One person was killed on I-75 in south Atlanta after the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) vehicle, according to a report from 11 Alive. GDOT stated that the vehicle involved in the crash was a Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) truck that was being used by workers who were clearing debris from a travel lane when the motorcyclist collided with it.

The accident resulted in the closure of the southbound lanes of the interstate at Northside Drive just before the downtown connector, with travelers being urged to use alternate routes as traffic backed up, including getting off at Howell Mill Road and traveling south to Midtown. The Georgia State Patrol was continuing to investigate the accident at the time of the report. GDOT extended thoughts and prayers to all involved.

According to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, there were nearly 4,000 motorcycle accidents in a year’s time and 42 percent of accidents involving motorcycles occur in the Atlanta region. The counties with the highest number of serious injuries and fatalities from motorcycle accidents include Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, and Bibb. 23 percent of motorcycle operator fatalities involve riders between the ages of 25-34. Hospitalization and emergency room charges pertaining to the treatment of motorcycle accident injuries cost the state more than $220 million a year.

If you were injured or lost a loved one as a result of a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta region, there is a legal process that you can use to seek compensation for the expenses and impacts of your injury or loss. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer from Cambre & Associates can evaluate your case for free, answer your legal questions, and tell you about the services we can provide to assist you as you seek compensation. For more information, send us a message online.