RoT Rally can be a dangerous time in the Austin area. Travis County EMS reported 14 motorcycle crashes and treated 7 riders. One died during the annual festival.
After the annual Ride of Texas Rally, it is unfortunately time to take a look at the tally of injuries and death during this year’s festivities.
During ROT Rally 2017:
- 14 motorcycle crashes
- 1 motorcycle accident fatality
- EMS treated 7 people
- 7 hospitalized
Could these crashes have been prevented? TXDot and many others reminded drivers to share the road with motorcyclists out on the roadway. It’s the job of both the motorcyclist and the car or truck driver to
Here’s a rundown of the 7 of 14 motorcycle crashes that EMS treated in the Austin area over ROT Rally weekend of 2017.
- A 47-year-old male motorcyclist was riding in the 100 block of Mopac Expressway. The motorcyclist received treatment and was transported to a trauma medical center. June 8, 2017.
- A 65-year-old male motorcyclist was riding in the 400 block of E 6th St. Though struck the rider refused treatment. | June 8, 2017.
- A 28-year-old male motorcyclist was injured at the intersection of Comal and E 7th St. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at UT. Injuries were not life threatening. | June 9, 2017.
- A 29-year-old male motorcyclist was hit in the 1000 block of E Koenig Ln. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at UT with non-life-threatening injuries.| June 9, 2017.
- A 50-year-old male motorcyclist was riding in the intersection of Canoga Ave and Decker Lane. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at UT with non-life-threatening injuries. | June 9, 2017.
- A 27-year-old male motorcyclist with a pregnant female passenger died at the scene of a crash at 2900 N FM 973 RD. The 25-year-old female passenger was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at UT with critical injuries. She lost her unborn child due to the crash. | June 10th 2017.
- A 39-year-old male motorcyclist was traveling on Dawn Dr at the time of a collision. Transport was refused. June 11, 2017.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Raul Diaz Jr. who died in a crash on FM 973. A female passenger on the motorcycle was ejected. DPS reported that the female passenger was pregnant, the baby did not survive the collision. The female passenger is in critical condition.
The driver of the truck has been identified as Cesar Corona-Quiterio who was arrested for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
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You can see the updated information about motorcycle crashes during RoT Rally by the Austin-Travis County EMS’s interactive map.
Annual Texas Motorcycle Rally Draws Crowd of 40k
The popular ROT Biker Rally, or Republic of Texas Biker Rally, here in Austin, Texas, is the biggest motorcycle rally in the state of Texas and attracts motorcyclists from all over the nation. The one recently held on June 10-13, 2017, brought an estimated 40,000 participants to the city of Austin, enjoying everything from long, scenic rides through the hill country to congregating downtown for the party on Congress Ave. Friday night; all of these events bring up topics of safety and motorcycle accidents. The growing popularity of rallies such as this one and the popularity of motorcycles in general mean an increasing chance of motorcycle accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist is 37 times more likely to die in an accident than a car passenger or driver. In 2017, there were 463 motorcycle rider fatalities. Of those, 52% were not wearing a helmet. The state of Texas does not require by law for motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but the NHTSA estimates that helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Read more about motorcycle helmet laws in Texas here.
Among many injuries caused by motorcycle accidents including paralysis, need for amputations, or even death, closed head injuries can occur when a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet. Many brain and closed head injuries can go undetected, so if you are in a motorcycle accident, it is best to get checked by a doctor immediately. The majority of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, many due to other drivers’ negligence or carelessness.
It is always a good idea to regularly check your motorcycle insurance policy limits. Coverage options include Liability, Property Damage, Uninsured/Underinsured, Collision, Comprehensive, Medical, and Umbrella. Umbrella, the best option if you can afford it, covers cases in which damages are extensive, and you will know you are covered no matter what the cost.
If you or someone you know is in a motorcycle accident, obtain medical attention immediately if you suspect any injuries have occurred, and contact a lawyer at the McMinn Law Firm to go over all your options.