Richard E. Choptij Killed in Dump Truck Accident on State Route 92 in Snohomish County, WA
UPDATE (May 20, 2022): Reports identified the man killed in the crash as 53-year-old Richard Choptij. Investigations did not give additional details about the crash.
Snohomish County, WA -- May 11, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle and a dump truck collided on State Route 92.
Investigators reported that the crash took place Wednesday afternoon off the corner of State Route 92 and Jordan Road.
Officials said that a dump truck and a motorcycle collided, but reports did not specify how the collision occurred. As a result of the crash, the motorcyclist succumbed to fatal injuries.
Additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Richard E. Choptij Motorcycle, Dump Truck Accident in Snohomish County
It's not clear what happened here, and that's no doubt due to the fact that commercial vehicle wrecks can be incredibly complex. Hopefully authorities are being careful and making sure they look into all possible factors here. I can't help being cautious with these kinds of accidents simply due to the victim being a motorcyclist.
Too often, I have folks come to me for help after a crash involving a motorcycle only to find everyone is already blaming the motorcyclist. A lot of people have a negative preconception of motorcyclists, and even the authorities can fall into that trap. Without convincing evidence, that bias can sometimes speak louder than the actual facts. Having the experience and legal tools to ensure the facts can speak for themselves is often crucial for victims and families, which is why I hope the proper steps are being taken here to truly find out what led to this tragic event.