• June 24, 2022

Edward Markham Killed in Motorcycle, Truck Accident in Laurel County, KY

Laurel County, KY -- June 21, 2022, Edward Markham was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle crashed with a commercial truck.

Investigators reported that the crash took place early Tuesday along US 25 near London.

In reports, officials said that 55-year-old Edward Markham was on a motorcycle traveling southbound along the highway. Ahead, reports say a tractor-trailer came out of a parking lot into the path of Markham's motorcycle. This resulted in a collision.

Due to the collision, Markham succumbed to fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Edward Markham Motorcycle, Truck Accident Laurel County

With a crash like this, the facts seem relatively straight forward. In my experience, a truck pulling out of a parking lot is rarely the one in the right. Maybe this particular area is controlled by traffic signals, or perhaps there were extenuating circumstances that need to be considered. But if it turned out the truck driver made a deadly mistake here, it certainly wouldn't be the first time. But it also wouldn't be the first time if it took extensive independent investigations to prove that was the case.

Not long ago, in fact, a family came to me with reports very similar to these. When they got the police reports, though, they were shocked. Police said a witness saw their loved one speeding and recklessly weaving through traffic before hitting a semi that had fully turned out of a parking lot. They were confused because they knew their loved one to be incredibly responsible, so they asked us to look into things. It's a good thing they did because the police completely got the facts wrong.

Edward Markham Killed in Motorcycle, Truck Accident in Laurel County, KY

We went to speak with this witness after reconstructing the scene and seeing that things weren't adding up. That witness was just as shocked as the family to read the reports. They didn't at all match what he told police. All he told them was that the motorcyclist passed him on the left, then went back to the right when a semi truck whipped out of a parking lot directly into the motorcyclist's path. So how did that become a report putting the victim 100% at fault?

Put simply, the investigating officer was a rookie left on their own with little tools, time, and training, and they let their negative bias against motorcyclists warp the details they heard. A lot of people are quick to blame motorcyclists, and unfortunately the authorities aren't immune to this. While the supervising officer revised the reports after seeing our investigations, it took teams of independent professionals just for a family to get the truth about what happened, let alone ensure the person responsible faced consequences.

Just to be clear, that's one example, and two crashes are rarely the same. I can't say what happened here or who's responsible without more thorough independent investigations. My point is to remind people that no crash is ever simple, and there are almost always hurdles standing between families and the answers they need. Ensuring they have the tools and allies to overcome those hurdles needs to be a priority if they're going to see the resolution they deserve.

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