• June 10, 2022

Richard Simpson Killed in Motorcycle Accident off Central Expy in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — May 22, 2022, 52-year-old Richard Simpson died in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident off North Central Expressway in Dallas.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:45 p.m. on Central near Routh Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Simpson was riding an Indian motorcycle south on the North Central service road near Routh when he reportedly failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle rode over the outside curb and left the roadway, then crashed into a concrete overpass column.

Simpson suffered critical injuries in the crash. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Richard Simpson Accident off Central Expy in Dallas

Something I contend with a lot on this blog is how quickly people jump to blame motorcyclists after a serious crash. They just assume all riders are reckless daredevils risking their own lives. I know from experience, however, that they're just as often the victims of people in much larger vehicles not keeping an eye out for motorcyclists around them. Plenty of riders are sent off-course trying to avoid drivers who never even realize they caused a crash, or due to wet roads, or because their bikes had some kind of mechanical failure that made them lose control.

Richard Simpson Killed in Motorcycle Accident off Central Expy in Dallas, TX

Any or none of those may have happened here, but my point is that it's unfair to just blame the rider out of the gate without a more thorough investigation. The bias against motorcyclists may lead people to miss important details in their rush to point fingers, and the victim's loved ones at least deserve to know they're getting the full story.

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