• January 20, 2023

Rider Injured in Motorcycle Accident on I-20 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX — August 8, 2022, a 35-year-old man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 20 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:55 p.m. on I-20 near State Highway 155. Preliminary investigation suggests a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling east on the highway when the rider attempted to exit. Investigators say he was unable to negotiate the curve of the exit and ran off the road to the south. The motorcycle overturned and rolled several times.

The rider was ejected during the rollover and suffered serious injuries.

No further information is currently available.

I'm not able to say more definitively than anyone else what happened here, but years of experience helping with motorcycle accidents does give me cause for some concern. I've seen far too many situations where folks quickly wrote a motorcycle wreck off as the rider's fault without all the facts. When that happens and those riders are prematurely blamed for being reckless or driving under the influence, it's possible that important details might slip through the cracks.

Am I saying motorcyclists never make mistakes? Not at all, and if authorities are correct about alcohol in Smith County that may have further implications. I'm only saying that it's unfair to make any assumptions before a more thorough investigation is conducted. Maybe things happened as police said, but maybe there's more to the story. My concern is making sure the facts and nothing else tell the story.

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