• September 15, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on Rt 111 in Imperial County, CA

Imperial County, CA — September 14, 2022, a 40-year-old motorcyclist died in a collision with a semi-truck on State Route 111 in Imperial County.

Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday along Route 111 near Beal Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Honda motorcycle east on a private dirt road when he may have crossed into Route 111 and entered the path of a southbound Peterbilt 18-wheeler. The truck and the motorcycle collided on the highway.

The motorcyclist, reportedly not wearing safety gear, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Imperial County Motorcycle Accident on Rt 111

The news paints a picture of a possibly-reckless motorcyclist crossing into a big rig's path. I wish I could say I was surprised, but that's usually the favored narrative in stories like this one. Motorcyclists often get a pretty bad rap from the news, police, and the public at large.

That's not to say riders can't make mistakes, just that they're often blamed for their crashes even if something out of their hands was really responsible. Look at the crash above and consider how many details aren't even available yet: What condition was the motorcycle in? If the bike was on a dirt road, did it lose traction? Was the truck driver fully awake and paying careful attention to his surroundings? Is there any warning signage at the roads' crossing telling people to watch out for one another? What time did the collision occur? What were light conditions and sightlines like there?

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Semi-Truck on Rt 111 in Imperial County, CA

That's just a handful of the many specifics that still need addressing to be sure the whole truth is learned. People may just be tempted to point fingers at a supposedly-careless rider, but without knowing the full story that's unfair. Maybe a closer look will confirm something to that effect, but it's always best to find all the facts and let them do the talking.

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