October 7 was a sad day for the community when 30-year-old Chassity Hogan lost her life in a tragic car accident. Hogan was behind the wheel of a 2014 Hyundai Elantra in the early hours of the morning when she entered Interstate 75 going in the wrong direction, driving southbound on a ramp meant for northbound traffic.
Unfortunately, that type of scenario usually leads to a tragic outcome. Hogan’s car crashed into an oncoming 2017 Volvo tractor-trailer, whipping her car into the guardrail. The truck was driven by 38-year-old Jose Henriquez.
Henriquez wasn’t injured in the accident, however Hogan was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office.
There’s still a lot that’s unknown about the incident, such as why Hogan was driving in the wrong direction. The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Cobb Police.
During collisions such as this one, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are at a major disadvantage. While it’s somewhat obvious that a larger car might be able to withstand blunt impact more than a smaller vehicle, the height of each car can also affect how an accident unfolds. Because the bumper area of a tractor trailer is generally higher than a standard car’s windshield, airbags and other protective mechanisms may not be triggered since the impact did not take place in the front of the vehicle.
It’s advisable to drive even more slowly and carefully in the dark to ensure that signs are being properly read before entering the highway.
Rafi Law Firm is saddened to hear about this tragic event. If you or someone you love is involved in a vehicle accident, please reach out to us at (404) 800-1156.