Austin, TX (November 16, 2023) – A motor vehicle accident reported in the Austin area claimed the life of a motorcyclist on Wednesday, November 15. At around 7:15 a.m., the Austin Police Department and the Austin Travis County EMS responded to the scene of an automobile collision that occurred on Texas State Highway 71.
Local news reports show that a motorcycle and a car collided on the eastbound side of the highway. The incident shut down the highway just before Spirit of Texas Drive. Emergency crews remained at the scene for several hours as they provided assistance. One person involved in the accident sustained fatal injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased while still at the scene. At this time, the Austin Police Department is investigating the incident.
We offer our condolences to the family of the victim killed in this crash.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 562 motorcyclists killed in 2022. This represents a 5.5% increase from 2021.
Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to injury and death in traffic accidents. In 2022, motorcyclists accounted for only 3% of all vehicles on the road, but they made up 14% of all traffic fatalities.
There are a number of factors that contribute to motorcycle fatalities, including:
- Lack of helmet use: In 2022, 39% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets.
- Speeding: Speeding was a factor in 34% of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2022.
- Alcohol impairment: Alcohol impairment was a factor in 27% of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2022.
Unfortunately, it can be incredibly hard for families to deal with the impact that fatal motorcycle accidents bring. However, it is essential to seek representation and pursue a wrongful death against the responsible party after experiencing the loss of your loved one.
Take Legal Action
Filing a claim for wrongful death is one of the best things that you can do to ensure justice is served. Even though this type of action cannot bring back your loved one, it can help to provide closure and help your family get the financial resources needed to move forward during this difficult time. A wrongful death claim can provide you with compensation for funeral expenses, burial expenses, and more. Acting quickly to protect your rights will ensure you have the best chance of getting justice.
Let Our Compassionate Advocates Help
At The Law Offices of Troy A. Brookover, we understand how devastating it can be to lose a loved one in a fatal accident. For this reason, we remain dedicated to helping families seek justice for their losses. From start to finish, our team will handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on healing with your family. Time is crucial when seeking legal action after such a devastating event, which is why we offer free consultations at (210) 226-2000. We are here to fight for your rights and help bring closure during this difficult time. Let us guide you through the legal process and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Note: The content of this post is derived from secondary sources available to our team. These encompass various outlets such as local news, police reports, eyewitness testimonies, and social media, among others. While we strive for accuracy, we haven’t independently confirmed every detail related to the incident. If you come across any discrepancies, please bring them to our attention promptly for rectification. We are open to post removal upon request.
Disclaimer: This post is purely informational and does not serve as a call for business. The information presented here should not be interpreted as legal or medical counsel. Additionally, the accompanying photograph is illustrative and was not captured at the actual site of the incident.