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A 20-year-old man from Cleburne died after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding on I-35, swerved directly into two vehicles stopped on the side of the road, and was thrown from his bike, according to KGNB News Radio . The New Braunfels Police said that the man was traveling northbound when he lost control of his 2006 Harley Davidson, and veered into two vehicles stopped on the emergency shoulder. According to KGNB, “police say the motorcycle and rider first struck the Taurus, continued to skid into the minivan, with the 20-year-old rider finally coming to rest in the middle of the highway, while his bike remained on the shoulder.” The rider, who has yet to be identified, was rushed to Christus New Braunfels Hospital where he was pronounced dead on the scene. Neither of the people in either the Taurus or the minivan was injured in the incident. This is common in accidents involving motorcycles: according to data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Commission, the vast majority (more than 85 percent) of motorcycle crashes involved passenger vehicles. In these crashes, “98 percent of the fatalities were motorcycle riders and only 2 percent of fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants.” According to the same report, nearly 62,000 motorcycle riders died in multi-vehicle crashes between 1975 and 2005. The Cleburne man is another number to these statistics. If the motorcycle rider was not dead, of course, and the passenger-vehicle occupants were injured, they would be well within their right to sue the Cleburne man for injury damages. A judge determines the percentage to which you’re entitled based on evidence from the crash—which is why you need the best team behind you if you’re considering a suit such as this. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving another driver or motorcycle rider, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney today. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Last Friday, police released more details on a crash that killed one teen and injured four others when a car broke through the seawall last weekend. Irvin Ruiz, 18, the front passenger, died at the scene, and four other teenagers were hurt in the 12:08 a.m. Sunday crash in the 100 block of Seawall Boulevard near East Beach, Galveston police said. Luis Aguirre, 16, of Texas City was hospitalized and listed in critical condition on Monday at the University of Texas Medical Branch, but his condition Friday wasn’t immediately known. The other occupants had non- life-threatening injuries. The teens were leaving a gathering on East Beach and were traveling west on the seawall, police Lt. Michael Gray said. A police report released Friday states the Mustang traveled at a high rate of speed on the dry road. Witnesses said the Mustang changed lanes from left to right, and the driver lost control a short time later. The car started a side skid then went off the seawall, and all the passengers were thrown from the car, the report states. It is unclear whether the Mustang was a convertible. The car came to rest in some brush. The driver, 19, told police he couldn’t remember much about what happened in the accident, the report states. The driver was unlicensed, the report states. No charges have been filed, police said. The report states unsafe speed contributed to the crash. Police had no preliminary indication that intoxication played a role in the wreck; however, the driver voluntarily provided a blood sample for testing. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and have suffered injuries as a result, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact an expert New Braunfels injury attorney at your earliest opportunity.