• January 06, 2023

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Beaumont Hwy in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX — October 14, 2022, a 42-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on Beaumont Highway in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:00 p.m. on Beaumont Highway (Business 90) near John Ralston Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck was towing a trailer west on the highway when the driver slowed and repositioned the truck facing north as he tried to reverse into a nearby lot. Traffic was reportedly at a standstill when the westbound victim tried to maneuver his Yamaha motorcycle around the big rig and hit it in the roadway.

The rider was ejected in the collision and suffered serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Police seem to lay much of the blame for what happened here on the motorcyclist failing to control speed, but am I the only one who noticed that there was a big rig entirely blocking traffic here? Sometimes that may be unavoidable, but more often than not an ambitious trucker simply decides everyone else can wait while they slowly back in somewhere. Whichever the case may be, they're also supposed to have flaggers with them as extra protection against exactly the kind of thing that happened in Harris County. Were any flaggers or warning measures present there?

I'm not claiming motorcyclists can't make mistakes, but when I see an elephant so clearly in the room I wonder what police investigators are thinking as they ignore it. Placing a 40-ton roadblock across traffic's path should at least be grounds for further investigation, but if officers made up their minds and moved on then who'll make sure that happens?

Motorcyclist Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Beaumont Hwy in Harris County, TX
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