Landry Davis Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Paramount Boulevard in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX -- April 21, 2022, 40-year-old Landry Davis was injured in a motorcycle accident on Paramount Boulevard in Amarillo.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:40 a.m. on Paramount at Olsen Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Davis was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Paramount. He was approaching the Olsen intersection when he lost control and laid the bike down for unknown reasons. Reports say he didn't strike any objects or other vehicles before the crash.
Davis suffered serious injuries in the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Landry Davis Accident on Paramount Blvd in Amarillo
UPDATE (May 25, 2022): Later reports say the victim had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .254 at the time of the crash. I don't say that with any judgment, but knowing that he was significantly over the legal limit for intoxication may change how the accident should be addressed.
A lot of people think DWI begins and ends with the driver, but that's not always true. Depending on certain factors, Texas businesses that serve alcohol may also be responsible for the injuries their customers cause or suffer while drunk.
Under dram shop law alcohol vendors like bars and restaurants are prohibited from selling or serving drinks to obviously intoxicated customers. It's unclear whether a bar had anything to do with the Amarillo victim's impairment, but that should be carefully investigated in case it should answer for the damage its reckless over-service caused.
Despite the serious damage that often follows them, dram violations receive little attention from police. That's why if a bar is suspected of over-service (it happens all the time) then the people hurt by that are often best served by seeking help from independent investigators. Those professionals know what proof to look for and how to get it, and armed with what they find many folks affected by a bar's negligent over-service have held it accountable for what followed.
ORIGINAL: It's not entirely clear what happened here, but my concern is some folks may be quick to jump to conclusions. Even police seem to think intoxication might have played a part here, yet all they can really say happened is a motorcycle crashed. Where did their suspicion come from?
That's a point of concern after many motorcycle accidents. Many folks are quick to blame the riders, who are often presumed to be reckless daredevils, after just about any crash they're involved in--long before investigators can even really say what happened. In reality there are all kinds of possible reasons someone could crash on a motorcycle, and many of those reasons are things the riders have little to no control over.
Is it possible the crash happened due to something like intoxication, distraction, or speeding? Of course, but that doesn't mean authorities should overlook other possibilities like road hazards, mechanical issues, tire blowouts, or even other drivers who left the scene. A few sentences in a report don't come close to telling the whole story, which is exactly what folks should wait for instead of jumping to conclusions.