Richard Leon McDaniel Jr. Injured in Truck Accident on FM 722 in Moore County, TX
UPDATE (June 1, 2022): Reports identified the man injured in the accident as 53-year-old Richard Leon McDaniel Jr. No further information is available at this time.
Moore County, TX -- April 30, 2022, a Guymon, Oklahoma man was injured due to an accident where a truck and a motorcycle collided on FM 722.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 9:15 a.m. along FM 722. Investigators said that a 53-year-old Guymon, Oklahoma man was on a motorcycle traveling southbound along FM 722. Ahead, a semi-truck also going southbound made a left turn. The motorcyclist was reportedly trying to pass the truck as it turned, causing the vehicles to collide.
The motorcyclist reportedly had incapacitating injuries as a result of the crash. No one else was injured. The cause of the crash cannot be confirmed at this time.
Commentary on Richard Leon McDaniel Jr. Truck Accident in Moore County
It's important that folks find a way to think about this crash with an unbiased, open mind. Quite frankly, people are already quick to blame motorcyclists after a crash, thinking they're all just dangerous daredevils. The details in this report certainly raise some red flags, and the evidence may indeed show the motorcyclist made a mistake. That said, there are possibilities to consider the motorcyclist didn't have control over.
Did the truck properly signal? Did they have working brake lights? Did they slam on their brakes? Was something wrong with the road or the motorcycle itself? Is this a notoriously dangerous intersection? Even if something seems unlikely, letting the evidence speak for itself is the best way to ensure people get as much help as they can. It remains to be seen if those steps were ever taken here.