September 25, 2012
Despite actions being taken by government agencies in Austin, Texas, to better protect cyclists and pedestrians, the Austin Police Department last week recorded its 53rd traffic fatality and the second cyclist killed so far this year.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, the accident happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on the South Congress Avenue Bridge. Reports indicate the cyclist was in the far right southbound lane of the road when a black Ford Mustang, which was speeding as it traveled in the center southbound lane, passed a slower moving vehicle by moving into the right lane behind the cyclist. As the Mustang attempted to pass the other vehicle, he struck the cyclist and killed him before fleeing the scene.
Experts say more than 50 cyclists are killed each year in Texas Car Accidents, with more than 80 percent of automobile/bicycle crashes in Austin being caused by the motorist. To help prevent accidents like this from happening, the city has implemented regulations that require vehicles to allow cyclists a minimum of three feet of space while passing and is also currently developing bike lanes throughout the city that will be completely separated from motorized traffic.
The Austin Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers would like to send the condolences to the family of the victim and believe a better education on highway safety is the only way to curb the high number of bicycle accidents being