Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident
AUSTIN, TX – A man was killed Monday afternoon following a motorcycle accident on Slaughter Lane.
Austin police report that the crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. on Monday. The man killed was driving a Honda motorcycle near the 800 block of West Slaughter Lane. The man collided with a Toyota Camry that was turning into an apartment complex near that address.
The driver of the motorcycle was listed as having life-threatening injuries at the scene and was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge. The man succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday morning.
Police are still investigating the case. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the collision to call 512.974.6935.
According to law enforcement officials, traffic fatalities have risen dramatically this year. This is the 20th fatality of the year and the 20th fatal traffic collision. At this time last year there were 11 traffic fatalities and 9 fatality crashes on record.
Be On the Lookout
We must all share the road, and safe driving is everyone’s responsibility. As a motorcycle driver, you can help avoid accidents by:
Operating within the speed limit. There is no doubt that it can be a heady experience to speed down a straightaway astride two wheels. It’s also incredibly dangerous. Stick to the speed limit.
Wear bright or reflective clothing. This is especially pertinent if you are driving after dark. People have a more difficult time seeing you if you are decked out in black.
Never assume. That is, never assume that drivers of vehicles are aware of you. In fact, it is safer to assume that they don’t.
As the driver of a car or truck, you can take the proper steps to help ensure that you do not collide with a motorcycle.
Do not rely on your mirrors. If you are going to change lanes, do not rely solely on your rearview and side mirrors. Turn your head! Anything is difficult to see in your blind spot, but motorcycles hide even better.
Do not drive distracted. You are behind the wheel to drive. You are not behind the wheel to: talk on your cell phone, text, read or send emails, eat your lunch, put on your makeup, or finalize your report. Just drive.
Keep your distance. Do not tailgate a motorcycle. Don’t cut a motorcycle off. Keep a respectable distance. You never know if the cyclist in front of you is going to have an issue or need to put on the brakes.
If you have been injured in an accident, we are here to help you. Contact our offices at your earliest convenience so that we may begin reviewing your case. We are here for you and we want to help you get all of the compensation you deserve.