Miguel Rivara Killed in Motorcycle, Truck Accident in Santa Clarita, CA
Santa Clarita, CA -- May 21, 2022, Miguel Rivara was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle and a big rig crashed along the freeway.
Investigators responded to the crash scene near 5 Freeway and 14 Freeway at around 5:13 a.m. At this time, the cause of the crash remains unclear. Authorities said only that 22-year-old Miguel Rivara was on a motorcycle traveling along the southbound lanes of the freeway. Somehow, the motorcycle crashed with a big rig. As a result, Rivara sustained fatal injuries. Investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Miguel Rivara Motorcycle Accident in Santa Clarita
I'm always concerned when I see a motorcycle wreck without any clear details. Quite frankly, people are quick to assume the motorcyclist did something wrong. That's possible, of course, but taking steps to ensure authorities aren't overlooking anything important can be crucial for victims and families.
For example, I had a family come to me a while back with an incident where, according to police, a motorcyclist was being reckless, speeding and weaving through traffic, before hitting a semi-truck. The family wanted a second opinion since they knew their loved one would never be so reckless. As we looked into things, sure enough, it turned out police got the facts wrong.
A witness mentioned in police reports was just plain shocked to see his statements so badly misinterpreted. All he told the officer was that the motorcyclist passed him on the left. Somehow, the officer thought this meant the motorcyclist must have been driving erratically, so the officer blamed the motorcyclist without actually considering the facts. Thanks to our efforts, we showed clear evidence that the truck cutting off the motorcyclist is what caused the wreck, setting the record straight and giving the family in opportunity to confront those responsible.
Now, maybe nothing like that happened here, but it's crucial to ensure steps are taken to anticipate obstacles like this. A victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story, and that's not likely to happen simply waiting around for authorities to file their reports.