• August 25, 2022

Bruce Scott Hoppas Killed in Truck Accident in Allen County, IN

Allen County, IN -- August 11, 2022, Bruce Scott Hoppas sustained injuries which proved to be fatal following a truck accident.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:15 p.m. on August 11 at the intersection of US 33 and Cook Road.

According to officials, 55-year-old Bruce Scott Hoppas was on a motorcycle traveling northbound on the highway. At Cook Road, it appears a semi-truck "turned onto the road." As a result, the vehicles collided.

Hoppas was taken to a hospital and reportedly died this past weekend, at time of writing. No other injuries were reported. It's unclear if any charges are being considered. Investigations are ongoing.

Commentary on Bruce Scott Hoppas Truck Accident in Allen County

There are reports from when this crash occurred, but they're lacking some of the more shocking details in the more recent reports. Specifically, it stands out to me that the truck was said to be "turning onto" the highway. From the images I can find of the crash scene after the accident, it appears traffic on US 33 would not have any kind of control signage or lighting. In other words, it sure seems like this truck driver failed to yield to the victim and caused this terrible accident.

Now, there could be extenuating circumstances, of course. I wouldn't draw conclusions without knowing the whole story. Something unusual like excessive speeds or not having a headlight could make a situation like this harder to avoid. But even in the more likely event nothing like that happened here, victims and families must always be prepared to prove their side of the story. That's especially true with a motorcyclist.

Bruce Scott Hoppas Killed in Truck Accident in Allen County, IN

Put simply, motorcyclists are looked down upon by a lot of people. Folks are quick to assume the rider was being reckless. Trucking companies and insurance companies know this bias exists, and they try to use it to their advantage whenever possible.

Take for example a crash I handled a while back where a police report said that a motorcyclist was being reckless when it hit a semi-truck. When we actually dug into things, though, we found the officer barely had any evidence to support his claims. The actual evidence showed the motorcyclist simply changed lanes when a semi-truck then cut him off. Had we not looked into things more thoroughly, there's no telling if the truth ever would have come to light.

Like I said, I can't say what did or didn't happen here. But the red flags I'm seeing in these reports are far too familiar to ignore. Hopefully professionals are gathering evidence here to ensure that the facts, rather than unfair biases, can tell the victim's story and get his loved ones the resolution they deserve.

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