Ricardo Banda Guzman Killed, 1 Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Weslaco, TX
Weslaco, TX -- May 18, 2022, Ricardo Banda Guzman was killed and one person was injured due to an accident where a motorcycle crashed.
Investigators reported that the crash took place early Wednesday near South Border Avenue and Mile 5 North.
Officials said that 38-year-old Ricardo Banda Guzman and a woman were on a motorcycle traveling southbound on Border. The motorcycle reportedly lost control, then slid into a fence.
Guzman was said to succumbed to fatal injuries due to the crash. The woman was taken to a hospital. Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of the crash.
Commentary on Ricardo Banda Guzman Motorcycle Accident in Weslaco
In recent reports, authorities mentioned they're looking into alcohol as a possible factor here. Just to be clear, I have seen countless reports where police brought that up simply because it's such a common factor, and further investigations showed alcohol had nothing to do with the wreck. The same could prove true here, and I think motorcyclists catch enough flak that speculating without any evidence isn't going to do any good.
But if alcohol was a factor, it's important to understand why that could be so complex for those involved. Put simply, if alcohol contributes to a serious crash, and the alcohol was over-served to the driver by a local business such as a bar, that establishment can be liable under dram shop law for their role in the crash. Not only is this important for the victims and families in need of help, but it can help hold a negligent business accountable when they may otherwise slip through the cracks.
Again, I can't say if that happened here without more thorough investigations. I just know from experience how little attention the authorities give to crashes like this. Getting clear answers can be vital in giving families the tools needed for whatever path lies ahead for them, and I see no reason why this crash would be the exception.