Mount Zion Man Identified as Motorcyclist Killed in Oakley Collision Involving Semi-Truck
Authorities in Oakley have identified 45-year-old Ricky Allen Smith of Mount Zion as the motorcyclist who was killed in an accident involving a semi-truck.
According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at approximately 5:24 p.m. October 10 near Caleb Road in Oakley. The exact cause of the crash remains unclear.
Smith suffered massive head injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene, sources indicate. The county coroner’s office is reportedly awaiting the results of a routine toxicology test as the investigation continues.
The 77-year-old male operator of the semi-truck that struck Smith was not injured, police said. It is unclear if he will face any charges or citations for his involvement in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.
Motorcyclists have a higher risk of injury or death on roads than the occupants of automobiles because unlike motorists, they don’t have the benefit of being surrounded by a steel frame, airbags, or other automobile safety features. This is why motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic fatalities that occur in the US despite motorcycles making up al fraction of registered vehicles.
As the investigation into the Oakley crash continues, Ricky Allen Smith’s family may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. While no amount of compensation can ever make up for the death of a loved one, a successful resolution of a wrongful death claim and a proper settlement may offer some recompense to the victim’s loved ones.
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