• May 26, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Accident with Box Truck on Roy Orr Blvd in Grand Prairie, TX

Grand Prairie, TX -- March 28, 2022, a 40-year-old motorcyclist was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Roy Orr Boulevard in Grand Prairie.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:35 p.m. on Roy Orr near Rock Island Road. Preliminary investigation suggests an International box truck was pulling out of a business parking lot when the driver failed to yield to an approaching Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Roy Orr. The rider laid the bike down to avoid crashing into the truck; the box truck driver, unaware of the motorcycle, continued south on Roy Orr and was later identified via surveillance video.

The rider reportedly suffered minor injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on Roy Orr Blvd in Grand Prairie

If reports have their facts straight it seems like the victim's injuries were caused by the truck driver failing to yield to his motorcycle. The driver and his employer might feel differently, so it would probably be in the rider's best interests to gather what evidence he can showing he had no alternative but to lay the bike down in the moment. Without clear proof of what happened, the company might try to argue he could have steered clear or simply stopped. Whether that's true or not, the company will try to say their driver's not to blame for the damage done so it's better to have the necessary tools to overcome their objections.

Of course all that may be mostly academic here. Careful investigation and gathering evidence are always a good idea after a wreck but some may think it's unnecessary since the victim's injuries were reportedly minor. I certainly hope that's true, but at the same time I've seen many cases over the years where early reports didn't properly assess the damage.

Motorcyclist Injured in Accident with Box Truck on Roy Orr Blvd in Grand Prairie, TX

Here's an example: Not long ago I worked on a case where a man's supposedly-minor back injury turned to paralyzing pain within a week of his crash with a big rig. Scans showed that his "sore back" was actually a ruptured spinal disk and its effects just took a short while to really show. Not only did that injury require extensive testing and surgery, but it also took months of legal battles with the at-fault company's insurer before they agreed to help. Little about his experience was "minor."

I hope nothing like that happens after the Grand Prairie accident and there's no particular reason to think it will. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take every truck wreck seriously--even if its impact seems minimal. At worst a victim is overprepared and no action is necessary, which is always better than the opposite.

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