will occur.
Turning Vehicles Must Always Yield
Cobb County/Smyrna accident report stated that on January 8, 2017 a Vehicle 2 was facing WB on Concord Road in the outside lane waiting straight into the side of the 2nd Vehicle, so the eyewitness stated. Driver 1 said that she saw her light turn green. Vehicle 1 was facing EB on the same street and when the light changed and Driver 1 made her turn, when asked if she saw a green arrow or light, she could not remember which. Driver 2 stated that she had the green light 1st. The driver's side front end was damaged on Vehicle 2, as was the side door of Vehicle 2. No one was injured. Driver 1 was cited for failure to yield. Note: The turning vehicle must always yield.
Cobb County/Smyrna accident report stated that on January 4, 2017 Vehicle 2 traveled N on Cobb Parkway towards Windy Hill Road. Vehicle 1 was sitting in the exit of 2335 Cobb Pkwy to head South, and was struck by Vehicle 2. The driver of the 1st vehicle admitted that he had been drinking before driving, which caused him to be very sleepy. Driver 1 was arrested and cited for failure to yield entering the roadway, and for a DUI.
Note: If you must drink, designate a driver.
Hit & Run and a DUI
Cobb County/Marietta accident report stated that on January 4, 2017 Vehicle 1 was parked at the Shell gas pump when a white BMW SUV backed into him. Driver 1 told Driver 2 that she hit him. Driver 2 could only respond with, really? She was drunk and he could even smell the alcohol on her breathe. After telling her this, she got back in her car and then proceeded out of the parking lot, hitting another car in the process, and then left the scene before the police arrived. An eyewitness wrote the license number down and the police were able to track down the BMW. When they got the address, the vehicle did in fact have fresh damage on the right front bumper, the right door and the rear bumper where it struck the two vehicles. No injuries were reported. Driver 2 was arrested and cited for DUI, leaving the scene of the incident, and improper backing. Note: If you drink, please don't drive. And designate a sober driver.
Extra Attention is Needed in Parking Lots
Cobb County/Smyrna accident report stated that on January 4, 2017, Vehicle 2 was backing into a parking space at the BOA on South Cobb Drive at the same time that Vehicle 1 pulled right into the parking space in front of Vehicle 2. They collided with each other. An eyewitness said that she saw both vehicles parking at exactly the same time and couldn't tell who was at fault. Both Driver 1 and Driver 2 claimed that they were each parking first and that the other was at fault. There were no injuries reported and neither driver was cited, since the accident occurred on private property. Note: Pay very close attention in the tight spaces of parking lots.