• July 20, 2017

John Harvey Weeks Killed in Linn County, OR, Truck Accident

Linn County, OR -- July 18, 2017, John Harvey Weeks was killed as the result of an accident where his motorcycle and a truck collided.

The Oregon State Police were called out to investigate the accident scene, which they say occurred just east of Sweet Home along US Highway 20.

At around 10:30 a.m., 65-year-old Weeks was traveling along eastbound US 20 on a motorcycle. Investigators claim that the motorcycle crossed over into oncoming lanes. The motorcycle then collided with a westbound log truck.

Weeks sustained fatal injuries in the collision, and officials report that he died at the scene. The truck driver was hurt in the crash.

Police did not release any additional details.

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Commentary

The reports I'm seeing seem pretty confident that Mr. Weeks's vehicle crossed over the center line, and that could very well be the case. However, over the years I've learned that early news reports and even police reports can leave much to be desired in terms of accurate accident reconstructions. Whether it's a lack of time, resources, or experience, a police report doesn't always get things right, and sometimes they leave out crucial details.

This is why I always encourage those affected by an accident--especially one as complex as a commercial truck accident--to have an independent investigation conducted. A private investigator brings years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that any and all possible factors are considered. At the end of the day, a man lost his life in this accident. I don't know if a secondary investigation would reveal new information about this accident, but those affected deserve to know they're getting the full story.

--Grossman Law Offices

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