• May 17, 2022

Justin Moon Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Route 706 in Rush Township, PA

UPDATE (May 19, 2022): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as 26-year-old Justin Moon.

Rush Township, PA -- May 16, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a dump truck on State Route 706 in Rush Township.

Preliminary reports don't have many details about what happened. All they say for now is that the incident happened Monday morning on Route 706 between Rt 267 and Highway 858. Investigators believe the motorcyclist was traveling south on the road when he lost control for unknown reasons and crossed into oncoming traffic. He then collided with a northbound dump truck.

The rider suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Justin Moon Accident on Rt 706 in Rush Township

It's not unusual for there to be few details available about a serious wreck so soon after it happens. However, waiting around for authorities to release more information may not be the most prudent course. The fact that the crash involved a motorcyclist only raises further concerns about whether or not the incident will really get the attention it deserves.

Justin Moon Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Route 706 in Rush Township, PA

Commercial truck wrecks are complex enough on their own, but when one collides with a motorcycle it adds further layers. Motorcyclists often get short-changed due to public perception and bias against so-called "daredevil" riders. Because of a few bad apples in the bunch, many riders are unfairly associated with reckless behavior by default. To overcome those preconceptions they usually need thorough independent investigations from professional accident reconstructionists.

Unlike those private investigators, police don't always have the time, equipment, or training needed to find the objective data that tells the real story. If they're the only ones looking into this accident important details may slip through the cracks, which in the case of motorcycle crashes often results in the rider being unfairly blamed. I've seen many reports blame motorcyclists only for us to follow up and learn they did nothing wrong. A second look may be necessary here as well to ensure the victim's loved ones get the full story.


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