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Austin man charged with homicide in motorcycle accident

There are over 440,000 registered motorcycle riders in the state of Texas. With that many riders on the road and their vulnerability when it comes to size and visibility, it is easy to understand how a motorcycle accident might happen.

That's why the Texas Department of Public Safety has stepped up its efforts to encourage motorists to share the road with motorcyclists. This includes being particularly cautious when switching lanes, pulling out of a driveway, or yielding the right of way. These are important actions when it comes to preventing motorcycle collisions.

Unfortunately, this information is too late to help a 66-year-old Austin man who allegedly struck and killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist. The motorcycle driver died at a nearby medical center.

While reports indicate that both drivers had green lights, the motorcyclist had the right of way. Because the car driver didn't yield, he has now been charged with criminally negligent homicide. Whether there were any other factors that might have come into play is difficult to know, as the preliminary report is still pending.

Motorcyclists put their lives at risk each time they get on the road with larger vehicles. They have to depend on all drivers to be alert and aware. Unfortunately, much of the time, motorcycle accidents happen because a driver doesn't pay attention and react quickly enough.

Sometimes the motorcyclist walks away. Sometimes, this isn't the case. Motorcycle accidents frequently occur because other drivers on the road don't see the bike rider. When this happens, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can work with someone who has been injured in a crash.

Source: Austin American-Statesman, "Austin man charged in wreck that killed motorcyclist," Esther Robards-Forbes, May 21, 2013

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