Dallas, Tx, 08/25/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Dallas personal injury lawyers report a motorcyclist who was killed after being hit by a tractor-trailer has been identified.
A man who died in an early morning semi truck accident on Interstate 30 in Dallas has been identified. The crash was reported shortly prior to 3 a.m. after the victim, who was riding on a motorcycle was hit by a tractor-trailer on the ramp from Interstate 35E to I-30. Reports say that the 27-year-old motorcyclist, who died at the scene, was identified by the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office as Matthew Higgins of Red Oak.
Source: Dallas News Report “Motorcyclist killed in Tuesday motorcycle accident identified”
“The Dallas Medical Examiner’s office identified the motorcyclist as Matthew Higgins, 27, of Red Oak…Higgins was the “backbone” for his wife and five children, according to an online fundraiser for his family.”
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The most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts sheet, which lists data from 2013, shows that in that year approximately 95,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks. Nearly an estimated 4,000 people were killed that same year in those accidents. Of the total number of those killed, 71 percent were individuals who occupied other vehicles. Nationwide, the total number of large trucks involved in police reported traffic crashes was approximately 342,000.
According to Dallas based personal injury lawyer Amy Witherite of the Eberstein Witherite law firm, although semi-truck accidents of all types carry a high risk of fatalities motorcyclists are particularly at risk of fatal injury in these crashes due to the size and scale of a large truck in comparison to motorcycles. Says Witherite, “motorcyclists can go unnoticed on the road by drivers of commercial vehicles and unwittingly be in harm’s way if an on coming tractor-trailer is negligent or fails to see them in their path.”
Witherite further says that “a major problem in many motorcycle-vehicle accidents is a reluctance by drivers to share the road. The rights and privileges of motorcyclists are the same as any other motorists on the road.” The Dallas attorney says that individuals who do become injured in a motorcycle-truck accident should discuss their legal options regarding being compensated for any related damages they incur.
There are some things motorcyclists can also do to reduce their risks of injury. These include:
Taking a motorcycle safety course – Not all states require individuals who obtain a motorcycle license to take a motorcycle safety class, but it is an advisable idea in any case. Such classes teach riders safety laws applicable in their state and ways to respond in emergency situations.
Wearing helmets and clothing that will be helpful protection in the event of an accident can reduce risks of serious injury.
Avoiding driver distractions – Like drivers of any motor vehicle, it is important to avoid distractions like using mobile devices and other behaviors while operating one’s vehicle.
Maintaining safe speeds – Speeding can lead motorcyclists to lose control of their vehicle. It is important that riders maintain safe speeds at all times.
Leaving enough space between vehicles – Riding too close to any vehicle can put motorcyclists out of the rear view site of vehicles in front of them. It is important to maintain a safe driving distance at all times.
The recent crash remained under investigation at the time of the report. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family of Higgins.
Eberstein Witherite LLP
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