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Officer Involved In Austin Motorcycle Crash

Motorcycles hit by cars are among the deadliest collisions on the road. That proved true for a veteran Austin policeman on September 1, 2016. He was fatally injured when a car cutthrough the funeral procession he was escortingand slammed into him after making an illegal turn.

The former Marine died four days after the accident, leaving Austin to mourn his loss. Officer Abdul-Khaliq was the 46-year old father of five and a 17-year veteran of the Austin Police Department.

It’s rare for a police officer to die in a motorcycle accident. They are highly trained riders.Only 67 officers were killed in motorcycle accidents between 2006 and 2015, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Traffic deaths, including motorcycle deaths, going up

But it’s not rare for the average motorcycle rider to get hurt or killed on the road today. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there was an 8% increase in motorcycle deaths in 2015.

It’s part of a recent shocking report from NHTSA“…showing traffic deaths rising across nearly every segment of the population in 2015, ending five decades of declining traffic deaths from all causes.

This fact from Consumer Reports is another eye-opener.  For the first time, since “…pre-recession 2008 – and only the third time in history – more than 5,000 motorcyclists” were killed in 2015. The magazine puts part of the blame for the spike in motorcycle deaths on fewer state helmet laws, lack of skill and training among older and new bikers and those who ride “under the influence.”

What causes most motorcycle accidents?

According to a study in 2013“…60 percent of the time motorists in other vehicles are at fault” when there’s an accident with a motorcycle.The most common accident occurs when the driver of a car turns left in front of a rider.

The most vulnerable motorcycle riders are 40 years old or older.

If you are an older rider, your age group accounted for “…54 percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2014 compared to 47 percent in 2005.” Records compiled between 1998 and 2007, show injuries among riders 50 to 59 years old increased 150 percent and went up 300% in riders over the age of 60.

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