Johnie Ray Franklin Killed in Georgetown, TX, Motorcycle Accident
Georgetown, TX -- May 4, 2017, Johnie Ray Franklin was killed in Georgetown, TX, following an accident in which his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Highway 130.
Investigators from the Georgetown Police Department were called out to the accident scene at around 9:30 p.m. near the interchange of State Highway 130 and I-35.
According to police reports, 50-year-old Franklin was driving along Highway 130 on a motorcycle. For reasons which are not clear, his vehicle crossed paths with two cars also on the highway. The three vehicles collided with each other, ejecting Franklin onto the roadway.
Franklin sustained critical injuries and was transported to Seton Hospital. He later died there. No other injuries were reported.
It's unclear what factors contributed to the accident. Police investigations continue.
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There are some reports claiming that Mr. Franklin failed to slow down in traffic, causing the accident. I can't say one way or the other if this is true or not, since news reports--even police reports--are known for making mistakes or reporting inaccuracies. To be completely sure of what occurred, this accident will have to be looked at by a professional independent of the police.
That being said, I know that there are people who will read the reports on this accident and automatically believe what reports say simply because they have a negative bias against motorcyclists. It is a well-known fact of motorcycle accidents that a significant portion of the general public holds a misconception that all motorcyclists are dangerous drivers. They imagine them as those motorcyclists we've all seen speeding down emergency lanes and weaving in and out of traffic. The reality is that these are the bad apples spoiling the bunch.
Despite the fact that many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, the preconceived bias still persists in many people's minds. This can become an issue for anyone seeking compensation after an accident because insurance companies try to use this negative bias to their advantage. It's a very complex issue which our firm has encountered many times before, and we get a lot of people asking about it. The article below is a valuable resource for explaining the topic more in-depth. Anyone looking to know more will find it very useful.
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