Joseph Matthew Ybarra Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Hunt County, TX
UPDATE (June 3, 2022): Sources identified the man injured in the crash as 34-year-old Joseph Matthew Ybarra. Additional ddetails about the cause of the crash are unavailable at this time.
Hunt County, TX -- April 28, 2022, a Wolfe City man was injured due to an accident where a semi-truck and another vehicle collided on Highway 34.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 1:45 p.m. along Highway 34 near the intersection of CR-4619.
Investigators said that a 34-year-old Wolfe City man was on a motorcycle traveling northbound along the highway. At a private drive, a semi-truck reportedly failed to yield making a left turn, resulting in the motorcycle hitting the truck.
The motorcyclist reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. At this time, additional details about the crash remain unclear.
Commentary on Joseph Matthew Ybarra Semi-Truck Accident in Hunt County
With a situation like this, I'm always even more concerned than usual about how thorough investigators are being. Getting the facts is crucial with any commercial truck wreck. But with motorcyclists, any gap in the story is space for companies to blame the victim. This is due simply to the fact that a lot of people think all motorcyclists are dangerous drivers.
The negative bias against motorcyclists is something anyone with experience in this industry knows about, including insurance and trucking company defense attorneys. They know that people are more likely to believe them when they say a victim was speeding, weaving through traffic, not paying attention, or otherwise being reckless even without any evidence to support those claims. That's why it's so important to take approaches like I do, which is to ensure there's as much clear evidence as possible to anticipate and counter those ridiculous defenses.
At the end of the day, few things speak louder than the facts. Victims and families having those facts in their tool belt is an important step toward getting the help they need and ensuring those responsible for their hardships are held accountable. Relying solely in preliminary reports simply isn't likely to be enough. With that in mind, were steps ever taken here to ensure those involved know the whole story?