• May 03, 2022

Three Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA -- May 2, 2022, three people were hurt when two motorcycles hit a parked tractor-trailer on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Roosevelt at Rising Sun Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests that a 38-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were riding one motorcycle in the outer lanes of Roosevelt when they collided with another bike operated by a 30-year-old woman. After that collision one of the bikes hit a nearby 18-wheeler parked on the roadside.

The man and the woman riding one bike were both ejected and were found unresponsive in the roadway. Reports say the man had lost a leg in the crash. Both people were taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The other woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to another hospital.

Investigators believe a non-contact vehicle may have cut the bikes off and caused them to lose control, then left the scene without stopping.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia

Reports paint what seems like a fairly straightforward picture of motorcycles in a serious crash, but things may actually be far more complex than they appear on the surface. There are a number of further concerns about this incident that the news didn't touch on.

  • First, there's the issue of the non-contact vehicle. There may have been no "hit" involved here, but generally speaking it sounds like a hit-and-run occurred. If police suspicions are right then the actions of a third party caused the victims to lose control and crash but the third party then left without offering any aid. That person needs to be caught and questioned about their role in a crash that caused two people life-threatening injuries.
  • Second, Roosevelt Boulevard has apparently been considered an exceptionally dangerous stretch of road for years. Various improvements and renovations have been made but at its heart it's 12 lanes of speeding traffic, heavy rush-hour congestion, and stretches without sidewalks so pedestrians (of which there are many) have to step into the street. It's a little dramatic to call it a "nightmare," but to quote a former chief of staff for the Philly mayor’s office of transportation and utilities "It’s a road that doesn’t work for anybody." If it's really that dangerous and poorly thought out it's possible that influenced Monday night's wreck.
  • It may seem like a bit of an afterthought compared to the other details, but I notice that the victims ran into a parked big rig after they lost control. I'm not sure of the area's classification in city plans, but when I look at Roosevelt and Rising Sun I see a number of houses along the roadway. Philadelphia has city ordinances forbidding commercial trucks with a carrying capacity of more than 1.5 tons from parking on residential streets overnight. Reports don't say whether the trucker intended to leave the rig there all night or not, but it's worth finding out if that driver just decided to eat the $100 fine and park illegally. If the truck shouldn't even have been there and hitting it made things much worse for the two motorcycle riders, the company that owns the truck may have to answer for its driver's decision.

I know that's a pretty big eyeful considering the news just said some motorcycles hit a truck. I got those extra points down to help show that most crashes really aren't as simple as they may seem on the surface. Even if the news or police reports relay what happened accurately, they don't always get to the important parts about why it happened or who's responsible for the damage done. Finding those details often requires a look from an experienced investigator who knows how to dig deeper, and the full story is the least the injured victims deserve here. Depending on what that investigation uncovers there may be more steps to take.

Three Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, PA

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