Jeffrey Wadley Injured in Motorcycle Accident in Collingsworth County, TX
Collingsworth County, TX -- May 30, 2022, Jeffrey Wadley was injured due to an accident where Wadley's motorcycle crashed off-road.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 9:25 p.m. along US Highway 83 near mile marker 134.
Officials said that 29-year-old Jeffrey Wadley was on a Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling northbound along US 83. The motorcycle lost control, causing it to fall over and go off-road.
Wadley was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Jeffrey Wadley Motorcycle Accident in Collingsworth County
There may be two singificant challenges surrounding this crash given what I've encountered looking into similar crashes throughout my career. For one, a late night crash is going to bring speculation of alcohol. That's certainly common and worth looking into. That's especially true considering the possibility of dram shop law, which says bars can be liable if they illegally over-serve someone and cause an accident. Secondly, people are quick to assume motorcyclists are all reckless drivers, so they must have done something wrong to cause the crash.
Put simply, as possible as both of those scenarios are, it's outright irresponsible to jump to conclusions. I can't count how many times folks immediately blamed a motorcyclist only for more thorough investigations to show that something like a tire defect, road hazards, or some other reckless driver that left the scene caused the crash. Additionally, as common as alcohol is, it's still just one possibility. Considering other possibilities is crucial for ensuring nothing important slips through the cracks.
The question, then, is whether or not steps are being taken to give this accident the attention it deserves. Otherwise, there could be important information slipping through the cracks. Perhaps independent investigations would show there's a lot more to this story.