Kirbyville, TX — July 2, 2018, Bradley Arnold sustained serious injuries following an accident where his motorcycle and another vehicle collided.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials reported that the accident happened at around noon outside the Gateway Tabernacle church located at 22690 US 96.

Police reported that 24-year-old Arnold was traveling southbound along US 96 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Approaching the church, a Chevy Tahoe reportedly pulled out of the parking lot, entering the motorcycle’s path. As a result, the motorcycle crashed into the side of the vehicle.

Arnold sustained serious injuries in the crash, and EMS had to bring in a helicopter to transport him to an emergency room in Beaumont. The other driver wasn’t hurt.

Currently, police report no charges or citations resulting from the crash. No further information has been released.

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Commentary

What some people may infer from these reports is that since the Chevy reportedly pulled into the path of the motorcyclist, that driver’s insurance will automatically take responsibility for the crash. Whenever a crash involves a motorcycle, things are never that simple.

The fact of the matter is many people harbor a negative bias against motorcyclists. They assume all motorcyclists are reckless drivers who cause accidents despite the fact that many of them are actually very safe drivers who fall victim to larger vehicles.

Where this becomes a significant challenge is that insurance companies know this bias exists, and they seek to use it to their advantage whenever possible. In an accident like this, the insurance company could claim the victim was speeding. If the victim were in a car, a jury might not believe the claim without clear evidence. When the victim is a motorcyclist, however, they may buy it, evidence or not.

That’s why even if the facts seem clear, victims and families must take steps to prepare themselves. These negative misconceptions can harm a victim’s case, but only if they allow it to. With the right evidence and a professionally built case, those hurt in a crash like this have an opportunity to overcome baseless misconceptions with clear facts.

–Grossman Law Offices

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