Motorcyclist Killed, Another Injured in Crash with Semi-Truck on Rockingham Rd in Davenport, IA
Davenport, IA — November 26, 2022, one person died after two motorcyclists collided with a semi-truck on Rockingham Road in Davenport.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. along Rockingham at Schmidt Road. Prerliminary investigation suggests two motorcycles were headed east on Rockingham, allegedly at high speeds, when they collided with a semi-truck that turned across their path from Schmidt Road.
Both riders were taken to a hospital where one, a 37-year-old man, later died. The other rider was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Davenport Motorcycle Accident on Rockingham
If police got their preliminary details right then it seems like the truck driver turned into the path of oncoming traffic. If that's correct then most might consider the driver (and by extension their employer) responsible for the injuries caused by the collision, meaning it would fall to the company to make things right the best it can.
That may seem reasonable on paper, but crashes involving commercial vehicles are rarely so simple to resolve. It's always important to investigate them carefully and learn all the facts--not only to ensure everyone has the whole story, but also because clear evidence is usually needed to hold the the truly at-fault parties accountable.
Experience has taught me that most trucking companies will fight tooth and nail against accepting liability. That could mean blaming anything else they can (like allegedly-speeding motorcyclists) for the damage done or just dragging their feet as long as possible, but they have no shortage of tricks and tactics to deflect blame and avoid the hot seat. Click below to read more about some obstacles victims of these accidents and their families are likely to face, as well as ways to overcome them.