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Fatal motorcycle accident in South Texas under investigation

For many people, driving or riding on a motorcycle through the rolling hills of Texas is a huge thrill or simply a chance to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, it also comes with many risks. Other drivers sharing the road are often not aware of motorcyclists near them. If you have suffered motorcycle injuries, there are applicable laws that may be able to help improve your situation.

Tragically, there are accidents involving fatalities, and in those cases, nothing can help the motorcycle operator. However, the same laws may be able to assist with relief of financial strain, giving the surviving loved ones a chance to properly grieve.

In South Texas, an Escalade recently smashed into three people on motorcycles after inexplicably veering into oncoming traffic. A 60-year-old man and another motorcyclist died as a result of the collision. A passenger on the 60-year-old’s bike was injured. The incident is still under investigation.

Motorcyclists encounter many more dangers than a typical automobile driver. With the exceptions of helmets and some protective gear, they're more exposed, with fewer barriers to protect them on the road. Potholes, puddles and typical debris that any other vehicle wouldn't struggle with is a bigger obstacle for motorcycles and can be an extreme hazard. Sharing the road with true awareness is a must for operators of motorcycles.

Unfortunately, even when motorcyclists exercise extreme vigilance and follow traffic laws, they cannot control the actions of others. Too often, drivers who cause serious accidents claim that they did not see a motorcyclist or that it “came out of nowhere.” The truth, however, is that motorcyclists have a right to be on the road just as those who drive other vehicles do. Hopefully drivers will learn to pay close attention to their surroundings – especially after tragic accidents like this.

Source: Action 4 News, “Second motorcyclist dies after three vehicle crash,” Jan. 21, 2014

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