Auto Accident

Car Flips and Crashes Into Abernathy Arts Center

(Source: Sandy Springs Patch)

Sandy Springs Police Department are investigating the accident of a 31 year old driver who flipped her car and crashed into the Abernathy Arts Center on Wednesday morning. The driver, Zahide Rodriguez, was traveling east on Johnson’s Ferry Road when her Acura hit an embankment. According to Sandy Springs police Spokesperson Sergeant Sam Worsham, the car become airborne and crashed into a tree and lamppost before landing on its roof. There were no other cars involved.

Ms. Rodriguez was hospitalized for moderate injuries and is said to be stable. Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke with Laura Martin, the Abernathy Arts Center manager.

“We were shocked to see it this morning and just hope that she’s OK, that the driver is OK,” Martin said.

It’s not the first time a car has come off the same curve and nearly hit the property. Police reports from the end of May reference a driver who flipped his Jeep near the Arts Center. The was arrested on suspicion of a DUI.

“We’re lower than street level, so you could definitely get some speed coming off that sidewalk,” Martin said.

The Abernathy Arts Center hopes that this incident will not impede preparations for their local arts festival which will be held this weekend.

The local police are charging Ms. Rodriguez with failure to maintain lane in connection to the crash.

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What Should I Do after a Georgia Auto Accident?

  • Stay Calm and Stay Put – A clear head will help you seek help and stay focused on the task at hand. Panic leads to bad decision-making.
  • Call 911 – Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect an emergency condition, whether for yourself , a passenger, or someone in the other car.
  • Move to safety – If you can get away from traffic. Accident victims sometimes sustain additional injuries because oncoming cars don’t stop in time to avoid the accident scene.
  • Gather evidence – Once you have attended to your health and safety, try to document as much of the accident scene as possible. This includes :
    • photographs of the vehicles, the crash, and the surrounding conditions ( weather, objects in the road, etc)
    • the names of everyone else involved in the auto accident,
    • insurance information for the other driver
    • contact information of any eyewitnesses,
    • write down what happened so you don’t forget later.
  • Call your insurance company – Most auto insurance companies require that you notify them soon after a Georgia auto accident. But only talk to your own insurer- not the other side’s (at least not until you talk to a lawyer.)
  • Call your attorney – The car crash itself is just the beginning. There is a long process to come and a Georgia car accident attorney can help to protect your interests throughout. T Madden and Associates will fight for victims of auto accidents. Contact us for a free consultation.  We recommend that you go ahead and put our numbers in your cell phone right now.   
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  • See a doctor – Even if you didn’t suffer a medical emergency, you should still see a primary care or urgent care physician soon after the crash. Having a record of your doctor’s visit could be important to your claim later.

If you’ve been in a vehicle accident in The Peach State, pick up the phone and call the experienced Georgia auto accident attorneys at T. Madden & Associates, P.C. (or simply contact us online).

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