The nationwide popularity of motorcycles has led to the formation of many clubs dedicated to exploring rural areas on motorcycles. Such clubs hold several meetings or rallies throughout the year. Even now, during the time of the coronavirus pandemic, clubs hold meetings throughout Texas. A recent meeting of one such club near Austin led to a tragic accident in which three members of the club were killed.
The club calls itself the “Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club” and is composed of active and retired law enforcement officers. It was meeting in Bandera, Texas for its annual foundation meeting. On Saturday morning, July 18, several members decided to take a leisurely trip into the hill country to celebrate the club’s birthday and with the intention of stopping at Kerrville for lunch. As they began their journey back to Bandera after lunch, a car headed in the opposite direction on Highway 16 crossed the centerline on the two-lane road and crashed head-on into several cycles.
Three club members were killed in the crash, and four others were hospitalized in critical condition. According to police, the driver who caused the accident was arrested on four counts of intoxicated manslaughter and six counts of intoxication assault.
Many of the victims left families behind, who have individual claims against the driver for serious injuries, including lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The investigators need information to recreate the sequence of events using reconstruction techniques. Anyone with information regarding the sequence of events is encouraged to contact Batrice Law Firm, or the Kerr County Sherriff’s Department as soon as possible.
Motorcycle crashes have specialized facts and evidence that are different than a typical car crash case, and many law firms do not routinely handle motorcycle cases. Batrice Law Firm has extensive experience in motorcycle crashes, which too often, result in death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSHA) reported that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than other motorists. Please contact our team of experienced personal injury attorneys to assist the victims and their families in this tragedy, and any others.