A motorcyclist has been killed after rear-ending a Chevy Trailblazer with his motorcycle on Sunday.
According to an article that appeared at the Chron.com website, police indicate that the accident occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m. on southbound Interstate 45.
After being struck from behind, the Trailblazer spun into a west retaining wall. The impact of the crash threw the motorcyclist into the east retaining wall. The motorcycle continued, riderless, until crashing and catching fire.
The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No names of those involved have been released. According to a police spokesperson, no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in accidents involving motorcycles. In 2015, statistics indicate that 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in the U.S. Though most motorcyclists are very safety conscious and take every precaution before setting out on the road. One underlying reason for many injuries and fatalities for motorcyclists and their passengers is a greater exposure to the hazards of the road. Because of this, the chance of injury or death is much higher than in other types of enclosed vehicles.
Ways that riders can keep themselves safe include:
- Make sure that drivers and passengers are wearing a helmet. Riding with a helmet can help protect from head trauma in case of an accident.
- Consider wearing other protective gear in addition such as leather jackets, pants or even chaps to lessen injury to the body in case of a spill.
- Before setting out on the road, be sure to check the headlights, turn signals, brake lights and mirrors. Check the brakes and the horn in order to make sure that they are in working order. Also, check the tire pressure to ensure that it’s within the recommended psi listed in the owner’s manual.
- Never ride with more than two people.
- Keep an eye out for other potential hazards on the road. These can include debris in the roadway, railroad tracks, and other obstacles. Also be aware of all other vehicles around you. Drivers of passenger vehicles do not always see motorcyclists.
- When passing another vehicle, make sure that the other vehicle driver is aware of your presence.
- Obey all traffic signs and indicators and travel at the posted speed limit. Be sure to give yourself at least a two-second stopping distance between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you on city streets and increase this amount of time to three to four seconds when you are riding on the open road. Stopping too quickly creates inertia and can cause the motorcycle driver or passengers to be thrown from the motorcycle.
- Keep in mind potential blind spots. If you wear a helmet, turning your head can make sure that you better see the vehicle and situations around you.
Even while taking such precautions, motorcycle accidents can still happen. If you live in the Houston area and if you or someone you love has been involved in an accident involving a motorcycle, contact our offices today.
Having an experienced attorney who will work for you is important. After an accident, medical and hospital bills as well as dealing with others connected to your accident are best handled under the advice of an attorney.
When you call, we will match you with an attorney who is best suited to address your needs and those surrounding your case. Your lawyer will go over the details of your case and will then outline potential courses of action. If you decide to proceed, we can immediately begin the process of filing your lawsuit as well as helping you with any insurance or other paperwork that is needed. Contact our offices today at the number on your screen or use our web contact form. Your initial consultation and legal analysis are completely free and without obligation.