Texas Motorcycle Crashes Are All Too Common
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper’s report, a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 190 about a mile west of Killeen Saturday night, Dec. 13 took the life of 37-year-old Gabriel Anthony Rascon, from Copperas Cove.
At about 9:35 p.m. state troopers were dispatched to the scene after someone called in a report that motorcycle travelling westbound left the highway and crashed along the side of the road. According to DPS, Rascon apparently lost control of the motorcycle, then overcorrected, causing him to skid off the road. The motorcycle then flipped over several times, resulting in the rider being thrown from the bike.
That accident came a few days after a Tuesday crash between a Ford F-250 pickup truck and a Honda motorcycle in San Angelo. That one happened at about 12:30 p.m. According to San Angelo police, the motorcycle was travelling east past a Walmart on Sherwood Way. As he did so, the pickup attempted to turn west (left) out of the Walmart parking lot, and claims he did not see the motorcycle, and hit him on exiting the lot. Although the truck was not travelling at a high rate of speed, the impact pushed the motorcycle about ten feet, across a lane of traffic.
The motorcycle rider was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital. His injuries were unknown, but he was reportedly conscious as first responders loaded him into the ambulance.
The pickup’s driver was cited for failure to yield right-of-way from a private drive.
These accidents come as the number motorcycle accidents in the state of Texas are becoming more concerning. The main reasons are the number of motorcycles and the great weather. Because of the high cost of gasoline in recent years, the number of bikes on the road keeps hitting records. The number of motorcycles registered in 2013 topped 400,000, and that number was double the number in 2000. Because most of the state has year-round motorcycle weather, more bikes translates to more accidents. There are around 5,000 motorcycle accident fatalities every year nationwide, with approximately 500 of those fatalities occurring in Texas.
The most common causes for so many motorcycle fatalities are speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving, failure of other vehicles to yield to bikes, lack of safety training, failure to wear helmets and poor weather and/or road conditions.
In the wake of a motorcycle accident, the victims and their loved ones need experienced, proven lawyers to make sure they are treated fairly.