Leading a Ride - Liability
This might have occured in Texas. I am wording it the way I am because I think the reply will pertain to riders and drivers alike. If there is a difference between bikes - cars, please advise.
Situation: A group of riders / drivers meet online and discuss taking a nice ride/drive out in the country, they plan on ending the ride/drive for lunch. There are 20 vehicles in the group. Median age is late 30's, early 40's. The pace is average, the group is spread out, keeping 3-5 vehicles spaces between each other. ( When I say average pace, the lead group were not having to apply brakes into turns ) There may have been some sling shot driving going on, but not confirmed.
During the ride/drive one person goes off roading. There are no injuries or damage other than to the persons vehicle. The vehicle is still ridable/driveable. After confirming again, no injuries, teh group continues the trip. The person leading the way stays behind to contact tow service and together they move towards a middle point where tow will pick up.
En route, State Troopers pass headed towards accident scene, ,lights on, fast rate of speed. After passing, they make a quick u-turn and pull the two vehicles over to the side of the roadway. The person leading the original drive explains quickly that there are no injuries and they they were headed to meet tow service. Trooper tells leader that he can go and moves to damaged vehicle.
No one saw the incident occur and the rider / driver just thought he was going too fast for the turn.
1.What liabilty does the person leading the group have?
2.Did the Trooper have a valid reason to pull the 2 persons over after the fact?
3. Any laws broken that Trooper can ticket for?
Thank you in advance for your opinions and thoughts.
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