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In recent weeks, one San Antonio motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving erratic driving, and another died after laying his bike down in an attempt to avoid a collision. These deaths are part of a larger pattern in Texas, where over 400 motorcyclists lost their lives and over 1,800 were seriously injured in crashes in 2019. It is important for motorcyclists throughout the state to take all reasonable safety precautions to avoid injury or death and to know where to find help if they have been injured.

Reducing Risk of Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcyclists can take their safety into their own hands by taking important precautions. Some of the best ways to reduce injury risk include:

  • Wearing a helmet: While helmets are not always effective at preventing injuries or saving lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that they saved more than 1,800 lives in 2017.
  • Wearing visible clothing: Many motorcycle accidents happen at night or because another driver fails to see the motorcycle. Bright or reflective clothing can make you more noticeable.
  • Following traffic laws: Driving defensively and at safe speeds can help you avoid a crash, as can making sure that you never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Practicing in safe conditions: Riding a motorcycle is a skill that takes time to acquire. You should make sure you are fully confident in your abilities before driving in high traffic environments or adverse road conditions.

What to Do After an Accident

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, prompt medical attention can help to save your life and create a record of your injuries, and an attorney can help you gather evidence of another driver’s negligence to start building your case for compensation. Speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving on the part of other drivers are all common causes of accidents involving motorcyclists, and all of these can justify a personal injury lawsuit.

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TX injury lawyerAfter a 12-hour period in late October in which there were four different car accidents involving pedestrians, San Antonio residents have voiced concerns about how common these accidents are in the area. In total, 46 pedestrians had been killed in San Antonio car accidents from the start of 2020 through October 23, according to local law enforcement. With this in mind, it is important that pedestrians and drivers alike take steps to reduce the risk of these accidents, and that they know where to turn for help if they are injured.

Causes of San Antonio Pedestrian Accidents

Of the four accidents mentioned above, in one case the victim was walking at night and wearing dark clothing, and in more than one case the victim was attempting to cross the street without a crosswalk. However, local residents suggest that drivers also contribute to the danger to pedestrians by failing to slow down even when there is a crosswalk.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supports the prevalence of all of these contributing factors in pedestrian accidents, as well as other factors including alcohol and drug intoxication and distractions from phones and other electronic devices. The NHTSA also reports that pedestrian accidents are much more common in urban areas like San Antonio.

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TX injury lawyerIn late October, a head-on collision in the northwest San Antonio area left at least two people dead, including the speeding driver who caused the crash and a child passenger in the vehicle that was struck. Unfortunately, serious injuries and fatalities are a frequent occurrence in head-on car crashes, leaving victims and their families struggling to respond to the damages.

The Dangers of Head-On Crashes

Head-on collisions are responsible for around 10 percent of annual accident fatalities despite the fact that they constitute a significantly smaller percentage of total accidents. Contributing factors to the severity of injuries in these accidents may include the high speeds at which they often occur and the fact that the point of impact is so close to where drivers and passengers are seated.

Head-on collisions tend to be caused by the dangerous and negligent behavior of at least one of the drivers involved. Examples of causes include:

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TX injury lawyerAfter a 2018 accident in which a mother and daughter lost their lives on the way home from Austin City Limits, their surviving family members are petitioning for a law that would require 18-wheelers and other large trucks to take measures to increase their visibility. The family feels that this law could prevent similar collisions to the one that affected them, which involved a tanker truck at night. If passed, this law could give drivers injured in truck accidents another option for claiming negligence and pursuing compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

Federal Regulations for Big-Rig Truck Drivers

Current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations specify standards for headlights, taillights, brake lights, and reflectors depending on the type of commercial motor vehicle, and they also require that these lights be operable and unobstructed at all times. If an accident occurs because a truck does not follow these regulations, the driver and his or her employer may share responsibility for failing to install the proper equipment and inspect it to make sure it is working.

The Austin family mentioned above seeks to expand these regulations by adding more lights to the sides of large trucks and requiring they be painted with light colors. Their goal is to reach 10,000 signatures on the petition and send it to the U.S. Department of Transportation. If they are successful, trucks throughout the United States could be required to update their equipment after legislation passes.

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TX accident lawyerIn early October, a man died after crashing into a tree because he swerved to avoid colliding with another vehicle. The accident, which happened in Austin near an I-35 exit, shows that crashing into another car is not the only way for serious injuries to occur. In some cases, another driver can be found at fault for your injuries even if he or she was not directly involved in your collision. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you establish liability in these often complicated cases.

When Can Another Driver Be Liable For a Single-Vehicle Crash?

In many single-car accidents, the driver of the vehicle that crashed is considered responsible, and there may not be a possibility of pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. However, this is not always the case. If the actions of another driver initiated the chain of events that led you to crash, they may be liable for your injuries. Possible situations when this could be the case include:

  • Another driver swerving into your lane on the interstate
  • Another driver pulling out in front of you at an intersection
  • Another driver approaching you head-on while driving in the wrong direction or making an unsafe passing maneuver
  • Another driver coming to a sudden stop in front of you
  • Another driver stalling or parking their vehicle in an unsafe location

If you are injured after trying to avoid another driver, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may worry that your own car or health insurance is your only option for helping to cover your expenses, but contacting an attorney early on can help you determine whether a personal injury claim may be a better option. We will also help you gather evidence of the other driver’s negligence, possibly including video footage and witness testimony of the time surrounding the accident, which is crucial in these cases in which there may be no physical evidence of another driver’s involvement.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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