• September 29, 2022

James Weatherford Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Green Pastures Road in Hays County, TX

Hays County, TX — August 20, 2022, 45-year-old James Weatherford Jr. died in a motorcycle accident on Green Pastures Road in Hays County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:00 p.m. on Green Pastures near Skyview Terrace. Preliminary investigation suggests Weatherford was riding a Yamaha motorcycle northeast on the roadway, allegedly at unsafe speeds for the bumpy and uneven conditions, when he lost control and laid the bike down. He fell off as it slid and hit his head on the pavement.

Weatherford, reportedly not wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on James Weatherford Jr. Accident in Hays County

Police said speeding was a significant factor here, but also noted that the victim might have been under the influence of alcohol. It's not clear what made them think that, but they collected samples for further testing. Until the results come back it's best not to jump to conclusions and instead investigate other potential factors as well.

For instance, it jumps out to me from reports that the roads in that area were characterized as "bumpy" and "in poor condition." A motorcyclist could still overturn on a bad road even sober as a judge if the bike hit loose debris or a pothole at sufficient speeds, but is it really his fault that no one fixed the road's condition? If the bumps and snags were serious enough to catch a passing motorcycle and knock it over, maybe whoever's responsible for that road's upkeep should answer for the damage done.

James Weatherford Jr. Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Green Pastures Road in Hays County, TX

I don't want to overcomplicate things. Further investigation could still show the wreck's primary cause was just unsafe speeds as police suspect, or alcohol could have played a role as they also mentioned. If tests confirm the second suspicion, that could also mean a local business violated dram shop law and might have some liability for the damage done. It's just important to investigate carefully and ensure all the variables are accounted for. Meanwhile the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless objective evidence says otherwise, and his loved ones deserve every real answer they can get.

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