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Father and Son Die in East Austin Motorcycle Crash, Neither Wearing Helmets

By King Law Firm on January 8, 2013

Austin police officers are begging the public to make a better choice when riding motorcycles. The first traffic deaths of 2013 in the Austin area were Rodney Adam Carr, Senior, age 31, and his 13-year-old son. Father and son were riding together through their neighborhood when their motorcycle slammed into the rear of a parked car.

As reported by, neither father nor son was wearing helmets. Texas law requires all motorcycle riders under age 21 to wear a helmet. It is possible the father was not experienced on this motorcycle because it was not registered under his name.

The year 2012 was a deadly one for crashes in the Austin area. These deaths marked the first and second Austin traffic fatalities in the new year.

Austin Police Department Lieutenant Doug Dukes was reported to have said that without helmets, riders do not have to go very fast for bad things to happen. Forensic officers do not believe the motorcycle was speeding, but they are still trying to determine rate of speed and determine exactly how the tragedy occurred.

The father was pronounced dead at the scene. A short time later at Dell Children’s hospital, the son was also pronounced dead. The crash occurred in East Austin close to 11 Berger Street just before dark.

Austin police would like to remind the public of the helmet law requiring anyone younger than 21 years old to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. Those age 21 or older must have completed a motorcycle safety course or have sufficient medical insurance.

If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident that was due to another’s negligence, contact Austin fatal motorcycle accident attorney Ray King. He has more than 20 years of experience handling motorcycle injury cases. Call (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation and computerized case evaluation.

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