• May 22, 2017

Larry Don Argo Killed in Amarillo, TX, Motorcycle Accident

Amarillo, TX -- May 21, 2017, Larry Don Argo was fatally injured following an accident where his motorcycle crashed on the highway.

Amarillo Police officials reported that the fatal crash took place at around 6:30 p.m. at the I-40 and I-27 interchange.

Police investigators reported that 38-year-old Argo was driving a 2015 Harley-Davidson along the westbound lanes of I-40. He entered the southbound I-27 transfer ramp, and in the process, the motorcycle somehow lost control. As a result, it collided into the concrete barrier, ejecting Argo over the side of the overpass.

By the time emergency services arrived on the scene, Argo had succumbed to fatal injuries. No one else was involved in the accident.

The factors surrounding the accident are still under investigation at this time.

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Commentary

I'm seeing reports indicating that Mr. Argo may have been speeding leading up to the accident, but I'd like everyone to keep in mind two things: preliminary accident reports are often inaccurate or incomplete, and there exists--consciously or not--a negative bias against motorcyclists. I don't say these things to discount the work that police investigators do, but over the years our firm has handled many cases where these early reports were either mistaken on crucial details or missing important information that affects the landscape of the accident.

Not only that, but sometimes police investigators or reporters will hear about a motorcycle accident and immediately assume the rider was at fault simply because they're a motorcyclist. I know from experience that most motorcyclists are safety conscious drivers who drive responsibly. Despite this, many people still think of them as reckless drivers speeding down emergency lanes and weaving in and out of traffic. This can influence these early reports where the facts surrounding the crash are still unclear.

Now I don't want to imply that I know anything particular about this accident which hasn't been reported. Is it possible Mr. Argo was indeed speeding? Yes. Is it also possible something like a mechanical failure or a road hazard caused the accident? Of course. My point here is that we simply don't know, and a preliminary news report is hardly a reliable source of information. Ultimately, there needs to be a private investigation conducted by a professional independent of police. Having an experienced investigator look at the accident is one way to help ensure that all of the facts are brought to light and the full story is told. Until that is done, people should reserve their judgements and avoid jumping to conclusions.

--Grossman Law Offices

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