• May 18, 2017

Dewayne Miller Killed in Jackson, MS, Motorcycle Accident

Jackson, MS -- May 16, 2017, Dewayne Miller was fatally injured following an accident where his motorcycle collided with an 18-wheeler.

The Jackson Police Department received the emergency call around 10:00 p.m. to respond to the intersection of Medgar Evers Boulevard and Boling Street.

According to initial police reports, 41-year-old Miller was driving a motorcycle along Medgar Evers when his vehicle somehow crossed paths with an 18-wheeler. This resulted in a two-vehicle collision which caused severe damage to the motorcycle.

As a result of the crash, Miller suffered fatal injuries. It's unclear if he died at the scene or later on. No other injuries were reported.

Police did not say what might have caused the accident, and no charges or citations were reported. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

It goes without saying that any accident, especially one involving a fatality, is going to bring many difficulties--not even considering the sheer tragedy it brings to the loved ones of the victims. Something that makes this particular accident unique, however, is the fact that it involves a motorcycle. Many people might think an accident like this would involve the same sorts of factors as any other two-vehicle accident, but there is actually an issue with motorcycle accidents of which many aren't aware.

The issue is that a large portion of the general public holds a negative bias against motorcyclists and believe they are all dangerous drivers. When they think of a motorcyclist, they imagine someone driving at high speeds, barreling down the shoulder, and weaving in and out of traffic. What they aren't considering is the vast majority of motorcyclists who drive the speed limit, follow at appropriate distance, and wear their helmets. I know from experience that many motorcycle accidents are the result of larger vehicles failing to see the smaller bike on the roadway and either changing lanes or turning into their path. Despite this, a lot of people will still automatically assume a motorcyclist was at fault for an accident in which they were involved.

So how exactly does this make things difficult for motorcycle accident victims? When an accident involves a commercial vehicle, there's a strong chance seeking compensation from them is going to end up at a civil trial, which of course will have a jury made up of members from the general public. And who do we know holds a bias against motorcyclists? The general public. And who do you think knows all too well this bias exists? The trucking company's defense team, and there's no doubt they'll try to use this prejudice to their advantage.

If victims and their families go into a case against a trucking company with an inexperienced professional, they may not have the right evidence on their side to properly counter the trucking company's blame-shifting tactics. The reality is that even a bad defense based upon bad evidence can beat a good theory of liability with no evidence. The fact that the defense can play off a jury's preconceived notions is just another advantage the trucking company can utilize.

But I'm not saying any of this to imply holding these trucking companies accountable is impossible. On the contrary, it's entirely achievable. The key is to have the aid of an experienced professional who knows the difficulties involved in these kinds of accidents. Doing so allows victims and their families the tools necessary to ensuring their fight for justice is fair.

--Grossman Law Offices

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