Brandon Jesus Perez Injured in Truck, Motorcycle Accident on Applewhite Road in San Antonio, TX
UPDATE (February 10, 2023): Details from authorities identified the man injured in the accident as 24-year-old Brandon Jesus Perez. Additional details surrounding the crash remain unconfirmed.
San Antonio, TX -- January 11, 2023, a motorcyclist was injured due to an accident where a motorcycle and a semi-truck crashed on Applewhite.
Initial details about the crash indicate that it happened along Applewhite Road off Walsh Road. At around 6:17 a.m., a 24-year-old man was on a motorcycle going northbound on Applewhite. Police say that video evidence showed the motorcycle moved to pass a vehicle that was in the right lane. While doing so, a semi-truck pulled across northbound lanes, and the vehicles collided.
The motorcyclist had incapacitating injuries after being thrown from the motorcycle. No one else was hurt.
While I can't confirm anything else about this crash without seeing further evidence for myself, I just can't shake the feeling there's more to this. Frankly, did authorities really do their due diligence here? Police appear to list the biker's alleged unsafe lane change and failure to control speed as factors in the crash. They say this after describing the events as they saw them on a security video. But that means they saw a semi-truck coming out of a parking lot where there doesn't appear to be a traffic light, and cross traffic which should have the right of way crashed into it.
In just about every situation with details like that, the truck driver is at fault for failing to keep a proper lookout. Now, there could be circumstances public information doesn't mention, such as the motorcycle's speed, whether or not their light was on, other extenuating circumstances affecting visibility, etc. But in my experience, a thorough accident reconstruction into something like this generally shows the motorcyclist didn't do anything wrong. It makes me wonder whether or not the investigations from authorities here were equally thorough.