Since September 4th, there have been multiple motorcycle accidents in Texas, three of which resulted in the death of the motorcyclist involved. The alarming frequency with which these accidents happen highlights the importance of driving responsibly and staying alert while on the road.
The Series of Collisions
One of the fatal incidents occurred on Monday, September 6, one mile north of Lubbock on Farm to Market Road 1264. According to DPS officers, the motorcyclist was traveling north behind a Dodge Ram towing a trailer on FM1264. The motorcyclist attempted to pass the Dodge and failed, colliding with the front portion of the trailer and the back left side of the truck. The 38-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the truck driver was uninjured.
Tuesday, September 7, saw a shockingly high number of motorcycle accidents, with the first of the day’s four crashes occurring at 9:45 a.m. in Jefferson County.
According to DPS reports, a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling east on U.S. 90 when it was struck at an intersection by a 2017 Mazda traveling north on Main Lane. Preliminary investigations suggest the Mazda failed to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist. The Mazda driver attempted to flee but was soon apprehended, uninjured. The motorcyclist was hospitalized following the accident.
Later in the day, another motorcyclist was hospitalized following a collision with another vehicle. The motorcycle was traveling north on State Highway 91 when it collided with a vehicle pulling out of Denison High School. The vehicle had reportedly failed to stop before pulling out in front of the motorcyclist.
In the evening, at around 6:30, yet another motorcyclist was hospitalized following a car accident. The motorcyclist was traveling north on Highway 377 in Tioga when another driver pulled out in front of the bike from Clark’s Restaurant. The motorcyclist was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Just over thirty minutes later, in Corpus Christi, a motorcyclist was killed near the intersection of SPID and Greenwood Drive. Details of the incident are limited, but paramedics report that they discovered the 30-year-old motorcyclist dead when they arrived at the scene of the crash.
Finally, on Wednesday, September 8, at around 1:15 a.m., a motorcyclist was killed when his vehicle was crushed between two other cars.
According to Garland officials, a Dodge Charger was traveling south on Interstate 635 near La Prada when it entered a reduced-speed construction zone and was struck from behind by another car. The motorcyclist who had been traveling between the two vehicles was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. No other injuries were reported.
Motorcycle Safety in Texas
In 2020, Texas saw over 7,600 motorcycle accidents, making an average of 21 accidents per day. Motorcycle accidents in Texas were also six times more likely to result in a fatality compared to other accidents.
With that in mind, it’s essential that each of us watches out for motorcyclists while on the road. Below, you can find Lapeze & Johns’ handy guide to safely sharing the roads with motorcyclists. Download our guide and share it with loved ones to help them stay safe, too.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a Texas motorcycle accident, reach out to the compassionate car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns to learn about your options for financial relief.