• January 19, 2021

Rider Critically Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Coaltown Road in Willis, TX

Willis, TX -- January 18, 2021, a motorcyclist was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash on Coaltown Road in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Coaltown near State Highway 75 in Willis. The rider of a Honda 1200 motorcycle was headed east when he reportedly failed to negotiate a curve in the road, laying the bike down and sliding into some brush in the yard of a private residence.

The rider, reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was transported to HCA Conroe in critical condition.

DPS is investigating the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Coaltown Road in Willis

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There's very little specific information about what happened here, but something tells me that won't stop some readers from jumping to conclusions anyway. When a motorcycle is involved in a crash, some folks have the unfortunate tendency to heap all the blame on the rider--often without any particular reason or evidence. This stems from an unfortunate public bias toward motorcyclists, assuming they're all "daredevils" that don't follow traffic laws. Quite to the contrary, the majority of riders are even more careful than ordinary motorists, because they understand what it means if they crash a vehicle without seat belts or airbags. Those keen to blame this rider should keep that in mind and wait for more information.

Blaming someone out of the gate for something as innocuous as their vehicle of choice is irresponsible and disrespectful, and it flies in the face of prudence. For all anyone knows, the rider didn't "fail to take the curve" but rather had a medical issue or a mechanical problem with his bike. Until investigators know specifically what did it, the culprit could be almost anything. That's one reason why I always caution people to take initial reports with a grain of salt: Only once investigators look into all contributing factors can those affected by the crash get the answers they deserve.

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