Motorcyclist Killed in Robstown, TX, 18-wheeler Accident on FM 892
Robstown, TX -- July 19, 2017, a man riding a motorcycle was killed after an accident in which an 18-wheeler pulled into his path on FM 892.
The Texas Department of Public Safety reported on the fatal crash, saying that it happened at around 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of FM 892 and Highway 77.
According to preliminary reports, a motorcyclist was traveling on the service road alongside the highway. At FM 892, an 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield to the motorcyclist as it turned onto the service road. As a result, the motorcycle crashed into the side of the truck.
The motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle, suffering critical injuries. EMS officials say the victim, a 54-year-old, died at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was not injured.
Police did not confirm if any charges or citations were filed. No additional details have been released.
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One of the dumbest arguments I've seen trucking companies make to justify an accident like this is, "Our driver killed the victim because motorcycles are just too small to see." This is the exact same argument many companies make about pedestrians as well, that the driver simply couldn't have seen them because they're so small compared to the truck. If you think this sounds ridiculous, that's because it is. So why do they make these arguments? For the simple fact that they work.
An inexperience attorney might only handle 1 or 2 commercial truck accidents over the course of their entire careers, so they'll be caught off guard when they encounter such an outrageous claim. After handling hundreds of cases like this over the years, I know that these arguments, as distasteful as they are, have to be taken seriously. Those affected by an accident like this must ensure that their case is based on tangible evidence that reinforces their claim and overcomes whatever blame-sifting tactics the trucking company tries to pull. Without a convincing case, a civil juror could potentially find themselves thinking, "Hey they're right, they are too small to see!" This is how, left unchecked, the trucking company shirks accountability.
--Grossman Law Offices