Motorcyclist Killed in Tragic Accident on the Far West Side

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Motorcyclist Struck by Sedan, Killed in Accident on the Far West Side

According to a KSAT News report, a motorcyclist was killed in an accident on the Far West Side this week.

Police reported the accident occurred at around 7:15 p.m. on the 8300 block of Potranco Road, near West Military Drive and Highway 15. A 22-year-old motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed heading eastbound. A gray Chevy Impala was traveling westbound and attempted to make a turn in front of the cyclist. The motorcyclist struck the side of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The sedan remained at the scene, and the driver is not currently facing any charges. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Did You Know?

Fatal accidents historically increase during solar eclipse events.

Driver and Motorcyclist Safety Tips During the Solar Eclipse

The total eclipse is gearing up to be an exciting event for San Antonio and Austin, drawing millions of viewers. However, all of those people mean more traffic and more opportunities to get in an accident.

If you’re planning on traveling during the next few days via car or motorcycle, there’s a few things you need to know in order to keep yourself and other drivers safe.

Driver Safety Tips During the Eclipse

Drivers will face unique challenges during the eclipse. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Prepare for Delays — Heavy traffic is expected over the weekend and during the event. Prepare for delays and watch for sudden stops.
  • Watch for Pedestrians — Pedestrians will be numerous and distracted. Stay vigilant while driving through areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Don’t Park in the Shoulder — If you’ll be on the road but want to view the eclipse, pull off of the highway and into a parking lot. Do not park on the shoulder.
  • Use Headlights — It’s going to get really dark, and it will be difficult to see. Use your headlights to increase visibility.

And, most importantly, don’t drive distracted. Don’t try to capture the eclipse while driving.

Motorcycle Safety Tips During the Eclipse

Motorcyclists should be extremely cautious while riding during the eclipse. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Watch for Debris — Litter famously increases during large tourist events — watch for debris in the road.
  • Drivers Will Be Distracted — Leave extra following distance, and make sure drivers can see you before passing.
  • Use Headlights/High Visibility Clothing — Visibility will decrease during the event. Make yourself visible by wearing appropriate gear and using your headlights.

Motorcycle visors are not safe to use for viewing the eclipse. Don’t try to look at or capture the eclipse while riding.

Your first priority during this event is your safety and the safety of those around you. Following these tips significantly reduces the risk of being in an accident during the event.

Injured in an Auto Accident During the Eclipse? Call Carabin Shaw.

You can do everything right and still be injured by a careless driver.  If you’re hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault during the eclipse, you could be entitled to damages like:

  • Ambulance Costs,
  • Medical Bills,
  • Pain and Suffering,
  • Property Damage,
  • Wrongful Death,
  • and more.

We can help you find out for free.

Carabin Shaw has represented those injured by careless drivers across Texas for over 30 years. If you’re hurt in an accident, call us at 800-862-1260 or use the live chat to get started. We’re a trusted name in San Antonio because we put our clients first. We look forward to serving you.

Contacting a Carabin Shaw attorney is free and does not obligate you to work with the firm.

¹KSAT News

²TxDOT Resources

³Fatal Accident Uptick Data

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