Motorcyclist Dies in Hit and Run Accident in Houston

- Charles Argento

A young man from Houston is dead after a pick-up truck hit him head-on and then left the scene of the crash.

25-year-old Jose Portillo was riding his motorcycle just after midnight on a Friday in late April 2017. While heading east on Westheimer, a gray Toyota Tacoma pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction crossed over the centerline and into Portillo’s lane.

The pickup truck hit the motorcycle which left Portillo fatally injured. The driver of the truck, David Legate, had fled the scene of the crash but one month later was arrested and charged.

Why Riding a Motorcycle Can Be Risky

Riding a motorcycle can be a lot more dangerous than operating a passenger vehicle or a pickup truck due to a number of unique risk factors:

  • Motorcycles are less visible to cars
  • Motorcycles are significantly less stable
  • Operating a motorcycle requires more skill than operating a passenger vehicle
  • Road hazards that have little effect on a passenger vehicle (i.e. uneven road surfaces, wet pavement, debris, etc.) can cause a motorcycle to slip and crash
  • Riders may engage in higher risk behaviors (particularly if driving a sport or supersport bike)

What to Do If You Are Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, the actions you take immediately and shortly after the accident can have a major impact on your claim.

  1. Take notes as soon as you are able. Note the weather, time of day, people present, and all other details you feel are important
  2. Take pictures of the crash scene and your injuries. If you do not have a camera on you, ask a witness to take pictures and send them to you
  3. Obtain witnesses. Ask for the name, address, and phone numbers of all individuals who witnessed the accident
  4. Document all injuries and losses. Report your injuries to your medical provider and keep track of medications, treatments, loss of sleep, and other issues which may arise because of the accident

Get Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

Charles J. Argento & Associates has helped motorcycle crash victims obtain maximum compensation for their injuries in the Houston area for over 30 years. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash that was the result of another’s negligence, and want to learn more about your legal options, schedule a free consultation with Charles J. Argento today by calling (713) 225-5050.