• July 18, 2017

Chris Badman Killed in Cass County, NE, Motorcycle Accident

Plattsouth, NE -- July 14, 2017, Chris Badman was fatally injured due to an accident in which his motorcycle and a semi-trailer collided.

According to investigators from the Cass County Sheriff's Department reported that the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 43 and Shire Drive in the southwest part of the county.

Preliminary investigations indicate that 47-year-old Badman was traveling along the highway on a motorcycle. In front of him, a dump truck was attempting to turn left onto Shire Drive. This resulted in a collision, ejecting Badman and critically injuring him.

Emergency response teams came to the scene shortly afterward, but Badman died at the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

Police did not report any charges or citations resulting from the accident. Investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

The reports on this accident aren't clear on a very important detail, which is whether or not Badman was traveling in the opposite direction of the truck or in the same lanes. Based on a lot of similar accidents I've read about just over the last month or so, I'm inclined to believe that the truck turned into the path of the motorcycle without seeing it. It's all too common that drivers of all kinds simply don't look properly enough for motorcycles before cutting them off. Even worse, doing so often ends in fatality, just as this one did.

Despite how common this occurrence is, there is a pervasive misconception that motorcyclists are dangerous drivers who cause accidents. Now I like I many have seen those motorcyclists who barrel down the emergency lane and weave in and out of traffic, but I've learned over the years that these are the bad apples who are spoiling the bunch. Most of the time, motorcyclists are safet conscious drivers who are all too vulnerable to drivers of larger vehicles failing to keep an eye out for them.

Besides being an unfair generalization, this negative bias can directly impact motorcycle accident victims and their families when they are seeking compensation. Just as an experienced motorcycle accident attorney knows of this bias, so to do the insurance companies seeking to avoid paying them compensation. If you've read this blog before, you won't be surprised to know the insurance companies will try and use this bias to their advantage. In order to overcome these tactics, steps must be taken to ensure motorcycle accident victims and their families prepare their case properly and support it with tangible evidence, as is discussed in the article below.

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All this being said, I can't say for sure what happened in this crash without seeing all of the details surrounding it. Regardless, steps must be taken to ensure that all factors are examined closely by a professional and that those affected by this accident are getting a fair chance at getting justice for their pain and loss.

--Grossman Law Offices

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