Details of the San Antonio Motorcycle Accident
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Aaron Lee Beaugard, 22, was traveling north on West Loop 1604 near Wiseman Boulevard when he collided with a Ford pickup truck.
A preliminary report suggested the truck was making a turnaround onto the highway and immediately moved into the right lane of traffic after exiting the turnaround to turn onto Northwest Vista College.
The impact caused Beaugard to be thrown from his motorcycle and hit a sign on the side of the highway, severing both of his legs.
Loop 1604 was temporarily shut down while crews worked to clear the scene. Police also shut down Wiseman road to clear space for the helicopter that transported Beaugard to the hospital.
Beaugard remains in critical condition at University Hospital.
National Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011.
- There were 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15-percent increase from 81,000 in 2011.
- Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were more than 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.