Motorcyclist Dead in Crash with Log Truck on CA-299 in Trinity County
Trinity County, CA — August 4, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a logging truck on Highway 299 in Trinity County.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. on Highway 299 east of Highway 3. The cause and circumstances of the accident aren't yet known, but officials say the motorcycle and a logging truck collided in the roadway and the motorcycle rider became trapped underneath the truck.
Investigators later reported the rider died of their injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Motorcycle/Truck Accident in Trinity County
There isn't a lot of clear information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what caused it. Since so many details are still missing, it's best not to try and fill in the blanks with speculation.
Because only clear facts should tell the story police should look into many possible factors including:
- Operator errors like distraction, speeding, or failure to yield;
- Problems or defects in the vehicles involved;
- Road conditions and design;
- Visibility, lighting and sightlines;
- Inclement weather; and
- Traffic patterns in the area.
That's just a handful of many possibilities to look into. Checking all those variables is important, and until more dots are connected it's best not to assume what picture they'll make. Of course, a "by-the-book" police investigation may not actually complete that picture before wrapping up.
After a major accident--particularly one involving commercial trucks or motorcycles, let alone both at once--I suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that no stone was left unturned to find answers. Any other steps beyond simply learning the full story would depend on what that story turns out to be.