Motorcyclist Injured in Traffic Collision on I-35N in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — August 23, 2022, a motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash with another vehicle on Interstate 35 in Central Austin.
Reports say the incident happened around 11:20 p.m. on the 31-61 block of northbound I-35N, close to Cesar Chavez. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a motorcycle and another vehicle collided in the area, causing critical injuries to the motorcyclist. The rider was then transported to a local hospital for emergency care.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Motorcycle Accident on I-35 in Austin
While it's not clear yet what happened here, experience has taught me that folks are often ready to blame the victim if he happens to be a motorcyclist. Frankly far too many people are quick to blame riders no matter what the particulars of their accident might look like. Early news reports had nothing to say about fault, and it's unclear if police have their own ideas, but the very fact that someone's vehicle had two wheels is enough to make some minds up without waiting for more facts. Obviously that's both unfair to the rider and problematic if they decide to seek help with their injuries. In many cases further investigation showed they were really just victims of circumstances beyond their control.
Despite what some may think, I'm not saying the other driver is necessarily to blame (or claiming that motorcyclists can't make mistakes). However, it's important to consider all the possibilities: Maybe the road was in poor condition. Maybe a third vehicle caused the rider to lose control and then just left the scene. It's even possible that a bar played a part by over-serving one person or the other, at which point that business could be liable for the damage done under dram shop law. Maybe one of the vehicles had a mechanical failure or defect, sending it off-course. All of those possibilities and others deserve due consideration before any fingers get pointed.
Motorcyclists deserve the same benefit of the doubt as anyone else after they crash. Let's hope the investigating authorities agree, but if not maybe someone else should take over.