San Antonio — Motorcyclist Dead After Hit-And-Run Accident on U.S. Route 281
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 8:23 pm by Williams Hart
On the evening of Saturday, August 10, 2019, a motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident that occurred in San Antonio, Texas.
According to initial reports, a brown, early 200s model Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling along the U.S. Route 281, near Mission Grande, when all of a sudden, it veered on the right shoulder and struck what appeared to be a really big pothole. It turned out that in this collision, the pickup struck a motorcycle, and the motorcycle’s operator, 50-year-old Gilberto Plaza, was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the collision, the pickup truck continued southbound and failed to stop and render aid. However, the driver, 26-year-old Jose Martinez-Cervantez, was eventually found and arrested.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Gilberto Plaza. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In 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.
Additionally, another particular kind of vehicular accident that is quite common and deadly is a hit-and-run. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, there were 2,049 hit-and-run deaths that occurred in 2016. This number is the highest annual total on record, and in the decade leading up to that number, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happened each year.
Vehicular accidents, especially motorcycle accidents and hit-and-run accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in motorcycle accidents/hit-and-run 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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