Motorcycle accidents are a prevalent problem in Texas, resulting in hundreds of injuries and deaths each year. Motorcycles provide the driver with little physical protection during accidents compared to cars and other vehicles, so when there is a collision involving a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is likely to be injured.
While there are numerous reasons for motorcycle accidents, most are caused by negligence and could have been avoided. Because of the increasing popularity of motorcycles and scooters in Texas, coupled with an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has “amped” its efforts to improve motorcycle safety.
Data from the TXDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demonstrates the magnitude of the problem of motorcycle accidents in Texas, as well as factors that contribute to the problem.
- In 2012, 10,391 motorcyclists were involved in accidents.
- In 2012, 6,131 motorcyclists were seriously injured in motorcycle collisions.
- 45-50% of motorcyclists injured or killed in accidents were wearing helmets.
- For each of the past 5 years, the number of motorcycle accident fatalities has increased.
- 16% all vehicle fatalities in Texas involve motorcyclists. 1
- In 2013 there were 494 fatal motorcycle accidents while in 2012 there were only 470 and in 2010 there were 435.
- 31% of motorcycle accidents in Texas occur in rural areas, while 69% occur in urban areas.
- In 2013, most motorcycle accidents occurred in Houston, followed by San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Corpus Christi.
- Motorcyclists are 25 times more likely than passengers in cars to be killed in an accident, and they are five times more likely to be injured.
At Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our motorcycle accident lawyer will treat you more than “just another statistic”. Our experienced staff is dedicated to putting our clients’ lives back on track after facing the challenge of an accident.
Motorcycles vs. Cars
Some accidents are the fault of the motorcyclist, while for others another driver or pedestrian is at fault. Negligence was involved in the vast majority of accidents as they involved either speeding or alcohol use. When a car or other motor vehicle is involved in an accident with a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist is likely to be seriously injured.
The sheer difference in weight and size of the vehicles put the motorcyclist at a disadvantage. The average motorcycle weighs 700 pounds while the average weight of a car is 4000 pounds, 8500 pounds for an SUV, 7500 pounds for a truck and 85,000 pounds for an 18-wheeler.
We Can Help You
If a motorcyclist is injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, the motorcyclist can recover compensation for losses that result through a personal injury lawsuit. Compensable losses include property loss, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Furthermore, if a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, family members may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact a Texas motorcycle accident attorney at Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., who will review the facts of your case and represent you through this difficult period.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced South Texas lawyer regarding a motorcycle accident injury or death, please contact us first!
- 1Texas A&M Transportation Institute, //tti.tamu.edu/2012/09/01/safety-experts-focus-on-motorcycle-fatalities/