Dirk - My son and I were driving south through Atlanta Saturday evening about 6 pm on I-285. My son was driving, we were in his G35 coupe. I reminded him a couple times to back off other cars (and he mostly did stay back, just a couple instances that made me leary), because it was raining hard in areas. I told him I believe most crashes root cause were from cars riding too close and having to jam on brakes and swerve when they find cars inches ahead braking.
5 minutes later a young black girl spun her Altima around and backed it into the median wall. Cars EVERYWHERE all piling up on her, people swerving this way and that barely missing each other, looked to me like if we didn't get out of there we would be piled into the back of. Luckily my son didn't panic he just picked his way through carefully. I hate to think what might have transpired behind us after getting through it. But the worst part of it all was, with all this nightmare chaos of traffic going every possible direction, this girl IMMEDIATELY jumps out of her car that was half in the fast lane, backed into the media wall, had to hurdle car parts, and opened her back door and leaned in. If someone had hit her door, should would have become 3 pieces. Upper part, and 2 legs. She looked like she was 17. I would imagine there must have been a baby in the back seat she was risking her life for. Yet if the baby had been in a car seat, it was safer than she was. She should have waited a minute til the traffic settled down, or crawled through the car. But right in the middle of this chaos she jumped out ... it added mayhem to chaos. It was unbelievable.
Daily Atlanta traffic. 80 mph riding each other's bumper not matter the conditions.
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