The Austin Republic of Texas Bike Rally will take place this weekend on July 11-14, 2016. As one of the largest bike rallies in the country, you can expect to see bike traffic increase dramatically during the event. Every year, the event attracts over 200,000 bike enthusiasts to Central Texas, transforming Austin into a sea of more than 40,000 motorcycles.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C. want to remind drivers to be extra careful this weekend and to share the road with our fellow motorists. With between 20 and 30 crashes occurring at the event each year, it is extremely important to watch for motorcyclists, avoid driving closely behind them, and avoid any distracting driving behaviors that could cause you to lose focus on the road.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A large number of motorcycle accidents involve drivers who claim not to have seen the motorcyclist coming. In many cases, this is due to negligence on the part of the driver. Negligence can come in the following forms:
- Distracted driving. Texting, eating, or grooming while driving are dangerous practices that take a person’s focus away from the road.
- Drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can severely impair a person’s driving skills, slowing their reaction time and increasing their chances of causing an accident.
- Speeding. Exceeding the speed limit makes it more difficult to avoid a collision if a sudden stop becomes necessary.
- Failing to signal. Many accidents occur when drivers merge into a lane without checking their blind spot or signaling.
Know Your Rights as a Motorcycle Accident Victim
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by the driver of another vehicle, you should be aware that you have a right to seek legal counsel and pursue compensation for costs related to your accident. Damages may include pain and suffering, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost earnings, and property damage. It is a good idea to work with a personal injury lawyer who can advocate on your behalf for maximum compensation.
We hope you don’t need to call us, but in case you do, we’re here to help. To request a free consultation with an Austin motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., please call us at (254) 938-6885.