It's no surprise that driving a motorcycle comes with a higher risk of injury than for those that travel by motor vehicle, especially when a teenager is in control. Teenagers or young adults tend to be oblivious of how dangerous a motorcycle can be, causing other motorists to be weary of them while traveling. In a recent motorcycle accident, in North Austin, a teenager was killed after trying to avoid contact with another vehicle.
During the early afternoon hours of Dec. 4, the biker was traveling northbound on a Texas roadway when it encountered a pickup truck. While trying to avoid contact with the truck, which apparently swerved unexpectedly to exit onto a service road, the driver of the motorcycle lost control and struck the truck's right rear tire. The driver of the motorcycle was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene due to the impact.
The accident left many unanswered questions, leading the Austin Police Department to continue with the investigation. This year, the department has reported 67 fatal traffic accidents and 72 fatalities, including this most recent crash. Last year, police noted there were 71 fatal crashes and 73 traffic deaths at this exact time.
If the pending investigation ends up indicating negligence or recklessness on the part of the pickup truck driver, then the family of the deceased may have grounds to pursue a claim for monetary damages in the Texas civil justice system. Families who have lost loved ones who were victims of a motorcycle accident may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties believed responsible. Those who successfully present such a claim may secure a judgment for monetary relief that could ease any financial burdens sustained.
Source: North Austin, Tx Patch, "Teen Dies In North Austin Motorcycle Accident", Tony Cantu, Dec. 7, 2017