As the weather begins to heat up in Texas, more people will be riding motorcycles. Unfortunately, in 2013, 460 motorcycle drivers were killed and 35 passengers died in Texas accidents.
Remember, you should take precautions to stay safe on your motorcycle. In order to avoid an accident, as a driver around bikers, it may be wise to:
- Always allow a motorcyclist a full lane width
- Not tailgate a motorcyclist
- Always check your blind spots prior to changing lanes, as motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles and difficult to see
- Avoid distracted driving
If you are found at fault for causing a motorcycle accident due to negligence or recklessness, you could potentially be held liable for the harm you caused.
Motorcyclist Killed in South Austin Wreck
We bring up motorcycle accidents because sadly last month a man died in a crash on West Slaughter Lane near Palace Parkway, in South Austin.
According to KXAN-TV, a 26-year-old man was riding his motorcycle at around 3:20 p.m. on March 22, when a Toyota Camry heading westbound on Slaughter Lane attempted to make a left turn into an apartment complex, striking him. The accident remains under investigation. At the time of the crash, it was Austin’s 20th deadly traffic accident of 2015.
Family Member Died in a Motorcycle Crash – What Can I Do?
Sometimes, there is very little a motorcyclist can do to avoid a fatal accident. When a motorcyclist is killed, the family of the victim can get help by contacting an attorney. A skilled lawyer can work on the victim’s behalf, pursuing a lawsuit that can help a family recover financially.
Stay safe this spring. Be aware that many motorcyclists enjoy riding in Austin—you should respect them while you are commuting.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Personal Injury Attorney