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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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Dallas News |

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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A man and a woman from Dallas were tragically killed after their motorcycle collided recently with an 18 wheel truck in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Accounts differ as to the collision’s cause. DPS troopers have said that traffic had stalled due to an overturned tractor-trailer; witnesses claim that the collision came about after the semi-truck suddenly stopped in the middle of the road and did not pull onto the shoulder. The 47-year-old and 27-year-old motorcycle riders died at the scene.
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Berenson Injury Law has settled a Fort Worth personal injury lawsuit for $125,000.00.

The case arose from a motorcycle collision last year when our client’s sunglasses fell out of his pocket at night on a busy street. He drove back and was in the process of retrieving them when he was crashed into by a young woman. The man was thrown off his motorcycle and landed hard on the pavement.
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I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful client to hand him a settlement check. And I’m still fighting to reduce his hospital bill and a doctor’s charges even more than I already have to give H____ even more money.

H_____ was at a complete stop on his brand new Harley Davidson on Beltline Road in Carrolton in April when a truck hit him from the rear.

Unfortunately the at-fault driver was uninsured and judgment proof. And H____ had not yet purchased any coverage on his motorcycle, including uninsured insurance, so there was no way to get H_____ any money from a nonexistent policy.

In honor of the Fourth of July on Thursday, we are publishing our Bill of Rights that our clients enjoy at the Berenson Law Offices.

We know that you have been injured, are in pain, and have suffered substantial financial losses. Even as we are fighting the other driver and his insurance company and attorneys to get you the compensation you deserve, we at the Berenson Law Offices will be always be treating you with the utmost of respect and dignity. The Bill of Rights is as follows:

1. You are entitled to be treated under the Bible’s Golden Rule at all times: we will do unto you, the Client, as we would have done unto us. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by Mr. Berenson and all personnel here. We want to treat you like family.

2. You are entitled to an attorney who is capable of handling your legal matter competently, diligently, and expeditiously.
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A new study in Michigan suggests that motorcycle helmet laws substantially reduce the average cost of injury cliams for people injured in motorcycle crashes.

Michigan recently changed the 40-plus year running law requiring all riders to wear helmets and now only requires those drivers under 21 to do so. The year after the law was changed, the average injury claim payment was $7,257, a 34% increase compared to the two years prior to the law change when claims averaged $5,410.

Several related studies have shown that the rate of severe injury caused by crashes, especially to the head, is significantly lower among helmet wearers and those who choose not to wear helmets. The new findings are consistent with these other findings.

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