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TX crash attorneyA front-end crash between an SUV and a motorcyclist has left one man dead and one woman with “potentially life-threatening” injuries. The driver of the SUV was attempting to avoid hitting a vehicle that suddenly stopped in front of him on East Oltorf, and instead swung into traffic, striking the motorcyclist. The young man was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries, while the woman’s condition is unknown as of this writing. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon in accidents involving motorcyclists, as they have so much less protection to rely on in the event of a crash. If you have been injured in a crash with an automobile, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Motorcyclists Are at Greater Risk

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that motorcyclists are roughly 28 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than automobile drivers or passengers. In Texas, fatal crashes involving motorcyclists made up approximately 10 percent of the total, even though motorcyclists only make up around 5 percent of drivers at any one time. There are multiple reasons for this, and very often, the fault does not lie with the motorcyclist.

Causes for motorcycle crashes are legion, but many of them revolve around inattention or ignorance on the part of an automobile driver. For example, one of the most common fact patterns in motorcycle accidents is for an automobile driver to turn left, not seeing the motorcycle in their blind spot. Another common scenario is being unaware of a motorcyclist’s presence at all, whether due to cycles’ small sizes or to another type of carelessness.

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TX injury lawyerJust after midnight going into May 22, a motorcyclist was injured when he was struck by a vehicle heading westbound on Loop 410. While the driver appeared to be uninjured, the motorcyclist required hospitalization. As of this writing, nothing is known about his present condition, but San Antonio law enforcement stated that fault for the crash was unclear. Unless a determination is later made that the motorcyclist was predominantly at fault, they would do well to bring suit against the vehicle that struck them, because too many drivers are not held accountable for their carelessness in such accidents, and motorcyclists’ injuries can be extremely severe.

Fatality Rates Are High

2017 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that approximately 5,200 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes nationwide, which represents a 3 percent drop from the previous year. The same data estimates that motorcyclists are a whopping 28 times more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents than passenger car occupants. They make up approximately 14 percent of all road deaths, even though motorcyclists are only around 3 percent of those on the road at any given time.

There are multiple reasons for these trends. Some of them do have to do with rider negligence - the NHTSA estimates that almost 30 percent of cyclists killed in traffic crashes were under the influence of alcohol at the time of their crash. Others are more the fault of automobile drivers - for example, one of the most common crash patterns is when a car will try to turn left, having failed to check their blind spots for motorcyclists. Lack of awareness among automobile drivers is a major cause of motorcycle crashes.

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TX injury lawyerA crash on TX 130 near Lockhart has claimed one life and injured several others, with one person being hospitalized. As of this writing, details are scant, but apparently, several motorcycles came into contact with an 18-wheeler, crashing and completely shutting down the northbound lanes for several hours. Unfortunately, one motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, which is all too common in accidents involving one larger vehicle and one or more cycles. If you are a motorcyclist, you need to be well aware of the potential dangers facing you, and of what options you have if you are injured.

Motorcyclists Disproportionately Die on the Roads

Statistics show that motorcyclists are vastly overrepresented in road fatalities, dying in crashes almost 28 times more often than automobile drivers and passengers. While there has been a general downturn in motorcyclist injuries and fatalities, there were still approximately 5,000 cyclist deaths due to road accidents in 2017. There are several reasons for this disproportionality, and while some are the fault of cyclists themselves, many are not.

Driver distraction is a major cause of injury and death for motorcyclists, especially in rural areas. One common scenario is turning too far and failing to see a cycle in your blind spot. Another is neglecting to notice a motorcycle in the lane opposite yours, and merging too quickly. Alcohol and drug abuse is another factor in many accidents, though both cyclists and drivers are guilty of operating a motor vehicle under the influence to varying degrees. Either way, no one deserves to die as a result of negligence.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_motorcycle-crash_20190215-224805_1.jpgRecently, a man on a motorcycle ran a red light going north on South General McMullen Drive and then promptly collided with a dark-colored pickup truck. The motorcyclist was taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. While this accident appears to have occurred due to the motorcyclist’s reckless driving, sometimes a motorcyclist can sustain grievous injuries in an accident that is no fault of their own. If you have been in a motorcycle crash and been harmed due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation that can help cover your medical bills.

Motorcyclists Are In Danger on the Open Road

While statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a drop in the number of motorcyclist fatalities between 2016-2017 (the most recent available data), the number of motorcycle riders killed in accidents in 2017 is still over 5,000 people. This number is proportionally higher than the number of auto passengers killed in crashes - stats estimate that motorcyclists are a whopping 28 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger car occupant, primarily because motorcyclists simply do not have as much protection between them and the road.

There are, unfortunately, trends that show some motorcyclists add to their own danger on the road. Many do not wear helmets (Texas does not require them for those over 21, but data has shown their ability to save lives), or speed recklessly. Another disturbing trend that also contributes to motorcyclist fatalities is alcohol usage. The NHTSA found that approximately one-fourth of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes showed signs of being ‘alcohol-impaired’ - as one might imagine, driving any type of vehicle while intoxicated will cause one’s risk for an accident to skyrocket.

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TX injury lawyerBecause of Texas’ routinely mild weather, there is almost no dip in the number of motorcycles on the road during the winter. However, many drivers operate their vehicles as though they think there should be, which can make the road more dangerous both for cyclists and for auto drivers alike. If you have been in an accident with a motorcyclist, it is important to accurately reflect on whose behavior might be to blame, and to what degree you might be precluded from seeking compensation for your injuries.

Motorcyclists in Greater Danger on The Road

Because of a lack of protection between them and the road, motorcyclists are much more likely to be injured or killed in an accident, especially on a major road or freeway. Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimate around 500 motorcyclists killed in 2017. While the TxDOT statistics explicitly mention that just over half (52 percent) were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident, this is only one factor in the elevated fatality risk for cyclists.

Statistics and anecdotal data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) preach the need for motorcycle awareness, both in the abstract and quite literally. Motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars and trucks, and very often they are painted dark colors - both of which can make a motorcyclist all but invisible even in good weather. Even when they are visible to the eye, however, many drivers simply do not factor them into their calculations while driving - for example, when to turn, how wide to turn, how close or distant to follow, and so on. This type of neglect can lead to accidents and fatalities for all involved.

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