A crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger car took the life of a man
on March 30. The collision occurred at the Osage Drive and U.S. Highway
183 intersection at about 9:30 p.m., resulting in authorities diverting
highway traffic for four-and-a-half hours. Leander police say that a 19-year-old
male motorcyclist was traveling south on the highway when a 46-year-old
northbound driver in a Kia made a left-hand turn in front of him from
the center lane. Despite the motorcyclist wearing a helmet, he died from
his injuries. The Kia driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and
received treatment at a medical center nearby.
motorcycle crash was the second of the day in the Austin metro area and the fifth in a
week. The incident earlier on March 30 occurred on RM 2222 at Vaught Ranch
Road when a car hit a motorcycle while trying to turn left across RM 2222.
Austin police say that traffic was congested for longer than an hour while
they and emergency services were on the scene. The female motorcyclist
died while receiving treatment at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
According to authorities, every motorcyclist killed in the metro area so
far in 2015 was wearing helmets except one. Texas does not require motorcyclists
to wear helmets, but they are encouraged to do so because studies have
shown that they reduce the likelihood of
serious injuries in the event of a crash.
The spouse, children or parents who suffer the
death of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident might file a wrongful death claim. This could
help them recover some of the financial damages, such as funeral costs
and medical bills if the loved one was hospitalized prior to passing away.
They may also receive compensation for the loss of companionship and future earnings.
Source: Hill Country News, "Leander man dies in second motorcycle-related
accident on Monday," Lynette Haaland and Scott W. Coleman , March 31, 2015