• September 12, 2022

Aaron Atkinson Killed by Crossover Truck Driver on NY-13 in Lenox

Lenox, NY — September 3, 2022, 60-year-old motorcyclist Aaron Atkinson was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on State Route 13 in Lenox.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:00 a.m. on Route 13 near Lewis Point Road. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was northbound on the roadway when the driver lost control and traveled over the center line. The truck then collided with Atkinson's southbound Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Atkinson was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was unhurt; investigators say he may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident and was recently charged.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Aaron Atkinson Killed by Crossover Truck Driver on NY-13 in Lenox

Commentary on Aaron Atkinson Accident on Rt 13 in Lenox

There's more investigating to do here, but considering what reports say happened and the potential charges against the truck driver it sounds a lot like he's to blame for this terrible and tragic event. With the facts arrayed against him this way folks may assume he and his employer will have little choice but to do the right thing and make what amends they can to the victim's loved ones.

I understand how things might seem that way, but I often caution people against thinking an accident--especially one with a commercial truck--is as straightforward as the news portrays it. 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, but it's important not to underestimate how stubborn and inventive trucking companies and their attorneys will get to avoid liability and protect their assets. Click below to learn more.

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