• February 03, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Tow Truck Accident on US 1 in Sebastian, FL

Sebastian, FL -- February 1, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where a motorcycle crashed with a tow truck along US 1.

Investigators were called to the intersection of US 1 and 99th Street, just off Barber Street and Schumann Drive.

According to reports, a 31-year-old man was on a motorcycle traveling southbound on US 1. At 99th, authorities say that a flatbed tow truck turned onto US 1, following which the motorcycle crashed into the back of the tow truck.

As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries. Right now, authorities have released no further details.

Commentary on Motorcycle, Truck Accident on US 1 in Sebastian

Just to be clear, I don't know any more about this crash than what's in these initial reports. However, certain details stand out to me. The most up to date images I can find of this particular intersection show that traffic on US 1 has the right-of-way. Does that mean the tow truck cut off the motorcyclist when turning off of 99th Street? That may sound like the kind of thing authorities would be looking into, and maybe they are. But without the right experience and tools, it's possible that authorities overlook something crucial the family needs to hear.

One particular concern I have in these situations is how investigators treat motorcyclists. Put simply, a lot of people have a negative bias against motorcyclists, assuming they're all reckless drivers. That can sometimes cause less experienced investigators to make big mistakes.

Motorcycle Tow Truck Accident US 1 99th street Sebastian, FL

For example, I had a case not long ago where a motorcyclist crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler. According to the police, a witness saw the motorcyclist speeding and weaving through traffic before the collision, causing the crash. The victim's loved ones were confused since they knew the victim would never be so reckless, so they asked us to look into things. Our investigations ultimately showed that the police got the facts completely wrong.

We went to speak with the witness mentioned in the police reports. When we showed him the reports, his jaw dropped. They didn't at all line up with what he told police. What he told them was that the motorcyclist passed him on the left, then maneuvered back to the right. Due to the clear negative bias against motorcyclists, the officer took that to mean that the motorcyclist was driving dangerously when in fact the victim didn't do anything unusual at all. It was actually the 18-wheeler turning out of a parking lot that caused the crash.

Only after we got all of this information were we able to get the authorities to amend their reports and admit they made a mistake. Again, I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but one officer's mistake nearly cost a family their opportunity to get the truth. Perhaps authorities will be more thorough here, but I've learned throughout my career that waiting around to find out is rarely the prudent path forward.

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