• May 31, 2017

Jabre Alexander Killed in Gregg County, TX, Motorcycle Accident

Gregg County, TX -- May 29, 2017, Jabre Alexander was killed as the result of an accident in which his motorcycle and a car collided.

Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident scene at approximately 7:28 p.m. They say the crash occurred at the intersection of FM 1844 and Hamby Road.

Initial details released by police indicate that 30-year-old Alexander was traveling along Hamby Road. As he did so, a Ford Flex driven by 30-year-old Casey Morgan turned left from FM 1844 onto Hamby. After this, the motorcycle crashed into the back of the Ford, ejecting Alexander onto the roadway.

Alexander was fatally injured in the crash, and authorities pronounced him deceased at the scene. No other injuries occurred.

Police did not report any citations or charges resulting from the accident. They say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Commentary

The details reported from this accident are incredibly vague at the moment. One of the first things I noticed was that reports say the Ford Flex turned off of northbound FM 1844 onto Hamby Road. As far as I can tell, FM 1844 runs east to west, not north to south. Did they mean to say the car was traveling northbound on Hamby--in which case it would be traveling away from FM 1844--or did it mean to say it was traveling eastbound--which is the only way it could have turned left on Hamby since it's a T-intersection?

On top of that, the news reports say the Ford was hit by the motorcycle, "as it continued down the road." Does this mean several seconds passed between the turn and the collision? Several minutes? How far from the intersection did the car make it before the collision? In most of the motorcycle accidents that look like this one, the car is the one that turns into the path of the motorcycle without seeing it, leaving the motorcyclist unable to stop in time. Reports here seem to imply that the car had already turned, drove a significant distance, and then was rear-ended by the motorcycle.

Either of these could easily be true, but with the shoddy details that have been reported, there's no way to draw any sort of meaningful conclusions. This is a good example of how these preliminary accident reports often end up as nothing more than a game of telephone. Police investigators look at the accident and put out a summary. These summaries are often incomplete, have inaccuracies or otherwise don't give enough information to truly determine what caused the accident. That report then gets sent to media outlets, who repackage it and put it out as quickly as they can. This means they have plenty of opportunities to make their own mistakes on top of what police may have already gotten wrong.

Now I don't say all this as an insult to either of these entities, especially police officers. The fact of the matter is that neither of these entities have the obligation nor the resources to do a proper accident investigation to the level that is warranted when someone is hurt or killed. There are countless factors that can contribute to any given accident--road conditions, intoxication, mechanical failures, inattentive driving, etc. The only way to ensure all of these details are thoroughly examined is to have an experienced professional independent of the police investigate the scene.

A private professional will know any and all factors which could contribute to the accident, so no detail is considered too unlikely or insignificant to consider. Conducting an extensive investigation such as this helps ensure that victims and their families are getting the whys and hows of the accident, not just the whats and wheres. With that information in hand, those affected can begin working toward a resolution. Now maybe those details reveal new information or correct details that were mistaken, or perhaps they simply confirm what initial reports already said. The point here is that such serious accidents deserve the utmost care and attention for the sake of those involved. Even if the only result is knowing the truth of what occurred, that bit of closure can still be a welcome relief.

--Grossman Law Offices

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