• May 08, 2017

Derek McClina Killed in Little Rock, AR, Motorcycle Accident

Little Rock, AR -- May 7, 2017, Derek Lamont McClina was killed as the result of an accident where his motorcycle crashed on the interstate.

An accident summary was released by the Arkansas State Police Department that indicated the accident happened around 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of I-630 and Cumberland Street.

According to police investigators, 37-year-old McClina was riding a 2015 Kawasaki motorcycle along the eastbound lanes of I-630. The report states that, for reasons not yet clear, the motorcycle lost control and veered towards the center of the the freeway, colliding head-on into a concrete pillar at the Cumberland overpass.

McClina was ejected from the vehicle onto the roadway where he sustained critical injuries. Official say he died at the scene. At this time, the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

No further information was reported.

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Commentary

Whenever I see accidents like this one, I tend to see a lot of people jumping to conclusions that the driver was at fault for the accident. Usually when there's only a single vehicle involved in an accident, people automatically assume it was due to driver error. The truth is there are a lot of potential factors that can cause an accident like this, and several of them are beyond the control of the driver.

Is it possible this accident was caused by something like speeding or intoxication? Sure. Is it also possible it was caused by a mechanical failure or dangerous debris in the roadway? Absolutely. The point is that these early police reports often don't clear these factors up, and no one truly knows what happened. So while many people are jumping to baseless conclusions, those affected by the accident are seeing these accusations and wondering what actually happened. Oftentimes, police investigations do nothing to solve this and ultimately leave people in the dark.

The point here is that until an independent investigator takes a closer look at this accident, there's no way to be sure what happened. Until all of the facts come to light, people should reserve their judgements and focus on what can be done for the family and friends affected by this tragedy.

--Grossman Law Offices

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