Van Zandt County, TX — November 11, 2017, Brian Rios was fatally injured due to an accident where his motorcycle and another vehicle collided.
According to preliminary details released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the incident happened at around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of US Highway 64 and FM 314.
Their preliminary reports indicated that 44-year-old Rios was traveling eastbound along the highway on a motorcycle. In front of him, a car on FM 314 turned onto the highway into the path of the motorcycle. This resulted in a collision, ejecting Rios onto the roadway.
Rios sustained critical injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. He later died there.
At this time, the police have not released any additional details surrounding the accident.
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There many accidents where I’ll read comments and see people jumping to conclusions about how the motorcyclist probably did something wrong to cause the accident. However, I and many motorcyclists across the country know that there are countless examples of incidents where larger vehicles turn or change lanes into the path of a motorcyclist and cause an accident. Despite this, the negative bias against motorcyclists still persists.
Where this becomes an issue is when trying to get an insurance company to pay fair compensation. Insurance companies often try to shift blame off of their driver in order to avoid liability, and playing off the misconceptions of potential jurors is all too easy for them if they aren’t properly countered.
I’m not necessarily saying this applies to this particular accident, since I can’t really say what happened here. That being said, the fact this incident involves a motorcycle warrants further investigations by an experienced professional to ensure that facts take precedent over unfair misconceptions.
–Grossman Law Offices