Aaron Charter Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Loop 281 in Longview, TX
UPDATE (May 4, 2022): The rider killed in this accident has been identified as Aaron Charter.
Further investigation determined that a Ford Escape was making a U-turn on West Loop 281 when a Charter's eastbound motorcycle, traveling at a high rate of speed, collided with the SUV. Charter received fatal injuries in the crash.
Longview, TX -- April 30, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in an afternoon collision with an SUV along Loop 281 in Longview.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Loop 281 near Bodacious Barbecue. The circumstances of the crash aren't yet known; reports only say that a Suzuki motorcycle and an SUV collided in the area and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Loop 281 in Longview
Reports suggest the SUV made a U-turn in an area with other traffic as the motorcyclist approached. Fault for that situation might arguably be placed on either operator if the reported facts are right, since one driver failed to yield and the rider was allegedly speeding. I am concerned when I see reports about speeding motorcycles, though, because in many cases it's ultimately found that isn't true and they are misrepresented in reports.
Even when they're the victims, riders don't always get a fair shake after these accidents. I've seen too many incidents where investigators didn't give a motorcyclist the benefit of the doubt and just blamed them out of certain inherent biases against supposed "daredevil" riders. In fact, I handled a case recently where police grossly misinterpreted a witness's account of a crash and blamed the involved motorcyclist on their report, only for us to talk to the witness ourselves and find out what he said didn't match up at all with what they wrote. We had to set the record straight to make sure the right people were held accountable for that accident.
None of this is meant to say a rider can't make a mistake. Reports even mention that witnesses, video footage, and forensic evidence at the scene suggest the victim was speeding, which is a pretty hard trio of sources to dispute. However, those same reports say the bike was speeding in a way that the Ford driver couldn't properly estimate it and thought it was safe to turn. I've seen many cases where people mistakenly thought a motorcycle was speeding, but not many at all where someone thought a speeding bike was moving more slowly. How does that work? It's one point of many that I think deserves more careful investigation. How many other victims of crashes like this were unfairly blamed just because of their vehicle?