Motorcyclist Killed After Hitting Stalled Car on I-285 in DeKalb County, Georgia
DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – August 24, 2018 (cbs46.com) A motorcyclist died August 24 in DeKalb County, Georgia, after crashing into a stalled car on Interstate 285, according to an online article from cbs46.com.*
DeKalb County authorities say the crash occurred in the afternoon on August 24. A woman had been involved in a minor accident on Interstate 285 near Moreland Avenue, and her car was stalled on the interstate. A motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed hit her car, authorities said. The motorcyclist died on scene, and the woman sustained minor injuries.
Neither the woman nor the motorcyclist has been identified at this time. Authorities are continuing to investigate the collision and have not released additional information at this time.
Since 2007, according to data from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, more than 10 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state of Georgia involved motorcyclists. In 2016, approximately 173 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle accidents, which represented a 26 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities since 2014.
Lack of helmets is a continuing problem in Georgia, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, with incidents involving motorcyclists without helmets on the rise since 2013. In 2016, an estimated 10 motorcyclist fatalities involved un-helmeted riders. However, the number of un-helmeted riders seemed to decline after 2016.
In 2017, 209 motorcyclists were killed in vehicle crashes, and data indicate 3 percent of those people were not wearing helmets. So far in 2018, the Office reports 264 people have died in motorcycle accidents in Georgia, three of whom were not wearing helmets.
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