• September 06, 2022

Joao Carvalho Killed in Crash with Tanker Truck on 10th St in Deerfield Beach, FL

UPDATE (September 12, 2022): Authorities have identified the victim of this accident as Joao Carvalho.

Deerfield Beach, FL — September 2, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with a commercial tanker truck on 10th Street in Deerfield Beach.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:40 a.m. on the 1100 block of Southwest 10th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Suzuki motorcycle wet on the roadway, approaching the 12th Avenue intersection, as a Volvo tanker truck was eastbound on the other side.

The truck driver stopped at the crossroads in the left-turn lane, then started to turn onto northbound 12th. The turning truck entered the path of the westbound motorcycle, which hit its front passenger-side tandem axle.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Joao Carvalho Killed in Deerfield Beach, FL Motorcycle Accident on 10th Street

Commentary on Joao Carvalho Motorcycle Accident on 10th St

It's too early to say exactly what happened here. Some may see the truck turned into the motorcycle's path and assume that's enough to blame the truck driver, but it's important to consider all the possible variables before drawing conclusions. How far away was the motorcycle when the truck started to turn? How fast was the victim traveling? What was visibility like at the time? Were both vehicles' lights on since the sun hadn't fully risen by that time? Does the intersection have protected left-turn arrows?

That's just a handful of the questions that need clear answers supported by evidence. If all the details aren't worked out that might leave room for misunderstandings--or just as damaging, "creative" interpretations of what happened from the trucking company.

I often caution people against thinking an accident--especially one with a commercial truck--is as straightforward as the news often suggests. I also urge them not to take a trucking company's cooperation for granted, no matter how damning the preliminary details may 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 here if the truck driver didn't yield, but it's important not to underestimate how stubborn trucking companies and their attorneys will get to avoid liability and protect their assets. Click below to learn more.

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