LIVE! reported an accident between a motorcycle and a truck that resulted in two deaths. A Department of Public Safety (DPS) press release has confirmed that the two people killed were the bike riders; one of the riders was a local San Angelo man.
The accident occurred Wednesday night, just after 10 p.m. when a 2013 Ford F-150 was traveling east on 52nd Street and approaching SL 338 where a 2013 Harley Davidson was traveling north on SL 338. The driver of the F-150, Marc Simon, 48, of San Angelo, failed to yield right of way and entered the intersection of SL 338 and 52nd Street where he stuck the northbound motorcycle.
The two motorcyclists, Justin L. Cathey, 43, of San Angelo, and Jennifer L. Jordan, 36, of Odessa, were pronounced dead at the scene by Ector County Medical Examiner, Anna Allen. Unfortunately, neither of the bikers were wearing a helmet.
Trooper Travis McCracken, DPS Odessa, investigated this accident and Trooper William Kothmann, DPS Odessa, assisted.
Motorcycle Crash Statistics
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fact Sheet 2015:
- There were 459 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in 2015.
- Fifty-two percent of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
- The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
- Texas experienced a decrease in the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
- There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015, with 17,011 people sustaining a serious injury.
Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA reported,
- 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015, up 8.3 percent from 4,594 in 2014.
- In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, down 4.3 percent from 92,000 in 2014.
- In 2014, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes, down 2.3 percent from 4,692 in 2013.
- In 2014, 39 percent of those motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets, down from 41 percent in 2013.
- Over the nine years from 2005 to 2014, fatalities among the 40-and-older age group increased by 14 percent, compared to less than 1 percent for all ages.
- The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2014 was six times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants.
San Antonio Motorcycle Accident Attorney
More and more motorcyclists are wearing helmets when driving, but there are still some that do not. Wearing a helmet while riding does not ensure that you will not get seriously injured or even killed during a crash, but it does provide more coverage than not having one on at all. Motorcycles are dangerous because passenger vehicles have a difficult time seeing them and also, they don’t provide much protection when they are in an accident. Yet, more and more people are opting to buy them. Riding is very popular as a past time, and they are also attractive due to getting great gas mileage. Unfortunately, more riders mean a higher crash percentage. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation.