• September 13, 2022

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with SUV at US-181 and Standish in Floresville, TX

Floresville, TX — September 12, 2022, a motorcyclist died in a collision with an SUV at U.S. Highway 181 and Standish Street in Floresville.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday evening along US-181 at Standish. Preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist, traveling on Standish, may have tried to beat a changing light at the intersection. The bike entered the crossing and crashed into a Ford Escape that was turning from the highway onto Standish.

The motorcyclist was fatally injured in the wreck. No other injuries were reported.

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

Commentary on Floresville Motorcycle Crash at US-181

Few accidents give me more cause for concern than ones with motorcycles. They involve some unique challenges, not least of which is a common and pervasive bias against their riders.

Generally speaking, a lot of people are quick to blame motorcycle riders without sufficient evidence to do so. They just assume the motorcyclist was being reckless, and that can affect how they view the facts. Unfortunately the bias is not limited just to civilians; it can also lead to inaccurate police investigations. I've run across many instances where a rider was accused of unsafe activity by police only for later, closer scrutiny to reveal they were operating within the law and were just singled out because of their vehicle.

I don't have a specific reason to doubt what police say happened in Floresville; drivers of every kind of vehicle sometimes do risky things. I'm only asking for what anyone should after an incident like this: Proof. Check the motorcycle's and the car's speedometers, get traffic camera footage, collect witness statements, check for impairment...do anything and everything possible to secure all the available information. Draw conclusions from concrete data instead of just saying right away that a motorcyclist did something wrong. Once evidence is found and the crash is better understood, then anything else that should be done to help the victim's family can be addressed.

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