Man Injured in Truck, Motorcycle Accident on Highway 356 in Irving, TX
Irving, TX -- September 28, 2022, one person was injured due to an accident where a motorcycle and a semi-truck crashed on Highway 356.
Investigators were called to the area of Highway 356 and Loop 12/Walton Walker at around 6:00 p.m.
They said that a 52-year-old man was on a Yamaha motorcycle traveling westbound on the highway. From oncoming lanes, police say that an eastbound semi-truck made an unsafe turn across westbound lanes, crashing with the motorcyclist.
The unidentified rider sustained injuries said to be incapacitating. Police did not confirm if any charges or citations were filed. No further information is available.
Commentary on Motorcycle, Truck Accident on Highway 359 in Irving
As straight forward as these details may seem now, there is no guarantee anyone is held responsible without clear and convincing evidence that anticipates potential blame-shifting. Here's what I mean by that. Trucking companies have one priority in these situations: avoid responsibility. One of their go-to tactics to this end is blaming the victim. Unfortunately, that's rarely more effective than when they're blaming a motorcyclist.
A lot of people simply look down on motorcyclists and just think they're all reckless daredevils. Those bone-headed riders are out there, for sure, but I know from experience with clients over the years that most riders are incredibly safe. They do everything in their power to protect themselves and others only for drivers in larger vehicles to turn into their path without a second glance, hurting and killing them.
As much as I know that, though, I never take the facts for granted. I know the tricks companies pull on just about every driver, and I know that the scales are already tipped in their favor. Anticipating these strategies and ensuring there is ample evidence to counter whatever claims they come up with is crucial for getting victims and families the help they need. Not only is a crash like this unlikely to be the exception, it's likely to be a perfect example of why extensive evidence and experienced allies are indispensable for ensuring a trucking company takes responsibility for a victim's suffering.