A motorcyclist died on Saturday, Jan. 30, following a collision with a car at an intersection in Killeen. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash, according to authorities.
Details About the Crash
A 30-year-old woman lost her life when her motorcycle struck a vehicle while traveling through an intersection in Killeen. The motorcycle involved was a Harley Davidson and the other vehicle was a Nissan Versa.
Authorities state that they received a report of a crash through 911 responders at around 10 pm. The collision occurred at an intersection on SH 195 near South Fort Hood Street. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities found an unconscious woman lying on the roadway.
Prior to the collision, the motorcyclist was reportedly traveling southbound at an unsafe rate of speed on SH 195, and the Nissan was traveling north on the same road when it failed to yield at a stop sign while turning left. The Nissan pulled in front of the motorcycle, which collided with the front quarter panel of the vehicle.
The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from her motorcycle in the crash.
She was pronounced dead at 11:15 pm on Saturday.
Sharing Texas Roads with Motorcyclists
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were nearly as many fatal motorcycle crashes as fatal semi-truck crashes in 2019. This is particularly concerning for a few different reasons. Firstly, semi-truck accidents are notoriously dangerous due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. The fact that motorcycles caused nearly as many deaths highlights their potential danger.
Second, Texas has a particularly bad record when it comes to truck accidents. While on a national level, Texas’ motorcycle safety is slightly better than trucking safety, the state still has a long way to go to minimize motorcycle fatalities.
On the other hand, it’s worth noting that there are reasons to believe that there may be more motorcyclists in Texas than semi-trucks. While it’s difficult to determine how many semis there are in any one state at any one time, nationally there were reportedly 3.5 million working truck drivers in 2019. In comparison, there are well over 8 million registered motorcycles in the US.
While Texas motorcyclists may be making headway when it comes to roadway safety, it’s important for all of us to do our part to keep Texas roadways safe. Below, you can read Lapeze and Johns’ guide to sharing Texas roads with motorcycles. You can download our tips and share them with loved ones to help them stay safe, too.
If you’ve been involved in a car or motorcycle accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, for help seeking legal relief.