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Failure to yield causes tragic motorcycle accident in Texas

Intersections are dangerous. More accidents seem to occur at crossroads than in other sections of roadways. Texas motorists approaching intersections are advised to use extra caution, especially in the early hours of evening when visibility may be compromised by shadows. Those who may be particularly vulnerable at this time are motorcyclists.

A tragic example of this occurred around 6:45 p.m. on a recent Friday. According to preliminary investigations, a 44-year-old man was heading east on his motorcycle when he approached an intersection at which he had the right of way. The media reported that a pickup truck, driven by an 18-year-old woman, approached the intersection from the north and came to a stop. However, the driver allegedly proceeded into the intersection without yielding to the oncoming motorcycle. The biker was unable to stop before colliding with the pickup truck.

Emergency responders transported the man to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to save him, and he died from his injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was unharmed. There is no information about whether police have charged her for failing to yield to the motorcycle. However, it is certain that the family of the victim is mourning his sudden and tragic death.

No matter the conditions or the time of day, it is the responsibility of every Texas driver to make sure the path is clear before entering an intersection. Failing to do so can lead to devastating consequences. The victims of motorcycle accidents that occur due to someone else's negligence have the right to seek potential compensation through the civil courts. In fatal accidents, the surviving family of a deceased victim may have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Source: tylerpaper.com, "Motorcyclist killed in two-vehicle fatal crash in Van Zandt County", Louanna Campbell, Nov. 13, 2017

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