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Austin motorcycle accident ends in fatality

Attempting a left turn on a 4-lane divided highway can require a significant amount of skill and timing. This is especially important in the absence of a traffic light. A recent fatal motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas, illustrates the catastrophic consequences when appropriate care is not taken.

On September 18, a white van was traveling westbound along the 6800 block of Southwest Parkway in south Austin. At approximately 5:45 p.m., the van attempted to make a left turn into a private drive and pulled directly in front of a 32-year-old female motorcyclist traveling eastbound along the road. This resulted in a the motorcycle colliding with the van, seriously injuring the cyclist.

The motorcycle driver was transported by paramedics to South Austin Hospital, where she passed away later in the evening. According to police, their investigation determined that the woman was wearing a helmet, and she presented no indication of intoxication. At this time, it is uncertain if the driver of the van will be issued any criminal charges, but the investigation is ongoing.

Though motorcycles can be easy to miss due to their small size in relation to other vehicles, drivers on today's roads are still responsible for detecting them. Regardless of any criminal charges made by police, the family of a person killed in a similar motorcycle accident in Texas has the right to initiate a civil lawsuit against the driver responsible for the collision. Most in this situation seek the counsel of an attorney who is experienced in personal injury litigation. This type of attorney will be able to evaluate the specific details of a client's case and determine the best way to seek financial reparations for unexpected expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs and loss of wages.

Source: South Austin, TX Patch, "Police ID Victim Of Fatal Motorcycle Crash In South Austin", Tony Cantu, Sept. 23, 2016

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