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Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with Box Truck on SR-4 near Gillis Rd in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County, CA — A motorcyclist lost his life on Friday, June 28, 2024, following a collision with a box truck on State Route 4 in San Joaquin County, as reported by KCRA.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene around 5:08 PM, responding to the crash that occurred on eastbound State Route 4, just west of Gillis Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the incident involved a 2015 freight box truck that had come to a stop, waiting to make a left turn onto Gillis Road. Meanwhile, a 2021 Kawasaki 400 motorcycle, traveling at approximately 55 mph, crossed over double yellow lines to overtake traffic.

As the box truck driver initiated the left turn, the motorcyclist collided with the left side of the truck, impacting the center portion of the trailer. The force of the collision was devastating, and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the box truck was unharmed, according to CHP reports.

Authorities have not yet released the identity of the motorcyclist, other than noting he was a 44-year-old man from Farmington. The crash remains under investigation as officials work to determine the exact circumstances leading to this fatal accident.

Wrongful Death Claims

Establishing fault in a collision can depend on multiple factors. One crucial way a personal injury attorney can assist grieving families is by determining legal liability after the loss of a loved one in a traffic accident.

If another party is found to hold some responsibility for the death, the family may be eligible to file a Wrongful Death claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. This claim can provide compensation to help cover hospital fees, burial costs, and the loss of support for the deceased’s dependents.

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