• May 20, 2022

Daniel James Bennett Killed in Motorcycle, Truck Accident in Penn Hills, PA

Penn Hills, PA -- May 19, 2022, Daniel James Bennett was killed after an accident where a truck and a motorcycle collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:30 a.m. along Milltown Road near Hulton Road.

Authorities did not release specific information surrounding the crash. They said only that 44-year-old Daniel James Bennett was on a motorcycle on Milltown Road when it somehow collided with a truck. The cause of the crash is unclear.

Bennett ultimately succumbed to fatal injuries, reports say. Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Daniel James Bennett Truck Accident in Penn Hills

With motorcycle wrecks, it's always important to make sure investigators are experienced and thorough. That may sound obvious to say, but the reality is a lot of people are quick to jump to conclusions when it comes to motorcyclists. That's because of the common negative bias people have against motorcyclists, believing them all to be reckless drivers. Authorities are unfortunately not immune from this, and that can create serious issues for families that don't take steps to ensure more prudent investigators are looking into things.

For example, I had a family come to me a while back with a situation where police put 100% of the blame on a motorcyclist for crashing with an 18-wheeler. According to their reports, a witness saw the victim speeding and weaving through traffic just before the collision. That stood out to the family because they knew their loved one was more responsible than that. So, they asked us to look into things, and our investigations revealed that the investigating officer screwed up big time.

Daniel James Bennett Motorcycle, Truck Accident Penn Hills, PA

We spoke with the witness in the reports, and his jaw hit the floor reading the reports. They didn't at all match what he said to the officer. All he said was that the motorcyclist passed him on the left, then changed lanes to the right. In fact, the witness testified to going under the speed limit due to the cargo he was hauling at the time. It was actually the 18-wheeler coming out of the parking lot into the motorcyclist's path that caused the crash. Forensic investigations would go on to confirm these new details.

To be clear, I'm not trying to say that happened here or to cast shade at whatever department is in charge of this particular crash. My point is that it took experienced truck wreck attorneys catching evidence that should have been obvious to set the record straight. Left solely in the hands of an inexperienced officer that thinks a motorcyclist passing someone must have meant they were being reckless would only serve to keep the family in the dark and cause them more hardship.

That's just one of the reasons why thorough independent investigations are so important after a crash like this. Maybe nothing unusual happened here, and maybe the investigations will ultimately confirm what authorities already know. The priority should simply be to ensure the victim's loved ones are getting the answers they deserve.

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