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Stolen Motorcycle Causes Clayton County Tractor-Trailer Crash

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

This is one of the most unusual accidents our Atlanta car accident lawyers have encountered. A speeding motorcyclist crashed a stolen bike into a semi-truck causing a fiery chain reaction crash that reads like a scene from an action movie.

The Clayton County accident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2013. A Clayton County sheriff’s deputy observed two motorcycles headed north on I-75 near Mt. Zion Boulevard. The bikes were travelling at 110 miles per hour. One of the motorcycles hit the back of a Volkswagen traveling in the same lane. The motorcyclist lost control of his bike and the cycle went airborne. The bike flew over the median wall and into the windshield of a tractor-trailer heading south.

The impact caused the driver of the semi-truck to lose control of his vehicle. The trailer disconnected from the tractor and spun through the concrete median wall into the northbound lanes. It struck an SUV that was headed north.

The tractor remained in the southbound lanes where it burst into flames. The officer who observed the accident rescued the driver from his burning truck.

Meanwhile, the motorcycle that was still in the southbound lane caught on fire.  A southbound taxi crashed into the motorcycle’s wreckage and also burst into flames.

The motorcyclist sustained critical injuries and was taken to the hospital. The truck driver was also injured. No one else was hurt.

The second motorcyclist did not stop. Police later determined that both motorcycles were stolen.

All lanes of I-75 were shut down for several hours while first responders cleared the wreckage.

It may seem that the motorcyclist is clearly at fault for the Clayton County truck wreck. However, an insurance company may determine that others share liability. For example, the insurance company might say that the truck’s owner is to blame for the detachment of the trailer. This is why it is especially important that an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer investigate multi-vehicle accidents.

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