• September 13, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Dump Truck at Fresno and 5th in Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith, AR — September 9, 2022, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in an early-evening collision with a dump truck at a Fort Smith intersection.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at Fresno and South 5th streets. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't clear, but reports say a motorcycle crashed with a dump truck in or near the intersection.

The motorcyclist received serious injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

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

Commentary on Motorcycle/Truck Accident in Fort Smith

There isn't a lot of clear information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what caused it. Since so many details are still missing, it's best not to try and fill in the blanks with speculation.

Because only clear facts should tell the story police should look into many possible factors including:

  • Operator errors like distraction, speeding, or failure to yield;
  • Problems or defects in the vehicles involved;
  • Road conditions and design;
  • Visibility, lighting and sightlines;
  • Inclement weather; and
  • Traffic patterns in the area.

Checking all those potential issues and others is important, and until more dots are connected it's best not to assume what picture they'll make. Of course, a "by-the-book" police investigation might not complete that picture before wrapping up...

After major accidents--particularly ones involving commercial trucks or motorcycles, let alone both at once--I often suggest independent investigations by experienced professionals to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that no stone was left unturned to find answers.

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