Dominic Cunahan Killed in Williams County, ND Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 50
Williams County, ND — September 2, 2022, 18-year-old motorcyclist Dominic Cunahan died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 50 in Williams County.
Reports indicate the incident happened around 10:15 a.m. along Highway 50 at 139th Avenue NW. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler began to turn onto the highway from 139th and entered the path of the victim's eastbound motorcycle. The two collided in the highway's travel lanes.
The rider, wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dominic Cunahan Accident on Hwy 50
Pictures of the intersection where this terrible crash occurred show that vehicles on 139th Avenue are meant to yield to cross-traffic on the highway. From the way things are described in reports it seems like the truck driver failed to do so, which most may interpret to mean that driver is at fault and his employer will have little choice but to accept liability and make what amends it can to the victim's family.
That may seem reasonable on its face, but I often caution people not to assume things are as straightforward as reports make them sound. I've also told many folks not to take a trucking company's compliance as a given no matter how clear the early details seem.
Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Some may not see how that'd be possible given how this wreck allegedly occurred, but it's important not to underestimate how inventive (or cold-hearted) trucking companies can get if they think they might escape liability that damages their bottom line.
Click the image below to learn about some of the steps companies take to get an advantage over the people hurt by their employees.