A motorcycle rider was tragically killed in an accident Wednesday night in Dallas. The accident occurred on Northwest   Highwayat Pickwick Lanewhen a female driving a Hyundai turned east onto Northwest   Highwayand hit a motorcycle that was driving westbound on Northwest Highway. The motorcyclist, who was about to celebrate his 24th birthday, was speeding. He died at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai suffered only minor injuries.

Speeding on a motorcycle poses serious risks, primarily to the motorcyclist, but also to other drivers on the road. In 2010, 4,502 people were killed in theU.S.in accidents involving motorcycles. An additional 82,000 were injured. Among fatal accidents, approximately 35% of those bikers were speeding. That means almost 1,600 people in theU.S.died because they were speeding on a motorcycle. In addition, 27 percent of motorcyclists in non-fatal accidents had prior speeding convictions. Speeding is an especially big problem with motorcyclists under the age of 30.

Drinking and driving can be a contributing factor – when people drink, they can lose their inhibitions and do something they might not normally do. About 28 percent of all motorcyclists in fatal accidents have blood alcohol concentrations over the legal limit.

It’s always tragic when a young person loses his or her life because of an avoidable accident, such as this motorcycle wreck. If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck with a motorcycle, call theDallaspersonal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will advise you on the best course of action to take.