Two people were thrown from a motorcycle in mid-August, and airlifted to a San Antonio hospital, according to KGNB.am News. The man and woman on the bike hit a pickup truck on Seguin Avenue on a Saturday afternoon, almost directly in front of the New Braunfels Police Department headquarters, according to KGNB radio. They were initially treated by New Braunfels EMS for injuries sustained in the accident that occurred when “a truck pulled out from a nearby side street.” The motorcycle struck the truck, not the other way around.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Motorcycleaccident.org, “motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.” Not surprisingly, head injuries are the leading cause of death in a motorcycle accident, and a rider who does not a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die than one who does.
Interestingly, nearly half of all accidents involving a motorcycle happen because the motorcycle can presumably be in a car’s blind spot at any given moment. According to a 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report, “42 percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle.” The recent New Braunfels motorcycle crash is not one of the highest statistically probable motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle registrations continue to increase, although motorcycle accident rates have stayed relatively the same. This is good news for anyone interested in riding a bike, though all riders should be aware of the increased risk. If you or someone you know has been wrongly injured in a motorcycle crash because of the negligence of the other driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels injury attorney at the Bettersworth Law Firm today. Our lawyers in Texas practice personal injury law, as well as wrongful death.