• July 12, 2022

Travis Griffin Killed in Motorcycle Accident on TX-158 in Midland County

Midland County, TX — July 9, 2022, 41-year-old Travis Griffin died in a motorcycle accident on State Highway 158 in Midland County.

According to reports the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of TX-158 and south County Road 1110. Preliminary investigation suggests Griffin was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on SCR 1110 when he stopped at the highway intersection. Reports say he then pulled forward and failed to yield to an approaching Ford F-250 that hit him in the crossroads.

Griffin, allegedly not wearing a helmet at the time, suffered fatal injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Travis Griffin Accident in Midland County

Reports suggest this accident, while tragic, may be largely due to the victim's failure to yield at that intersection. Maybe that's really all there is to it, but rather than shrug and take that at face value it would likely be best to look more carefully in search of any other factors that could have been involved.

Some may roll their eyes at that, but the fact is that unusual elements contribute to accidents all the time but go largely unnoticed as the public and investigators alike point fingers at something more common, like failure to yield. What if something else happened?

Travis Griffin Killed in Motorcycle Accident on TX-158 in Midland County

Here's an example of what I mean: Not long ago in West Texas, a man was involved in a fatal T-bone crash with an 18-wheeler at an intersection. Investigators did a brief once-over and concluded the victim ran a stop sign, meaning he was to blame for the damage done. That was the accepted story for weeks until independent accident reconstruction experts took another look. They learned the intersection's stop signs were removed by TxDOT road crews for construction, meaning the victim didn't know he had to stop there before the collision. With that information in hand it became clear the wrong person had taken the blame in preliminary reports.

That's a pretty unusual set of circumstances, but the point is that police fixated too much on a simple explanation and ignored compelling evidence that didn't fit it. Things like that happen all the time in crashes, but unless the right set of eyes looks again the wrong explanation much too often gets taken for the real one. If there's any confusion or doubt about what happened in Midland County, the victim's loved ones may want to have an independent expert look again.

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