James Nichols Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Sam Houston Pkwy in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — June 26, 2022, 48-year-old James Nichols was injured in a motorcycle accident on Sam Houston Parkway in Harris County.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:40 p.m. on the 7100 block of Sam Houston near Crosby Freeway. Preliminary investigation suggests Nichols was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north in lane 3, directly behind a Freightliner tractor-trailer. One lane to the left, a Ford F-150 was traveling parallel to the Freightliner's trailer.
Reports say Nichols changed lanes when unsafe and collided with the corner of the semi-trailer ahead. After the impact the bike ricocheted into the side of the nearby pickup truck.
Nichols suffered serious injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on James Nichols Accident in Harris County
Reports paint a picture of a lane change gone wrong. I have no specific reason to doubt what police say happened, but part of me wonders if that's really the whole story. I've done this more than long enough to see plenty of police reports that were incomplete or mistaken, yet were regarded as the gospel truth of an accident.
Many people call the firm because of that exact thing--reports saying they're at fault when they know better. That's particularly true of motorcyclists as the public (and even some investigators) have a tendency to lump them all in together whether they obey the rules or speed and pop wheelies everywhere they go. Obviously such biases can make real problems if riders seek help after their accidents, only to find out the "official" story unfairly blames them.
For example, I handled a situation not long ago where police said a motorcyclist was speeding and weaving through traffic when he crashed into a semi-truck. His family didn't believe he was that reckless and asked us to look again. We found clear evidence showing the police didn't get their story straight.
As we investigated further we spoke to the primary witness police mentioned in their reports. He was stunned to see how grossly he was misquoted. All he told them was that the motorcyclist passed him on the left (he was traveling slowly due to oversized cargo), then went back to the right--a perfectly legal passing maneuver. It was actually the semi-truck failing to yield while coming out of a parking lot ahead that caused the collision, and forensic evidence from the scene corroborated that.
Clearly the Harris County crash isn't identical to that other situation, but my point is that getting the truth often requires more thorough investigations than police have the time or patience to conduct. A victim or family looking for answers deserves to know the real story, which is why I emphasize the importance of independent investigations after serious truck wrecks. A closer look by seasoned experts might reveal the same thing police already said, but it's always better to know for sure.