CollisionAustin, TX- A motorcyclist was killed on Downtown Austin just two days before a police launch their annual motorcycle awareness campaign, “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcyclists.”
Police say that a motorcyclist was traveling on the MoPac spanning Fifth Ave. around 9 a.m. Wednesday when he lost control and was ejected from his bike. My Fox Austin reports that the man, who has not been identified, struck a curb and was thrown to the roadway below. He survived the initial crash, but later died at the hospital.
According to KXAN, 455 people were killed in motorcycle crashes on Texas roads last year. For this accident, it appears as though the motorcyclist was responsible, but the majority of motorcycle crashes are the fault of passenger vehicle motorists. Austin’s Motorcycle Awareness campaign is aimed at making sure these motorist pay attention to motorcyclists and prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths. Citizens are also invited to hear the story of a motorcyclist who lost his leg when he was struck by a truck, KXAN reported.
One of the more common causes of these crashes is “motorcycle blindness.” Motorists are used to looking for cars, truck and larger vehicles, but they often fail to notice motorcyclists. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation says that motorcyclists can be lost in a vehicle’s blind spot or looked over when a motorist is negotiating a turn. Drivers should always take extra precaution when changing lanes and be conscientious of a motorcycle when one is around.
Drivers need to give motorcyclists space. A rear-end collision most likely will lead to some property damage and stress if person is in a car, but if a person is on a motorcycle, they can be ejected and suffer serious harm. Motorcyclists just don’t have the same protections as people in automobiles.
A motorcycle accident can result in very severe injuries such as head trauma, spinal injuries and broken bones. When involved in a collision with a car, a motorcyclist is 35 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury. All told, some estimates peg the cost of motorcycles accidents in the U.S. at $16 billion annually. That estimate includes medical services, property damage, missed time at work due to recovery periods, and the cost of personal injury attorneys and court fees for collecting damages.
Motorcyclists who suffer injuries because of the careless actions of another can pursue compensation for their injuries and other accident-related costs. USAttorneys encourages victims to speak with an Austin accident attorney before they decide how to handle their case.
Our team of personal injury attorneys understand that the days and weeks after an accident can be confusing and troubling. You need someone on your side to be honest and discuss the options you have for getting the justice you deserve. A Texas accident attorney knows what your injuries are worth and will fight so see that your best interests are their number one priority while you pursue your injury claim.

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