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Bike helmets can save your child's life here in Austin

A study published by Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Injury Research and Policy in 2018 shows that over 2.2 million kids ranging in age from 5 to 17 were seen in emergency rooms (ER) in the U.S. in between 2006 and 2015. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) data shows that many of those kids were seen in the ER after getting hurt while out riding their bikes.

NEISS data show that the rates of bicycle-related crashes declined by as much as 30% during the 10 years between 2006 and 2015. Even still, those same statistics show that as many as 600 kids required medical attention each day during that decade-long period.

Deadly New Hampshire motorcycle crash has ties to Texas

Motorcyclists and veterans around the nation were grieving one of the deadliest motorcycle wrecks in recent history after a pickup truck crashed into a convoy of bikers in New Hampshire, killing seven and injuring others. The riders, men and women alike, were all members of a motorcycle club called the Marine Jarheads MC.

In the aftermath of the accident, it was discovered that the 23-year-old Massachusetts truck driver who plowed into the bikers after he crossed a double-yellow highway line in a rural area had a "long list of traffic infractions." In addition to a drunk driving charge in 2013 when he was still a teenager, he was arrested once in February in Texas after police found him in possession of a crack pipe. He later flipped his truck in Texas in June while allegedly attempting to swerve around another car.

Is orange the best color to wear when biking?

One of the best ways to stay safe on your bike is to wear a bright color that stands out against the black and gray of the road. Maybe bikes and helmets are black, so you can really blend in if you choose the wrong apparel.

When looking for the brightest options, many people settle on orange. There's a reason that orange is often worn during hunting season in Texas, after all. It's a very noticeable color that stands out in most light conditions.

Why a motorcycle 'comes out of nowhere'

One of the most common things that drivers say after they hit a motorcycle is that the bike "came out of nowhere." They then assume that the rider must have broken the speed limit and caused the accident. They can't understand how anything but speeding would have made them miss the bike.

The reality, though, is that the size difference plays a big role. Drivers are used to looking for other cars. A motorcycle may be 10% of the size of a truck. As such, the bike looks farther away than it actually is. It covers the distance faster than the driver expects not because the biker is speeding, but because the driver is simply wrong about how much distance there is.

Drive safely around bikes

Biking is seeing a renaissance: It’s healthy, ecofriendly and a fun way to get around. With Austin ranked by Bicycling.com as one of the “Best Bike Cities in America,” it’s no surprise we’re seeing more bicycles on the road than ever before. With the increase in bike traffic, it’s important that we as motorists remember to share the road safely.

Though you may feel confident driving around bicycles, it’s good to keep the following tips in mind to make sure everyone gets home safely.

Why do we forget traumatic events?

You get into a car accident, but you have no idea what happened. You only know you were in a car accident because they tell you about it at the hospital. Your family members even come in and show you pictures of your car, which was completely destroyed in the wreck. They tell you that you're lucky to be alive.

But why can't you remember it? You do remember getting into the car and backing out of your driveway, but there's nothing after that. What happened?

Man hits and kills teen sisters, then runs from the scene

A man in Texas allegedly hit and killed two teen girls, who were sisters, and then apparently tried to flee from the scene.

The accident happened on Saturday, April 27, at about 9:20 p.m. The girls were riding with three others in a Honda sedan. When they reached the intersection where the access road for northbound I-35 meets Windy Hill Road, a man in a Dodge pickup truck hit their car.

Why are they blocking traffic?

When you are in a hurry to get somewhere, little is more of an inconvenience than another vehicle blocking your way. And if you aren’t careful, you may find yourself getting irritated without considering what happened or whether everyone’s alright.

In some instances, you might feel as though you should stop and offer to help. However, unless there is a place for you to pull over out of harm’s way, it might be better to get to a safe place where you can stop and call for help on their behalf. Despite the potential setback a stopped vehicle may cause you, there are many reasons why a driver might turn on their hazard lights.

Drivers, cyclists and the risk of the mild inconvenience

Drivers and cyclists have a complicated and difficult relationship. Often, the two groups really do not like each other all that much. The resentment that drivers feel for cyclists is often what leads to accidents, and it's safe to say that cyclists get hurt in these crashes far more often than drivers.

One big issue is that drivers often take offense to what is really no more than a mild inconvenience. For instance, one rider said that drivers would cut him off on his bike if it helped them get to their destination just a few seconds faster. They'd tailgate and honk their horns if he was riding slower than they wanted to drive, even if rushing ahead just meant waiting for longer at the next red light.

3 siblings and their friend die in a single accident

There has been some tragic news out of Texas lately, as three siblings all passed away in the same car accident, along with one of their friends. It appears that the group was all heading to a dance competition together when they got involved in the crash. Another sibling was a part of that competition, and they were simply going to watch.

Reports indicate that the three children were 17 years old, 15 years old and 12 years old. Their family friend was older than them, at 19 years old. All were traveling in the same car.

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