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Motorcyclist Christopher Pollard Killed in a Crash with a Semi-truck on US 165 in Ouachita Parish Crash, Louisiana

Monroe, La. Forty-four-year-old Christopher Pollard died Tuesday in an accident with a Kenworth semi-truck. The collision happened on US 165 at Charleston Rd shortly before 7 p.m.

Preliminary reports state a Kenworth semi-truck traveling south on US 165 initiated a left turn directly into Pollard’s path, who was traveling north, resulting in a collision.

Pollard died on the scene despite wearing a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet.

No further details have been released.

Thoughts on semi-trucks and motorcycle collisions

It’s disheartening to read that an early evening drive turned deadly for one person. It reminds us how dangerous our roadways can be and how safety should always be at the forefront while driving. This is especially true for large commercial trucks that can inflict substantial harm on smaller vehicles. Semi-truck drivers have an obligation always to drive safely, and when they fail to, and someone is killed, they should be held accountable.

Left turns and large trucks don’t mix well. These turns take practice, patience, and space. Many serious accidents happen when a commercial truck makes a left turn prematurely. When truckers are about to turn left, they should slow down, signal, position themselves in the correct lane, and check their mirrors constantly to ensure the area is clear of smaller vehicles, like motorcycles. Did the trucker in this incident follow these safety steps? Why did they not see Mr. Pollard’s motorcycle? These are questions that need answers.

The surviving family deserves to know what caused their loved one to lose their life and the right to hold the wrongdoers accountable. An investigation by trained professionals can help the family receive whatever sense of justice can be found in the wake of the tragic death.

Our thoughts are with Mr. Pollard’s family as they navigate the long road ahead.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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