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Five More Died in Austin Crashes in 2011 than in 2010

By King Law Firm on January 29, 2013 - Comments off

The city of Austin, Texas and the Austin Police Department make annual crime and traffic reports available to the public on their website: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/annual-crime-traffic-reports. The most recent reports available are for the calendar years of 2010 and 2011. Discovering the causes and types of traffic accidents in the city helps residents understand the nature of crashes and possibly avoid becoming involved in crashes themselves.

In 2011, there were 48 Austin crashes resulting in fatalities, with 54 people dying in these crashes. There were 49 deaths, five fewer, in Austin vehicle crashes in 2010.

Forty-one percent of those who died in Austin traffic accidents in 2011 were occupants of motor vehicles. In addition, 41 percent were pedestrians, 16 percent were motorcyclists, and two percent were bicyclists.

Motorcycle Helmet Use

Of all Austin motorcycle crash deaths recorded in 2011, 44 percent of victims were not wearing helmets. The remaining 56 percent wore helmets.

Seatbelt Use

Of all Austin vehicle occupant deaths in 2011, 41 percent of those who died were not wearing their seatbelts while 50 percent were wearing seatbelts. Seatbelt use among the remaining nine percent is unknown.

Alcohol Impairment

Twenty-one percent of Austin’s traffic fatalities in 2011 involved a driver impaired with alcohol. This is down from 53 percent in 2010.

Speed

Speed was a contributing factor in 23 percent of Austin traffic deaths that occurred in 2011.

Location of Fatal Austin Accidents

Forty-four percent of Austin traffic fatalities occurred on freeways, and the remaining 56 percent on other streets and roads.

Finding Justice for Lost Loved Ones

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a traffic accident caused by the negligence of someone else, a drunk driver for example, contact a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at the King Law Firm. Please call us at (512) 514-6633 to discuss your potential case free of charge.

Neighbors Concerned about Dangerous Austin Intersection after Fatal Motorcycle Crash

By King Law Firm on November 12, 2012 - Comments off

Residents of an Austin neighborhood say they are concerned about a dangerous roadway after a motorcycle crash that killed a 42-year-old man. According to a KXAN news report, the fatal Austin motorcycle crash occurred near the intersection of Montopolis Drive and Hogan Avenue. Neighbors say it is one of the most dangerous streets in Austin with the community college campus nearby and cars cutting through to get to town.

Residents have asked for a stop light at the intersection and speed bumps in the area, but haven’t received them. This is reportedly the third accident at that location this year. The most recent motorcycle accident occurred when a car turning from Hogan collided with the motorcycle that was traveling on Montopolis.

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable when it comes to dangerous roadways. A number of motorcycle accidents particularly occur at intersections. Motorcyclists are often hit by left-turning vehicles. This may be because motorists often look for larger vehicles such as cars, trucks, or SUVs at intersections, but may not be consciously looking out for a motorcycle. The situation can get particularly dangerous when the visibility at an intersection is hampered by defective roadway design.

If a dangerous or defective roadway causes a motorcycle accident, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable for the incident. Family members of the deceased motorcycle accident victim may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost future income.

The experienced Austin motorcycle accident claim lawyers at the King Law Firm have a long and successful track record of representing the rights of motorcycle accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact us at (512) 277-5762 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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