• May 11, 2022

Arthur Cole Injured in Motorcycle Accident on TX-36 in Cross Plains

Cross Plains, TX -- April 22, 2022, 37-year-old motorcyclist Arthur Cole was injured in a crash with a car on State Highway 36 in Callahan County.

Reports say the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. on TX-36 at TX-206. Preliminary investigation suggests a Cadillac SRX was traveling south on Highway 206 and stopped at the sign-controlled intersection with Highway 36. The car then proceeded forward as Cole, eastbound on a motorcycle, allegedly failed to stop at his sign and crashed into the Cadillac's passenger side.

Cole was ejected after the impact but reportedly stood up and got back on the bike, leaving the scene and going home. The Cadillac stayed at the scene and its uninjured occupants called 911; Cole later called 911 from home complaining of pain and was transported to a hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Arthur Cole Accident on TX-36 in Cross Plains

We see a lot of hit-and-run crashes here at the firm, but it's not often someone is thrown from a motorcycle and then leaves on it just to identify himself later. It's an unusual sequence of events, but ultimately it boils down to many elements we see around here all the time.

One that stands out is police suspecting the injured man was somehow intoxicated at the time. Some of his described behaviors (speeding, running a stop sign, leaving the scene) are things we've seem impaired people do before, but at the same time it's important to note that impairment's only a suspicion here, not a fact. Unless clear proof can say with certainty that alcohol or drugs were found in the victim's system then nobody should decide that in the meantime.

If evidence confirms that suspicion, though, that might change how the wreck should be dealt with. The DWI suspect would probably be due for some consequences, of course, but more than that any local business that sold or served him too much alcohol should also be held accountable for its role in the damage done. That's a matter for Texas dram shop law, which says businesses can't sell or serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do and he gets hurt or harms someone else, the business may be liable for the injuries caused. Dram shop claims teach reckless bars to behave while giving crash victims a way to seek badly-needed help with their recovery.

That may not apply in the Cross Plains crash; only time and proper investigation could say for sure. I just hope all possible aspects of the wreck are investigated to make sure the injured man gets all the help he has coming to him.

Arthur Cole Injured in Motorcycle Accident on TX-36 in Cross Plains

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