Lance Miller Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Texas 64 in Smith County
Smith County, TX — September 21, 2022, 31-year-old Lance Miller died in a motorcycle accident on State Highway 64 in Smith County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on Texas 64 at County Road 210. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Ram 1500 was northbound on CR 210 when it stopped at the TX-64 intersection. The driver then pulled forward into the center turn area of the highway.
According to reports Miller topped a hill several hundred feet away from the intersection, possibly traveling at high speeds, and took faulty evasive action as he approached the pickup. The Harley veered left into the center turn lane, then crashed with the front-left quarter of the Dodge. It then laid down and skidded 200 more feet before coming to rest.
Miller suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The Dodge driver reportedly sustained minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lance Miller Accident in Smith County
Investigators noted that the man who lost his life in this crash allegedly had alcohol in his system. It's unclear if they took steps to verify that, but it's pretty standard practice to test for impairment if it's considered a potential factor.
If police pursue that detail and confirm with evidence that the rider was impaired, some may feel there's still not much else to say about that since his tragic passing puts him beyond any legal consequences. However, confirmation that intoxication was a factor could have other implications. For example, it could mean that a local business is partly responsible for the damage done under Texas dram shop law.
In a nutshell, dram shop law says alcohol vendors (bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc) can't sell or serve alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers. If they do they may be considered liable for damages those customers cause or suffer while under the influence, meaning anyone hurt by that over-service can confront those businesses in court and hold them accountable.
Right now reports only say alcohol may have been a factor, but nothing was confirmed. I'm making no accusations or assumptions; I only know from decades of experience that dram shop law could have helped many people who never knew about it at all, so I talk about it after accidents where it might be a concern. If a local business violated its legal duties and someone suffered as a result, that business should be held properly accountable and make whatever amends it can.