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UPDATE: Blaine Thomas Killed In Motorcycle Accident After Hitting Refrigerator On Highway 168 In Fresno

Oct 6, 2018

26-Year-Old  Blaine Thomas Died In Fatal Motorcycle Accident After Hitting Refrigerator In The Middle Of Freeway 168

 FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) A 26-year-old motorcyclist identified as Blaine Thomas was killed in a freak accident after he hit a refrigerator that was laying in the middle of Highway 186 by the Highway 180 connecting ramp.

Fresno police are saying that the car accident took place around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Blaine Thomas was ejected from his motorcycle after he hit the refrigerator.

A driver that saw what happened responded immediately and began performing CPR on the victim until an ambulance arrived. Blaine Thomas was transported to the hospital with critical injuries and was later pronounced dead.

There is no word yet on how the refrigerator ended up in the middle of the freeway. Officers are continuing to investigate the motorcycle crash and working to determine if criminal charges will be brought.

Anyone with knowledge about the driver responsible for the refrigerator should contact the Fresno police department.

Car Accidents Caused By Debris In The Roadway

There have been around 200,000 accidents over the last four years caused by debris in the roadway. This has led to 39,000 injuries and over 500 deaths. Objects like sofas or shredded tires in the road continue to be a major problem. At least one third of the accidents took place as cars were attempting to avoid hitting the debris. It is extremely important that drivers work to secure their load. Ideally, this should be done by a professional who has access to the necessary materials. Depending on the facts of the case, victims of accidents caused by road debris may have legal recourse.

Liability In Accidents Involving Debris In The Roadway

Accidents caused by debris in the roadway often result in serious injuries and even death. Victims may have multiple routes to pursue a claim for damages. These may include:

  1. Driver Negligence: Drivers have a responsibility to properly secure their load and proceed with caution as they are transporting items. A number of accidents occur when speeding drivers spill their loads onto the roadway. Items should be properly secured with multiple strands of rope or tape. Loads should not be topheavy and sticking high into the air. A little bit of common sense can go a long way.

  2. Product Liability Claims: On certain occasions, latches can come undone and cause a vehicle to lose its cargo. If this happened, the manufacturer of the car may face liability for any resulting injuries or deaths.

  3. Vicarious Liability Claims: Companies that load items onto a vehicle may face liability for an accident if their employees did an inadequate job of securing the load. Usually when you buy a refrigerator or large item the business where you purchased it  will load it up for you. Moreover, if a truck loses it’s cargo the company that hired them could be responsible. In many circumstances, commercial trucks are the vehicles that lose items in the roadway.

  4. Municipal Negligence: Cities and state agencies have a responsibility to keep the roadways reasonably safe. This includes taking steps to remove active hazards like debris. If they fail to do this in a timely fashion they could be held liable for an accident. Moreover, if a defect in the roadway caused debris to come loose that could impose liability on a municipal entity. For example, a number of items come loose when a car a truck hits a large pothole.

Victims of an accident caused by road debris can often feel overwhelmed. Among other things, the person responsible is usually not immediately known. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can take steps to help preserve your rights.

Getting Help From A Motorcycle Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Blaine Thomas as they are grieving such an incredible loss. We strongly encourage anyone that may have knowledge about what happened to reach out to the Fresno police department. There needs to be some accountability after this tragedy. No family should ever have to suffer through something like this, especially with a victim who was so young.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed after hitting debris in the roadway you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation into your case and hold the person who harmed you accountable. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims.  Whether you just have questions about your rights or you’re seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we are here for you (888) 888-9285.


  1. FOX26 News Staff. Motorcyclist killed after hitting refrigerator on Fresno highway transition. October 5, 2018.

  2. Nolo Staff. Car Accidents Caused by Debris, Potholes, and Other Road Hazards. 2018

  3. Bart Jansen. AAA: Road debris causes avoidable crashes, deaths. August 11, 2018

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