• August 26, 2022

Michael Chadwick Killed in South Houston, TX Bicycle/Truck Accident

South Houston, TX — March 7, 2022, 46-year-old cyclist Michael Chadwick died in a crash with a semi-truck on Houston Boulevard in South Houston.

Reports say the incident happened around 5:45 a.m. on Houston Blvd (TX-3) near Wisconsin Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was headed south in the inside lane of the roadway as Chadwick was riding a bike east-to-west across the road.

The truck driver later told investigators he didn't see Chadwick crossing the road until it was too late and the truck hit the bicycle.

Chadwick suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The trucker was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Chadwick Accident in South Houston

Police investigators noted in their reports that both vehicles' operators were suspected of not paying attention just before they collided. I have no reason to doubt that, but at the same time that's a much bigger deal for the guy in a five- to ten-ton truck than it is for the one on a bicycle. The damage that truck can do when its driver zones out is exponentially greater, which we can see in the loss of the cyclist's life.

Michael Chadwick Killed in South Houston, TX Bicycle/Truck Accident

If decades of experience are any guide, the company behind that truck and driver would still fight hard to say that their employee wasn't responsible for the victim's injuries. To be sure they can't get away with pinning everything on him (a common tactic used by many companies to dodge or deflect liability), his loved ones will need more than a vague police report. Clear and indisputable evidence of exactly what happened must be gathered, and rather than hoping law enforcement will do that it's generally much better to let independent investigators have another look.

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