Late on Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona, a motorcycle was involved in an accident with a U-Haul truck which took the life of the male rider.
Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Sergeant Trent Crump, stated that the crash occurred shortly before midnight at Bell Road and 43rd Street.
Crump informed that the U-Haul moving truck had been heading westbound on Bell Road and was in the process of turning left onto southbound 43rd Street, when the rider, heading east, slammed into the passenger side of the truck.
An investigation revealed that the motorcycle had just been purchased by the rider the day of the crash, and that the man was using it for the first time.
Crump stated that the cyclist was apparently operating the bike without the headlight on, and without using any other lighting equipment.
The motorcyclist was wearing his helmet, along with other protective equipment, but received severe injuries. He was taken to a local hospital where was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the U-Haul was apparently wearing a seatbelt and was uninjured in the crash.
Crump further stated that impairment does not appear to be a factor in this incident, and that the investigation is ongoing.
As a Phoenix accident lawyer, you are reminded on a daily basis of how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be.
It is not yet clear why the rider's headlight was not being implemented at the time of the crash. Whether it was defective, or not turned on by mistake, it seems that this was a major contributing factor in the crash.
It is conceivable, however, that the driver of the moving truck could be held paritially negligent, depending on the natural lighting that was present at that time and in that location, though this may be a stretch.
Our accident law firm Phoenix offers our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the motorcyclist who lost his life a result of this tragic incident.