San Antonio police suspect that excessive speed was a factor that contributed to a head-on collision between a car and a motorcycle on May 1. The motorcycle driver was killed and two occupants of the car were seriously injured in the crash, police said. The fatal accident took place along the 2500 block of East Southcross Boulevard at approximately 10:45 p.m.
According to police, a car was traveling at a high rate of speed on the boulevard when its driver lost control after encountering a dip in the road. The car then strayed across the centerline and into oncoming traffic, where it struck a motorcycle head-on, police reported. The car subsequently collided with a utility pole.
Authorities said the motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and the car’s two occupants were trapped inside their vehicle. Authorities pronounced the motorcycle rider dead at the scene. Firefighters used cutting tools to extricate the car’s two occupants, both of whom were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center with critical injuries. Police said that the investigation into the accident is ongoing but that the driver may face charges in the incident.
Motorcycle riders and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to the actions of negligent or reckless motorists. When the injuries they suffer in accidents turn out to be fatal, their loved ones may be entitled to pursue civil action against the parties at fault. Through a wrongful death claim, the families of these victims may seek compensation for any medical expenses and funeral costs related to the fatal accident, as well as for lost wages if the victim had been contributing to the household income prior to the accident. A personal injury attorney may help such families obtain a successful outcome in wrongful deaths suits.
Source: KSAT, “Motorcyclist killed in violent head-on crash”, Jenna Hiller, May 02, 2014