• September 07, 2022

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with Car at Sherwood and Sunset in San Angelo, TX

San Angelo, TX — September 1, 2022, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a sedan on Sherwood Way at Sunset Drive in San Angelo.

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday at Sherwood and Sunset. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lincoln Town Car on Sherwood attempted to make a left turn onto southbound Sunset; while turning, the car entered the path of the victim's northbound motorcycle. The bike collided with the rear-left quarter of the car.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Motorcycle Accident at Sherwood and Sunset

The details of this accident don't seem remarkable; on its surface it mostly just looks like someone failed to yield to cross-traffic at an intersection and injuries followed. However, there may be more to the story so as always it's important to investigate carefully and find the whole truth.

For instance, Sherwood and Sunset is controlled by traffic lights. News reports don't have anything to say about who had the right-of-way; did the turning driver have a steady green arrow to turn left? What about a flashing yellow one? Were their lights just all red? Were the motorcyclist's? What was visibility like at the time of the accident? Sightlines? Weather? Were both vehicles in good working order? Were both operators awake, alert, and paying attention? If not, why not?

Rider Injured in Motorcycle Crash at Sherwood and Sunset in San Angelo, TX

People may see that bombardment of questions and think I'm just overcomplicating things, but that's the point: Crashes are usually complicated and are just reduced down to their most basic details in the news. The simple narrative of "bike hits car" doesn't tell us how or why that happened, and that's vital information. Will police invest the time and care needed to really uncover the whole story?

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