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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-13-at-2.06.13-PM-300x146.png https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-13-at-2.05.52-PM.pngWith thousands of miles of beautiful natural sights surrounding Texas’s open roads, it’s no surprise that motorcycles are so popular in the state. Motorcycles, however, can often pose a number of unique risks on the road. Drivers of passenger vehicles can often have trouble seeing motorcycles because of their smaller size, or they can easily get caught in a vehicle’s blind spot. Thus, before anyone decides to purchase a motorcycle, they must understand the risks involved. In many Texas motorcycle accidents, the cause of the collision is entirely beyond the motorcyclist’s control.

According to a recent news report, a local Texas high school teacher was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. The victim was found dead at the scene after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car. Local authorities assumed that the responsible party had been driving north and crossed lanes and collided with the victim then, but further investigation showed that the responsible party was backing his car out of a ditch when he hit the motorcycle and knocked the victim off his bike. When the victim fell off his motorcycle, he was thrown into the roadway and struck by a pickup truck. Local authorities are still investigating the details surrounding the accident but have identified the responsible party after he fled the scene.

Based on recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 400 motorcycle drivers passed away in motorcycle accidents in 2018, and over 900 suffered significant injuries. Motorcycle accidents in Texas also differ from how regular passenger vehicle accidents are handled and differ in possible financial compensation and damages available to victims. Because of how complex Texas motorcycle accidents and motorcycle-related laws can be, it is of the utmost importance that potential plaintiffs hire the most experienced representation possible to navigate the legal system with ease.

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Austin, TexasUpdated 12.19.20 – A woman now identified as Merry Daye (45) was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Monday morning along the 6100 block of Cameron Road in north Austin.  Ms. Daye was stopped in the adjoining bike lane and was making adjustments to her bike when she was hit. Emergency crews were called to the scene and she was then transferred to the Del Seton Medical Center where she later died.  The vehicle that hit the woman was found a short time later, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit at (512) 974-6935

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Bicycle Safety – In 2018 alone there were 857 bicyclists killed in the U.S. (Data: United States Department of Transportation)  Many of these tragic accidents could have been avoided if motorists follow the rules of the road and keep an eye out for cyclists who share them.  Bicycle deaths occur in all seasons in milder climates, and mostly at night and in Urban areas (75%). When driving during these high incident times and areas be extra aware of others on the road.  Cyclists also need to remember to bike responsively, go with the flow of traffic, obey all street signs and road markings, assume the other persons in the vehicles do not see you, look ahead for hazards such as toys, rocks, potholes, grates, or train tracks that may be in your way, and as anytime on the road no matter what your mode of transportation, no texting as it is distracting and it takes your attention off of the road.

For more information about the specific statistics for your city in Texas, visit the Texas Department of Transportation.    

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