On Saturday night, a motorcyclist was struck and injured by an 18-year-old hit-and-run driver. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened just after 8:00 p.m. on Sheppard Access Road, near the Industrial Boulevard intersection. The motorcycle rider, 41-year-old James West, had to be flown to a Dallas area hospital for treatment of his injuries. Witnesses on the scene were able to lead law enforcement officers to the hit-and-run driver’s vehicle on Hirschi Street, where an apparently intoxicated 18-year-old Tanner Hutchins was arrested. He is now facing charges associated with the crash.
Motorcycle Wrecks in Texoma
Over the past few weeks, we’ve reported on several motorcycle wrecks across Texoma. In April, a multi-motorcycle wreck took the life of one rider and injured five others. The crash happened near Comanche and also involved a GMC Denali SUV. At the end of March, a drunk driver sent a female motorcycle rider to the hospital in Lawton. The driver involved was also in an SUV at the time of the wreck. The driver did not suffer from any injuries, but he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
U.S. Motorcycle Crash Statistics
- In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in crashes across the U.S.
- In 2012, 428 motorcyclists were killed in Texas collisions.
- Helmets are estimated to be 37-percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to riders.
- The NHTSA estimates that helmets saved 1,699 motorcycle riders’ lives in 2012.
After an Accident
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to somebody else’s negligent, careless or willfully dangerous behavior behind the wheel, you need to speak with an injury attorney. Recovering from a car or motorcycle accident can be a long and slow road. You could be out of work for an extended period of time with medical bills piling up. Whether you’ve been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the sooner you speak with a personal injury attorney, the better.
At this time, we don’t know the extent of James West’s injuries or his current condition, but we do know that he suffered from serious leg injuries. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes James West a full and swift recovery from his injuries.