• July 05, 2022

Jerry Cox Killed in ATV Accident on CR 95 near Plainview, TX

Plainview, TX — June 30, 2022, ATV driver Jerry Cox died in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Country Road 95 near Plainview.

According to reports the incident happened Thursday afternoon along CR 95 near County Road BB. Preliminary investigation suggests Cox was riding a Honda Foreman ATV east on the dirt roadway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The Honda entered a side-skid and overturned.

Cox, 69, was ejected in the crash and suffered fatal injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jerry Cox Accident on CR 95 in Plainview

UPDATE (July 25, 2022): Later investigative reports about this accident included that witnesses apparently saw the victim drinking alcohol prior to the crash. While that's an important detail, of course, I feel compelled to add that no mention was made of how much alcohol the victim consumed or where it came from. The first detail would obviously be important to figure out to determine whether impairment was a contributing factor, but the second would matter to find out whether a local business should be held accountable for the damage done under Texas dram shop law.

Again, just hearing that alcohol was spotted before the accident doesn't mean drinking is to blame for it. However, that seems like a detail to investigate more carefully now that it's been brought up. Will law enforcement do that?

Jerry Cox Killed in ATV Accident on CR 95 near Plainview, TX

ORIGINAL: With a crash like this I'm often concerned that people will jump to unfounded conclusions, most notably because the vehicle involved was an ATV. Some folks see a crash with an atypical vehicle like that, one often used for recreational off-roading, and assume its operator acted recklessly or did something wrong. For example, recreational vehicle use is often unfairly associated with drunk driving, leading people to decide for themselves that the operator lost control while impaired.

While that's a possibility that deserves consideration, it should never be taken for granted after any crash. Many things well outside the operator's control could have triggered the wreck--wet or gravelly roads causing loss of traction, a sudden failure in the ATV due to mechanical issues or defects, or even other drivers running it off the road and then fleeing the scene.

I don't know more about what happened than early reports say. Maybe the crash happened due to reckless driving or alcohol, or maybe it was entirely out of the victim's hands. At the end of the day, the facts should have the final word. That's why getting the victim's loved ones as many facts as possible should always be a top priority.

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