Dustin Mergell Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Lewisville, TX
Lewisville, TX -- April 8, 2022, Dustin Mergell was injured due to an accident where Mergell's motorcycle crashed along the roadway.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:11 a.m. along Valley Ridge Boulevard near Shannon Drive.
According to officials, 41-year-old Dustin Mergell was on a motorcycle traveling westbound along Valley Ridge. Somehow, the motorcycle left its lane and hit a concrete barrier.
Mergell reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the accident. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Dustin Mergell Motorcycle Accident in Lewisville
There are a lot of things surrounding these reports which make me concerned about whether or not authorities are actually giving the crash the attention it deserves. There are several types of accidents where people are quick to assume the driver did something wrong: early morning wrecks, single-vehicle wrecks, and motorcycle wrecks. This crash appears to involve all three situations. So why does that matter?
In my experience, people tend to assume that the driver was being reckless, looking at their phone, or under the influence of alcohol. Are these possible factors? Absolutely, and they do warrant investigations. That can even involve complex issues like dram shop law if a local alcohol provider illegally over-served the victim and is responsible for the resulting injuries.
But are authorities also looking into less likely possible factors? Were there mechanical issues? A tire blowout? Road defects? Poor lighting or a lack of signage? Some other reckless driver that left the scene? Put simply, ignoring something just because it seems unlikely is a good way to let important information slip through the cracks. Making sure things are handled by experienced investigators can help to ensure that the victims and families involved are getting the full story. It remains to be seen if those steps were taken here.