Chain Reaction Auto Accidents

Drivers of cars, trucks and motorcycles who follow too closely or “tailgate” can cause what is called a chain reaction accident. Regardless of the type of vehicle being driven, it is illegal in Atlanta, or on any of Georgia’s roadways, to follow other vehicles too closely. This type of dangerous behavior on our roads seems to be more and more common.

Georgia law prohibits this activity. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-49 (a) provides that drivers must follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, and must have due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.

Following too closely means that a driver is following the vehicle in front of him or her so closely that if that vehicle brakes suddenly, there is insufficient time for the tailgating vehicle to avoid a collision. When drivers follow too closely they cannot plan ahead to avoid a collision. Often this results in a rear end collision, but at high speeds it can cause a chain reaction accident and involve many other vehicles.

Atlanta chain reaction car accident lawyers at Scholle Law, have assisted injured victims that have suffered injury in chain reaction motor vehicle accidents for nearly two decades. These accidents can be very devastating to victims and their families. Seeking medical and legal support and expertise after a chain reaction car crash is very important and can be crucial to preserving your rights and restoring your health and well-being. That is also because chain reaction auto crashes involve many vehicles and can be somewhat complicated due to the number of vehicles and injured victims that can be involved.

Some of the factors that can compound the extent of property damage and personal injury in these accidents include poor visibility, fog, fire and smoke conditions, bad weather, and mechanical failures such as tires or brakes. If you are involved in a chain reaction car crash you might become very overwhelmed and disoriented. It is important if at all possible to move your car to the shoulder of the road. If you cannot do so safely, make sure to put on your hazards lights if you are able to do so.

Unfortunately, it is often the case that drivers following too closely are also exceeding the speed limit, either as posted or as is warranted under the circumstances due to weather conditions. Speed is not the only factor that raises the likelihood of such an accident. Distracted driving can also combine to make this practice absolutely devastating. The chain reaction can lead drivers and passengers involved to suffer injuries such as whiplash, concussion, spinal injuries to the neck and back and other soft tissue or muscular injuries and broken bones.

In the event of a chain reaction auto accident, our law firm, led by Charles Scholle, has expertise as catastrophic personal injury lawyers with expertise in brain injury, spinal injury and other related injuries that can result from this type of collision is critically important to you and your family’s recovery. Our expertise helps Atlanta residents cope with the difficult recovery from a chain reaction auto accident.


For over two decades, Atlanta chain reaction motor vehicle lawyer Charles Scholle and the legal team at Scholle Law have helped accident victims and their families secure their legal rights and secure the proper medical attention.

Please contact Scholle Law or call toll-free 1-866-972-5287 or in Atlanta (770) 717-5100 to set up a free consultation with no obligation.

From our main office in Gwinnett County, Scholle Law serves clients with conveniently located offices in Decatur, Buckhead and the Perimeter and represents victims throughout Atlanta and Georgia.

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