• May 22, 2017

Motorcyclist Killed, One Hurt in Accident on Katy Freeway in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- A motorcyclist was killed, and one person was left injured in Houston, TX Friday, May 19, 2017 after a wrong-way collision involving a Volkswagen Passat.

The incident took place on Katy Freeway around 3 a.m.

According to police officials, the victim was riding a Harley Davidson the wrong way in the inbound lanes of Katy Freeway. At some point, the bike and a Volkswagen Passat collided, killing the driver of the Harley at the scene of the incident.

The driver of the VW was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

The exact cause of the incident remains under investigation.

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Due to the few details provided by the report, any ideas as to what occurred remain speculative. Until the outcome of more subjective investigation, it's impossible to say with any certainty what caused this crash.

Again, without claiming to be an insider regarding this crash, is it unreasonable to say alcohol may have been a factor? After years of experience litigating drunk driving crashes, a couple details provided by the early media reports sets off some alarms.

For one, the time of day the incident happened is usually rife with drunk driving accidents. Most bars are closing up shop around 2 a.m., so it's no coincidence that a fair portion of alcohol-related crashes take place around that hour. Also, statistics regarding wrong-way crashes show alcohol is usually involved.

That being said, these details are no reason to claim alcohol was definitely a contributor this incident. Until we know the results of a more thorough investigation, all else is mere speculation.

--Grossman Law Offices


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