Stockbridge, GA — Troopers with the Henry County Police Department are still investigating the fatal accident on I-75 that claimed the life of one motorcyclist. Edward Bridges, 45, was killed on I-75 at about 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2013) after his motorcycle was hit by an 18-wheeler that was changing lanes.

The accident happened just south of the I-75/I-675 interchange on the south side of Stockbridge. According to the reports released by the NBC Channel 11 News, Bridges was riding southbound on I-75 when the 18-wheeler made an unsafe lane change and struck the motorcycle.

Both the 18-wheeler and Bridges’ motorcycle were sent into the median and Bridges was killed immediately. The truck driver, who wasn’t named, was not injured and police officers said that charges are pending against him.

More information will be released later.

Scene of the Accident


As someone who’s handled a lot of trucking accidents, this is unfortunately not an uncommon scenario. However, I commonly hear from trucking companies that motorcycles are harder to see than other vehicles and the they have a duty to stay out of the truck’s blind spots. I think these arguments are completely ridiculous and are simply an excuse for incompetent driving on the trucker’s part. It’s their duty to make sure the lane is clear before moving over and I hope that the trucking company does the right thing and accepts full liability for their driver’s actions. One thing I’ve seen in the past is the trucking company trying to distance themselves from their driver, claiming that their insurance policy doesn’t cover him and that as a contractor, they’re not liable. In those situations, a swift and aggressive investigation is needed to gather the evidence to prove them wrong.


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