According to the local authorities, a five-car accident in Montgomery on I-85 took the life of one and injured others. The accident blocked rush hour traffic for roughly 6 hours. Involved in the accident were three cars and two trucks.
The Montgomery Police Department says that the accident was caused by a pickup truck that swerved into the emergency lane after it blew a tire on the Interstate. Because of the quick swerve, an SUV and a flatbed truck collided and caused a domino effect of collisions.
The accident happened on the northbound lanes of the Interstate between Bell Road and Taylor Road just before 4:00 p.m. Police were forced to reroute traffic down Eastern Boulevard, to Atlanta Highway and back up to the Interstate using the Mitylene exit, according to Alabama Live.
Our Montgomery personal injury attorneys understand how dangerous interstate driving can be, especially in summer’s heavy traffic and during rush hour. Motorists are urged to drive with extra caution on these busy roadways as small incidents, like a flat tire, can return catastrophic results if you’re not practicing safe driving habits. Take a safe following distance: You may tailgate for years and get away with it — or you may face this type of situation in front of the nose of your vehicle and having a little extra time could save your life.
“As traumatic as it was, the city did a good job diverting traffic and getting people around the scene. When you clog up the interstate like that, you really face some challenges,” said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.
During the accident, two of the tractor-trailers involved spilled lumber all over the Interstate.
“Everyone did an outstanding job [rerouting traffic and cleaning up], especially since it could not have happened at a worse time,” said Christopher Murphy Director of Public Safety.
Here are some Interstate driving tips to help keep you safe during your summer travels:
-Entering the Interstate: Make sure you abide by ramp speed, which is usually 45 mph. Then gradually increase speed and you get near the Interstate roadway.
-Changing lanes: Make sure you use your blinkers. Check your vehicle’s surroundings to make sure you lane maneuver will not obstruct anyone’s driving path.
-Speed: You shouldn’t exceed the speed limit. It’s important not to go too slow either. Travel at a steady, and legal, pace with cars around you.
-Passing: Make sure to look all around before passing. Be sure that you can do so safely. One you’ve passed the vehicle, make sure to check to ensure that you’ve completely passed the vehicle before entering back into the lane. Try not to fly past the vehicles you’re passing. Pass at a safe and steady speed.
-Exiting the Interstate: Get to the right-hand lane as soon as you know you’re approaching your exit. Do not wait until the last minute. Once you’ve spotted your exit ramp, put on your turn signal, exit cautiously and begin to slow your speed.
If you have been injured in a Montgomery car accident, contact the car accident attorneys at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200 today.
Fatal Montgomery wreck shuts down I-85 for 6 hours, by Christine Kneidinger, Alabama Live
Tire blowout to blame for Wednesday’s fatal I-85 crash in Montgomery, by Christine Kneidinger, Alabama Live
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