GROVES, Texas – A young man passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022, following a collision between his motorcycle and a big rig at the intersection of 39th Street and Pure Atlantic Road (Highway 366 in Groves, Texas.
A semi-truck traveling northbound on Pure Atlantic Road attempted to turn right onto 39th Street. Then, a motorcyclist following the big rig collided with the truck's trailer. The crash caused the biker to lose control of the motorcycle and crash.
The victim was quickly transported to Christus St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, Texas, but later succumbed to his injuries. A Justice of the Peace ordered an autopsy of the motorcyclist.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident. No additional information is currently available.
Legal professionals should investigate fatal accidents before liability is ascribed.
While some may quickly assume that the motorcyclist followed too closely to the semi-truck or failed to slow down due to a distraction, there may be other plausible explanations for what caused the young man's death. Frequently, accidents with big rigs are complicated by factors unknown to the parties involved until an independent investigator can thoroughly analyze the crash. Therefore, we should not be quick to find fault in a tragic wreck like this. Instead, the victim's family may wish to consult with an experienced lawyer to initiate an investigation.
Skilled attorneys recognize that all drivers on the roadway must be cautious and aware of their surroundings. However, personal injury lawyers dealing with trucking accidents know that truck drivers must be incredibly diligent when driving to protect themselves and others from severe injury or death. Indeed, truck drivers must undergo regular training to ensure they know basic traffic rules, turning maneuvers, and much more. Their employers, commercial trucking companies, generally provide this training.
When a personal injury attorney begins to investigate a crash with a semi-truck, they look beyond the crash site. Attorneys can request documents and records of past training and protocols to determine whether the truck driver had adequate training before driving with other motorists. Often, attorneys reveal what police do not: whether the trucker involved in the accident completed sufficient training. If not, victims' families can demand answers from trucking companies and drivers regarding the increased risk of driving without proper training.
Other times, independent investigations can reveal what happened moments before a crash. For example, the trucker may have forgotten to signal for the turn, or the brake lights might have malfunctioned. Either way, it is easy to see why a trained attorney should perform an investigation before fault is assigned to any party involved.
Here, a young man lost his life, and his grieving family is left to shoulder his unexpected loss's emotional and financial burden. If the truck driver or trucking company demonstrated any negligence in causing this crash, the victim's family should be provided with answers and justice.