Alex Reyna Injured in Motorcycle, Truck Accident in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- December 12, 2022, Alex Reyna was injured due to an accident where a motorcycle and a semi-truck collided.
Preliminary information released by the authorities says that the crash happened at the intersection of Quitman Street and Jensen Drive at around 2:30 p.m. According to statements, 27-year-old Alex Reyna was on a motorcycle traveling southbound on Quitman. Police Reyna told them he had a green light when an oncoming tractor-trailer turned into his path, resulting in a collision. The truck driver apparently told authorities they were going about 20 MPH at the time and that the motorcycle was "coming fast."
Reyna's injuries were described as incapacitating. Police did not say who they believe was at fault, saying they were "unable to determine" this. Is there more information than what's available here? I certainly can't shed light on what happened here, but I can't help wondering why authorities couldn't find out who was at fault when only one of the drivers involved claimed to have a green light.
One concern I have of what could be happening here has to do with the victim being on a motorcycle. I have seen police investigators handle cases where a vehicle pulls onto a roadway directly into the path of a motorcycle, and they simply blame the motorcycle because they assume the rider was going to fast. Unless they're going at egregious speeds, a motorcyclist isn't likely to be going so fast that an attentive driver would somehow fail to properly judge the amount of time they had to safely turn.
I always talk about the importance of having clear evidence, but it's rarely more vital than with crashes involving victims that people are unfairly biased against, such as motorcyclists. Being able to tell their side of the story means having facts to back it up, and I just don't think authorities would have such a hard time making up their minds if they actually had all the facts here.