• November 07, 2022

Dwight Ball Killed in Motorcycle Crash at Lone Star Rally in Galveston, TX

UPDATE (November 8, 2022): The rider killed in this accident has been identified as 39-year-old Dwight Ball.

Galveston, TX — November 6, 2022, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a Jeep on Broadway Avenue J during Galveston's Lone Star Rally.

Authorities say the incident happened Sunday on Broadway Avenue J at 37th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim, a motorcycle rider attending the large weekend-long event in town, was allegedly speeding when he ran a red light at the intersection and crashed with a Jeep.

The biker was pronounced dead at the scene. The Jeep's operator was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dwight Ball Accident in Galveston

I'm no authority on motorcycle gatherings, but images of the Lone Star Rally show large parades of all kinds of bikes--and around every corner, bars and beer tents galore. Does that mean every traffic accident during the event was alcohol-related? Of course not. I just see some red flags that mean the possibility should be carefully considered, like the alleged speeding and light-running coupled with the town playing host to a large party at the time.

If it turns out that drinking was a factor here (meaning it's proven by clear evidence, not just suspected), there may be more to this terrible incident than folks realize. For instance, it's then important to talk about Texas dram shop law.

Dwight Ball Killed in Motorcycle Crash at Lone Star Rally in Galveston, TX

Dram shop law basically says that a licensed alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person may be liable for injuries they cause or suffer while under the influence. That means bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and the like can be held legally accountable when they keep selling drinks to customers who then get in accidents like this one.

Dram shop law helps crash victims and their families get back on their feet, but it's also a way to punish negligent alcohol providers and keep them from putting communities in further danger. Despite that, police rarely do much about dram violations. Why? Because their priorities generally lie elsewhere and they rarely have the time or resources to hunt down negligent businesses. It's often better to have independent investigators look into that rather than waiting for police to take action. If a business had a hand in what happened to that motorcyclist it's only right that it make amends.

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