Austin—Scooter Rider Seriously Injured on Interstate 35
Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 9:19 pm
A late evening collision on Interstate 35 sent one person to a hospital, according to a police news release.
At around 1:00 a.m., the Austin Police Department responded to a major accident on I-35 near Sixth Street. Based on a preliminary investigation, a man riding a scooter was heading north on the southbound lanes of the highway when he was struck by a vehicle. The impact of the collision left the rider with serious injuries. He was rushed to Dell Seton Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Austin/Travis County EMS said the victim was identified only as a man in his 20s. They did not confirm if he was riding a Bird, Lime, Lyft, or Razor dockless electric scooter. The suspect driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. He also had a passenger, a customer, in the vehicle when the collision took place.
The investigation is still in progress.
We are deeply saddened for the family and loved ones of the injured victim. Our prayers and thoughts are with them. We strongly believe that the Austin Police Department will do everything to bring those responsible to justice.
Texas is among the states in the US that have the most car accidents which involved injuries and fatalities every year. Some of the common factors contributing to the rising cases of collisions in the area include the worsening traffic situation, weather conditions, and poor driving habits.
Bad driving habits are the greatest cause of a fatal crash. It can be lethal to the person behind the wheel, as well as the drivers on the road. Drivers who do not use their signal to change lanes or those who do not secure their blind spots before shifting direction are more likely to be involved in an accident. Some of the most dangerous driving habits include speeding, unsafe lane change, tailgating, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you or someone you love has been a victim of a car accident with a negligent driver, you have a right to fair compensation for the trauma you experienced and the injuries you have suffered.