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Recent Motorcyclist Fatalities and Car Crashes in Texas August 2015

On the morning of August 25, 2015 an unnamed motorcyclist died in a car crash in Houston, TX shutting down nearby highways for hours. Although motorcyclist's identity is not yet known, he was identified as a young black man who was likely in his 20s or 30s. He passed away after he sped and struck two cars. The motorcycle was destroyed in the crash, leaving behind scraps of what was once the motorcycle.

This accident is similar to the accident that occurred in League City, TX on August 11th, just 14 days earlier. The motorcyclist died from the impact of the crash as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 4,668 people who died in a motorcycle accident. There were 491 motorcyclists who were killed in an accident in Texas alone. In 2012, 1,099 motorcyclists were injured in an accident. These high figures are not surprising, considering only 60 percent of motorcyclists wear helmets that meet safety standards approved by the government, and that most of these motorcyclists reside in states that require motorcyclists to wear helmets by law.

In addition, in 2012 more motorcyclists had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) than drivers of other types of vehicles. The percentage of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes while under the influence was 27 percent. Meanwhile, the percentages of other types of drivers were lower at "23 percent for passenger cars, 22 percent for light trucks, and 2 percent for large trucks" (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Attorneys do not always rely on police reports to obtain information. Personal injury lawyers often hire private investigators to gather more facts about each case and the true cause of an accident. Are you looking for answers to your questions? 

-- Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Texas personal injury attorney.

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