23-Year-Old Motorcyclist Killed In San Antonio
by J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys | November 9th, 2020 | Auto Accident
On the night of November 4th, a 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed as he tried to avoid colliding into a line of vehicles.
Details of the Incident
According to local authorities, the motorcyclist was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Loop 410 near Evers Road. As he came over a hill, he attempted to swerve away from a line of cars that had gathered ahead of him.
Two other vehicles, who were in front of the motorcyclist, also swerved in order to avoid the line of vehicles. This led to the motorcyclist laying down his motorcycle and colliding with the back end of a stopped vehicle.
The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene. No charges have been filed thus far.
San Antonio PD is currently investigating the accident.
The Dangers of Motorcycle Accidents
Due to their nature, motorcycle accidents tend to be some of the most catastrophic types of accidents there are. Because motorcycles offer essentially no protection, a severe accident can easily result in devastating damages including broken bones, “road rash,” traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and much more – including death.
As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, motorcycle drivers are 28 times more likely to face death in an accident in comparison to passenger car occupants. The United States had a total of 4,985 motorcycle-accident related fatalities in 2018, which accounted for approximately 14% of all traffic-related fatalities across the nation.
In 2019, the state of Texas had a total death toll of 410 motorcyclists, including both passengers and operators.
Common Factors Related to Motorcycle Accidents
- Speeding: Excessive speeding is known to be a leading factor in motorcyclist fatalities. The faster a rider goes, the less time they have to react to a potentially catastrophic collision.
- Lack of awareness of surroundings: While a rider might feel like they may have an open road to themselves, not paying attention to their surroundings can lead to costly mistakes. As a rider, you should be alert of any other vehicles on the road and make yourself as visible as possible in order to avoid a collision.
- Lane splitting: When a rider tries to ram themselves in between two lanes, it can lead to a deadly accident.
- Intoxicated driving: No one should ever drink and drive, especially motorcyclists who have minimal protection.
- Motorcycle defects: At times, the motorcycle itself may have certain defective features, which can lead a rider to fall victim to an accident.
- Road defects: Cracked pavement, small or large potholes, physical objects, rocks of any size, debris, lack of lighting, or lack of safety signs can all contribute to a motorcycle accident.
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Source: News 4 SA