Isaac Barrera Killed in Navasota, TX Motorcycle Accident on FM 379
Navasota, TX -- August 6, 2022, 31-year-old motorcyclist Isaac Barrera died in a collision with a semi-truck on Farm to Market Road 379 in Navasota.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:35 p.m. along FM 379 at West Grace Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Barrera's Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on the roadway when he tried to pass a Kenworth semi-truck that was stopped waiting to turn onto Grace. Reports suggest Barrera tried to pass the truck on the right but crashed into its back-right quarter. After the impact it ran off the road and came to rest.
Barrera was ejected during the crash and died at the scene. Neither of the semi-truck's occupants were hurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Isaac Barrera Accident in Navasota
Most folks will probably assume that someone hitting the back of a stopped truck did something wrong to get there. I'm not saying that's impossible, but it's also important not to take anything for granted until investigators can offer a more complete picture of events. Blaming someone out of the gate based on a few preliminary details--an especially common and problematic thing after motorcycle accidents--is unfair as other factors must be accounted for as well.
With that in mind here's a few questions that still need answers as soon as possible: How fast was the motorcycle traveling? Was the truck at a full stop as the bike approached or did it brake suddenly near the turn? Did the truck driver signal the turn? If so, how far away from it did he turn the signal on? Were the semi-trailer's lights working properly--both the signal and the brake lights? Pictures of the intersection show a streetlight right above the intersection; was it functional and on at the time? What were weather and road conditions like at the time? Were any other vehicles involved, including non-contact ones? Is it possible the victim's riding ability was impaired by alcohol?
Asking these questions isn't about complicating things or making accusations. I just want to clarify what happened by eliminating some possibilities and ensuring everything is properly considered. Important details sometimes get overlooked when folks are eager to point fingers, which happens often in both rear-end collisions and motorcycle accidents--to say nothing of both at once.
It's always best to be thorough and ensure the whole story is known. Will police put in the effort to find it, or would independent investigation stand a better chance of bringing the victim's loved ones some real answers?