• August 29, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on State Route 152 in Merced County, CA

Merced County, CA -- August 26, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where a motorcycle and a semi crashed on State Route 152.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 5:30 a.m. outside of Los Banos at the intersection of State Route 152 and Volta Road.

According to officials, a Harley Davidson was traveling along the highway. Reports say that a semi-truck made a left turn "directly in the path" of the motorcycle. The vehicles then collided.

Due to the crash, the motorcyclist succumbed to fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Motorcycle, Truck Accident on State Route 152 in Merced County

While it's not exactly clear what led to this crash, a truck making a left turn into the path of a motorcycle is almost always a sign the truck driver wasn't being attentive enough. Now, are there other possibilities? Certainly. For all we know, the motorcyclist was speeding without its headlight on. My concern, however, is that a lot of people can be quick to assume a motorcyclist was being reckless, and that gives a lot of room to insurance and trucking companies that would use that bias to avoid responsibility for their driver's actions.

Merced County, CA Semi-Truck Accident Kills Motorcyclist on State Route 152

Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation where a police report blamed a motorcyclist for speeding and weaving through traffic where it then hit a semi-truck. When we actually dug into the evidence, however, that turned out to be false. What really happened is a witness told the officer that the motorcyclist passed them on the left, and the officer completely misinterpreted this to mean the victim was being reckless. Our findings helped prove this claim wrong, and only then were we able to set the record straight and get that family the help they deserved.

Now, I don't currently see anything suggesting police made a mistake here. My point is that folks are quick to assume that the facts will come to light and the right people will be held accountable. In reality, that often takes more thorough independent investigations. The sooner victims and families take steps to get clear answers, the sooner they see the resolution they deserve.


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