Houston — Motorcyclist Dead After Road-Rage Incident Turns Deadly
Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 9:08 pm by Williams Hart
A motorcyclist was killed in a traffic accident that occurred in west Houston, Texas on Monday, April 15, 2019, after a road-rage accident turned deadly.
According to the Houston Police Department, the 33-year-old female motorcyclist was splitting lanes – which was illegal in Texas — on Voss Road and Westheimer Road when she struck two vehicles. The woman then drove her motorcycle away from the scene of the initial crash while the two drivers of the vehicles she struck pulled over to a parking lot to call the police.
However, a short time later, the motorcyclist drove past the initial crash scene again, and one of the drivers of the struck vehicles, Julivan Do Tran, chased her in her Honda. Nearing Westheimer and Voss, they stopped, and the passenger of the Honda got out of the car in an attempt to make the motorcycle stop. However, the motorcycle just drove around the passenger. And so, Tran continued to pursue the motorcycle.
Around the area of San Felipe Street and South Voss Road, the motorcycle lost control and slid into a wall, followed immediately by the Honda. The Honda then struck the motorcycle and its driver as she fell off, which effectively killed her.
After the initial investigation, Julivan Do Tran was charged with manslaughter. Police have determined that this incident was just another case of road rage.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified motorcyclist. Alas, she is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
Motorcycle accidents, a type of vehicular accident, are common despite the fact that motorcycles are initially believed to be far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. In 2016, the NHTSA reported that 5,286 people died in motorcycle accidents. In the same year as well, it is reported that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
Vehicular accidents, especially those involving motorcycles, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in motorcycle accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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