• August 10, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on TX-99 in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County, TX — June 18, 2022, a 38-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident on State Highway 99 in Fort Bend County.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on TX-99 near Harlem Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle northwest on the highway when he failed to maintain a single lane in a curve. The bike entered the shoulder and hit a concrete jersey barrier, ejecting the rider. It then continued onward some distance, unoccupied, until it hit the barrier on the other side of the road and fell over.

The rider suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Investigators determined he was traveling at approximately 117mph when he crashed and suspected he was intoxicated by alcohol. Toxicology tests were ordered with results pending.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident in Fort Bend County

Some may not see why police would find out if the crash victim was intoxicated considering he's beyond any legal consequences, but it's an important detail to learn. If alcohol use is confirmed to be a factor then the rider may not be the only one responsible for the wreck under dram shop law.

Dram shop law basically prohibits any alcohol-selling vendor (bars, clubs, restaurants, stores, etc) from providing further drinks to an obviously intoxicated customer. If they do and that person causes or suffers injuries while under the influence, the business may be obligated to help them and their families recover from their injury or loss.

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on TX-99 in Fort Bend County

Not every DWI crash involves a dram shop violation, but it's important to properly investigate that possibility in case responsibility extends beyond the victim. Too many bars and other alcohol vendors get away with over-service because people don't always know they can be held accountable for it.

To be clear, though, alcohol is only a theory unless those toxicology tests say otherwise. Regardless, it's vital to investigate the matter thoroughly to be sure the whole truth is found. No matter what caused this tragic accident, the victim's loved ones have a right to every answer they can get.

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