Police in Grand Prairie are looking for the driver of a van involved in a fatal accident with a motorcycle late Friday night. Investigators said the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed just before 11 p.m. when it collided with the van in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Highway 161. The driver of the cycle thrown off the bike, struck by another car and killed.
The driver of the van did not stop. Witnesses said it was an older model Dodge Ram with significant damage to the rear and a broken window on the right side. The first character on the van’s license plate is believed to be a “T” or an “F.”
A man, a woman and a teenage boy were said to be in the van. The identity of the dead motorcyclist was not released.
Every time i read about a fellow motorcyclist dying as the result of being hit in an accident, it makes me more resolved to carry the message that all motorcycle riders need t0 be extra vigilant when traveling on the road, and especially at night. Every time you get on your bike you must be on the lookout for the driver who isn’t looking for you.
To reduce the possibility of being involved in a motorcycle accident than can cause serious personal injuries, the riders may follow these tips:
- Be courteous and respectful to other motorist who uses the roads
- Never tailgate you ride too close to another biker or automobile
- Avoid riding a motorcycle when you are under the influence of liquor
- Do not ride between slow moving vehicles
- Don’t split lanes, even in California where is is legal!
- Recognize and follow the traffic rules and ordinances
- Utilize signals whenever necessary
- Be cautious entering intersections, and roads with multiple turning lanes or odd angled streets
- Always check the side mirrors for possible upcoming vehicles
- Be watchful on road hazards and defects as well as traffic problems ahead
- Always be on the road position where the other motorists clearly see you
- Maintain a safe speed that you are most comfortable of and with consistency to your driving capability and road conditions
- Always keep your motorcycle in good operating condition, especially the brakes
- Always wear your protective gears such as a helmet, jackets, proper footwear and gloves
Remember to always ride safe and take a proactive stance when on congested highways and roads!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident call 1-800-4-BIKERS to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can discuss your case with you and help you file your insurance claim, to get your motorcycle fixed, money for your medical bills and your pain and suffering.