Christopher Reddick Killed in Warwick, RI Motorcycle Accident
Warwick, RI — July 14, 2022, 53-year-old Christopher Reddick was killed in a motorcycle accident on Quaker Lane in Warwick.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:10 a.m. in the area of 565 Quaker Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests Reddick was southbound in the right-hand lane of the road when a tractor-trailer started to exit a parking lot ahead. As the truck made its turn onto the roadway, Reddick used the bike's emergency brake in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a crash.
Reddick, reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Christopher Reddick Accident in Warwick
Reports suggest the truck driver may have failed to yield to thru-traffic and caused the crash by turning into the victim's path. Some may think that's enough to hold the truck driver (and by extension his employer) accountable, but neither truck nor motorcycle accidents are ever open-and-shut.
I worked on a similar case not long ago where things got tricky because a motorcycle and a truck collided. In that situation an 18-wheeler pulled into a motorcyclist's path from a nearby side road, resulting in a fatal crash. While it seemed the truck driver was at fault, the police report blamed the rider instead. It alleged he was speeding and weaving through traffic prior to the collision, keeping the truck driver from seeing him until it was too late.
Investigating on the family's behalf, we learned local police assigned the investigation to a rookie officer who misinterpreted the information provided by a witness. We got in touch with that witness and learned he was drastically misquoted. We took his corrected statement and forensic evidence from the scene back to the police and they amended their report. Armed with that we were able to hold the trucking company accountable for their driver's actions, but despite seemingly-obvious fault they almost got away scot-free after their employee's negligence took a life.
It's experiences like those that make me concerned when I read about a motorcycle crash--particularly if a commercial truck was involved, as companies are happy to use common biases against riders to their advantage. It's never as simple as just pointing out that a truck turned in front of a motorcyclist, and overcoming the additional hurdles takes abundant clear evidence and the know-how to use it.