• May 18, 2017

Cullen Mann Killed in Orange, TX, Motorcycle Accident

Orange, TX -- May 17, 2017, Cullen Mann was killed as the result of an accident in which his motorcycle crashed off the side of the road.

Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident scene at around 6:20 a.m. near the intersection of FM 1136 and Turtle Road.

According to investigators, 24-year-old Cullen was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle along northbound FM 1136. As he did so, in events that aren't yet clear, the motorcycle somehow lost control and ran off the side of the road. The vehicle then crashed into multiple obstacles, ejecting Mann off of the vehicle.

Emergency services were not able to treat Mann in time, and he died at the scene. Police say their investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

It's always tough when these sorts of accidents happen considering there isn't a clear fact pattern to go off of. That lack of information can create further hardships for those affected by an already tragic accident. One of the issues this can create is that the void of information can often breed generalizations in people reading about the accident. In these cases, those generalizations tend to have a negative bias against motorcyclists.

A lot of people, when they think of motorcyclists, they imagine the people speeding down emergency lanes and weaving in and out of traffic. Having represented dozens of motorcycle accident victims over the years, I know from experience that the majority of motorcyclists are very safety conscious. After all, they're constantly surrounded by vehicles roughly 4 to 40 times their size, and many motorcycle crashes are caused by these larger vehicles changing lanes or turning into their path.

Despite this reality, many people still harbor an unfair prejudice against motorcyclists. Are there dangerous motorcyclists out there? Absolutely. Am I saying I know for sure that Mr. Mann wasn't at fault? Of course not. What I'm saying is that I don't have all the facts surrounding this incident, and therefore I can't draw any conclusions. People have a bad habit of filling in the blanks with their own assumptions regardless of whether or not they have the evidence to support them.

In the end, the most important thing to do after an accident where someone is hurt or killed is to have a thorough investigation conducted. The accident could have been driver error, it could have been an unforeseeable road hazard, it could have been caused by mechanical failure. Until the accident is examined by an industry professional, people should reserve their judgements and allow those affected by the accident to work through their time of hardship.

--Grossman Law Offices

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