• September 22, 2022

Michael Kirby Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Midland, TX

Midland, TX -- September 4, 2022, Michael Kirby was killed due to an accident where Kirby's motorcycle crashed off the side of the road.

Michael Kirby Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Midland, TX

Details said that the incident happened along the 400 block of Tradewinds Boulevard near Champions Drive at around 6:12 p.m. It appears that 25-year-old Michael Kirby was on a Kawasaki motorcycle traveling along Tradewinds. While rounding a curve, the bike somehow lost control and crashed off-road. Due to the crash, Kirby sustained fatal injuries. The cause of the crash has not yet been confirmed.

Commentary on Michael Kirby Motorcycle Accident in Midland

Something I do a lot on this blog is address common misconceptions. It just so happens a crash like this can involve two of the most common ones. For one, folks see a single-vehicle wreck and they assume the driver did something wrong. Secondly, folks are quick to blame motorcyclists because they think all motorcyclists are reckless drivers. Understanding these misconceptions can help people understand what steps should be taken to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks.

Could the victim have made a mistake here? Sure, it happens all the time, tragic as it may be. But things like mechanical issues, tire blowouts, road hazards, other drivers leaving the scene, and other possibilities can't just be brushed aside without clear evidence. Whether or not authorities exercised that prudence here remains to be seen. But if it turns out getting answers here would require more thorough independent investigations, it wouldn't be the first time.

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