AUSTIN (KXAN) — At least 11 motorcycle crashes have occurred in Austin over the past three days. Almost all resulted in serious injury and at least four were fatal, said Austin-Travis County EMS.
On average, one motorcyclist dies every day in an accident in Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation reported on its website.
That means Austin’s motorcyclist death rate in the past 72 hours is at least 1.3 times the normal rate for all of Texas.
Hunter Coleman, store manager at Austin City Powersports, said one of the reasons Austin is such a difficult environment for motorcyclists to navigate is the amount of traffic in the city.
“People always cut each other in traffic and, you know, in a car, you might be able to slow down and stuff like that, but if you’re on a bike, and you slow down, and somebody If you finish you from behind, it’s much more serious. He said. “You don’t have a cage to protect yourself.”
Hunter said motorcycle sales have been strong over the past six months at Austin City Powersports, and the new generation is expressing more interest in motorcycles than before.
“I do not see [the rise of motorcycles in Austin] slow down anytime soon, but again, Austin isn’t going to slow down anytime soon,” he said. “The more cars are going to be there, the more motorcycles are going to be there. The road network is going to get crazier and crazier.