A fatal motorcycle accident happened on Highway 813 in Waxahachie, Texas between a UPS truck and a motorcycle.
According to police reports, the UPS truck was traveling west and the motorcycle was traveling east on Highway 813. The accident happened as the UPS truck proceeded to turn left and the motorcycle hit the side of the truck. The motorcyclist died at the scene. Our Austin Car Accident Attorneys see this type of accident quite commonly. That’s a shame because these accidents are easily avoidable.
Motorcycle accidents are common. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycle accidents have been on the rise since 1998. Drivers in other vehicles cause most motorcycle accidents.
The IIHS recommends helmet use by all motorcyclists. According to statistics, motorcycle helmets are roughly 37 percent effective in preventing deaths and helmets are about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. However, only 19 states and the District of Columbia have helmet laws.
According to the data collected from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the IIHS calculates that:
- 4,295 bikers died in collisions in 2014
- Per mile traveled in 2014, the number of motorcycle deaths was 27 times the number in cars
Never try to handle a motorcycle accident claim on your own. Always reach out to speak to a competent motorcycle accident attorney who can advise you on what compensation you may be eligible for and how to file a personal injury lawsuit.