Atlanta, GA- A late August accident, involving two motorcycles, a semi and two passenger vehicles which occurred on an Atlanta-area freeway demonstrates the risks drivers take when they drive at extremely high speeds.
The strange chain-reaction collision was set off just after 10 p.m. August 23rd on 1-75 in Clayton County. Police clocked two motorcyclists traveling at 110 mph, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Just minutes later, one of the motorcycles clipped the rear of a Volkswagen. After clipping the passenger vehicle, the motorcyclist lost control and went airborne. The motorcycle flew over the center median and crashed into the windshield of a tractor-trailer traveling southbound.
Not surprisingly, the tractor-trailer driver lost control and his trailer became disconnected from the rig. The trailer then crashed through the center median and struck a SUV traveling north.
“It takes a tremendous amount of force to rupture one of these concrete barriers,” Clayton County police Sgt. Ken Waits told Channel 2.
The front of the rig remained in the southbound lanes and erupted in a blaze, but the deputy who had initially clocked the motorcyclist was able to pull the driver from the cab, before it was completely engulfed in flames.
Meanwhile, the wreckage of the motorcycle erupted in flames, and was struck by a taxi which also caught fire.
The motorcyclist was critically injured, but considering the circumstances of the accident. The truck driver was injured and required hospitalization; his injuries were sustained in the wreck and not caused by the fire. The other motorists were not injured.
Channel 2 News reported that the second motorcycle did not stop. Police later discovered the motorcycle which set of the chain of collisions was stolen.
The numerous interstates in and around Atlanta are very congested, one mistake by a driver can have devastating consequences, especially if a collision involves a tractor-trailer. While this particular accident was not caused by the truck driver, there are plenty of truck accidents in the metropolitan Atlanta area which are and as this accident shows, these large rigs can serious damage.
Tractor trailers are massive vehicles, weighing up to 80,000 pounds. When truck driver causes or is involved in a truck accident, the damage that follows can be devastating to motorists and property. Although commercial trucks are only 3 percent of the vehicles on the road, truck accidents are responsible for 21 percent of all fatal accidents.
Driving a truck carries risks that other motorists are not subjected. Truckers often drive 12 to 14 hours a day without breaks or interruptions. While truck drivers don’t intend to cause accidents but driving for such long hours can lead to drowsiness, distraction and inattention. This can set the stage for a tragic and devastating accident.
There are many truck drivers that have impeccable safety records, but if you have the misfortune of being involved in truck accident caused by a negligent driver, an Atlanta truck accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need.