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Another Reminder Why Riders Should Wear Safety Gear

Motorcyclists may sometimes feel like the conditions are right to ride without wearing a helmet and proper gear.  You may feel safe on a sunny day taking a short ride up the road. 

Don’t take the chance. 

Even if you following all of the traffic laws, you can still be the victim of a driver’s careless actions. My client experienced this firsthand early this year. Thank goodness he was wearing his helmet and protective clothing when a car slammed into his bike at a red light. 

My client was at a complete stop on his 2013 Harley-Davidson on a Loop 820 service road. Behind him, a 24 year-old driver had been texting and speeding. That driver crashed into my client, sending him hurling into the air and into the rear of the SUV in front of him and onto the concrete pavement.

The weight of his heavy motorcycle and the fall crushed his body. He broke his leg and suffered a fractured foot and torn ACL that required surgery and  extensive rehabilitation. He lost consciousness, his head and face required multiple sutures, and his mental abilities have been diminished. 

Berenson Injury Law succeeded in settling his case with trial looming for a substantial amount which will compensate my client for his damages. They include medical bills, loss of wages, diminished future earning capacity, disfigurement, disability, and pain and suffering. We also slashed his outstanding hospital and medical bills.

With such severe injuries despite wearing safety gear, I believe the accident could have been fatal had my client chosen to skip the gear for this one ride.

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A video of a terrifying motorcycle wreck south of Fort Worth has attracted three million views since it happened Saturday. 

A motorcycle rider’s video shows Eric Sanders riding ahead of him on a motorcycle with his girlfriend Debra Simpson riding shotgun. As Sanders approached slow-moving cars, he illegally pulled across the double-line divider to pass. 

Suddenly a car swerved into Sanders and his passenger, sending them into a slide. 

The motorcyclist with the camera pulled up to the driver and demanded, “What were you doing? You hit them!”

Shockingly, the motorist responded, “I don’t care!” 

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A couple on a motorcycle crashed when the tire on their 2008 Harley Davidson blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the bike. In this motorcycle accident last Thursday at 8:50 p.m. on Interstate 35 near Waco, the passenger, 34-year old Crystal Shaw, was killed in the wreck. Neither driver nor passenger were wearing a helmet. I am currently working on a court case with the exact same facts, and three children will have to grow up without a mother. This “devil may care” attitude while riding these incredibly dangerous machines makes me angry.

Texas Motorcycle Laws Don’t Make Sense

Texas motorcycle laws require riders who are under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. However a rider who is older than 21 and who has completed a rider training program or who is covered by motorcycle accident medical insurance does not have to wear a helmet.

These laws assume that riders can fully protect themselves against an accident, which is far from the case. Riders can take precautions that substantially reduce the chance of having an accident, but some matters are out of their control. Training won’t stop a motorist from swerving into the path of a motorcyclist, cracked pavement from knocking the bike off balance or a defective motorcycle part from malfunctioning. I’ve handled too many of these cases.


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Husband Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter 

Here’s one of those stories that makes me angry: a 43 year-old woman tragically died early Sunday morning in a fiery car crash due to her intoxicated husband. The couple was involved in a single vehicle wreck at the 15200 block of State Highway 183 near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at around 2:30 a.m. 43 year-old Juan Salinas was behind the wheel when the truck swerved into a ditch. 

When police arrived, the truck was on fire. Good Samaritans pulled Juan from the truck and ran back to help his wife, Elva Salinas, but the truck was already engulfed in flames and they were unable to reach her. Elva was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Juan was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. Although he is expected to recover from his injuries, he will have to live with the fact that his decision to drive drunk resulted in his wife’s death. In addition, he faces intoxication manslaughter charges. I hope he gets a stiff sentence.

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Widely Loved Officer Became Chief in Corpus Christi 

Floyd Simpson died in a motorcycle crash on early Sunday evening in Port Aransas. The popular officer died swerving to avoid an oncoming truck. The 16-year-old truck driver’s fatigue has been cited as the cause of the collision. Especially given our country’s recent law enforcement conflicts, this careless wreck seems all the more tragic. Why was the 16-year-old driving by himself in violation of state law, and how could he have been fatigued at only 7:00 in the evening? Our hearts go out to the officer’s wife of 27 years and his four children.

Dallas Mourns Loss of Respected Police Officer

Floyd Simpson made history as the first African American Chief of Police in Corpus Christi, a majority Mexican American city. Before then, he had been a 25-year veteran of the Dallas Police 

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Serious Head Injury Sustained by Motorcyclist Not Wearing Helmet 

Two motorcyclists were seriously injured in a traffic accident on Sunday afternoon in Corpus Christi when a woman driving a minivan failed to yield the right of way. The woman pulled out from a parking lot, darted across three lanes of traffic, and suddenly made a u-turn. A motorcyclist who was travelling in the center lane swerved to avoid getting hit by the minivan. The driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed, throwing him and his female passenger off the bike. 

Both victims were transported to a local hospital. The woman, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered serious head injuries. 

This kind of collision happens far too often in North Texas.

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Two motorcyclists were unfortunately killed in two crashes in Tarrant County just last weekend. Already more than 20 people have died while riding their bikes here this year.

That’s way too many, as readers of this blog have seen my rants on this topic for years.

The two most recent collisions

A Granbury motorcyclist was killed Saturday morning on Texas 114 near the SH-121 and I-635 split in Grapevine when he collided with a disabled vehicle that was at a stop in traffic. A man named Charles Ives, who was 61, tragically died in the emergency room at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. Two other people riding a motorcycle behind him also crashed and had to be rushed to the emergency room. Their condition is unknown at this time.
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No sooner does this blog issue warnings about drivers being alert for motorcycle riders than another horrifying collision takes place in the Metroplex. A van plowed into a group of 60 motorcycle riders this weekend while they were raising money for charity and injured three people. It’s truly lucky many people weren’t killed.

The members of the Fort Worth Harley Owners Group were traveling in formation in the center lanes of Interstate 30 when a van somehow crashed into the exit barrier wall near the Interstate 30/35 West interchange. The van’s airbags deployed, preventing the driver from seeing other vehicles around her, and her large vehicle collided into the motorcycles.

While it is not known at this time what caused the driver to hit the wall in the first place, several riders believe that she was driving while texting (DWT). Fort Worth police merely confirmed the obvious: the driver was inattentive.
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Here’s an outrageous story that is far too common: a motorcycle rider lost his life in Dallas Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident.

An 27-year-old male motorcycle rider, Kris Stroman, was driving eastbound on Walnut Hill Lane when a 2001 Chevy van heading westbound suddenly turned left in front of him. Mr. Stroman, who was wearing a helmet, was driving home from his job in Irving and had taken side roads like this to stay off more dangerous highways. He unfortunately could not avoid being hit head on, was thrown from the motorcycle, and was pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital.

As if that were not horrible enough, the van driver drove away to an apartment complex on Brockbank, where Dallas police quickly arrested a teenage girl. Worse still, she did not have a driver’s license.

Mr. Stroman was incredibly safe and had a heart of gold, his girlfriend said. The two were about to be married. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
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Changing lanes only takes a few seconds but they can be the difference between life and death for motorcyclists on the road beside you.

The Texas Department of Transportation’s important “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign ends tomorrow. TXDOT has partnered with the Patriot Guard Riders, a North Texas motorcycle group, to host a ride from downtown Fort Worth to AT&T Stadium in Arlington tomorrow. I fully support the awareness campaign and the ride and wanted to publicize them.

Why? In Texas in 2013, 487 motorcyclists were tragically killed in wrecks. Dallas was the third-deadliest city in Texas for motorcyclists with 24 fatalities. Fort Worth was fifth with 11. Statewide, there have been already 118 motorcyclist fatalities in 2014.

“Most motorcycle riders who have ridden for years, you watch the car in front of you and think, ‘What is the dumbest thing this person can do,'” said Mike Lambert, state captain of the Patriot Guard Riders. “Motorcyclists face that danger on a daily basis. If you’re out for a two-hour ride, you’re going to at least twice have to dodge another car.”
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