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TX accident lawyerLast week, a 30-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident on Loop 410 after two motorcycles made contact with each other. The accident also led to a semi-truck rollover, road closure, and significant injuries to the other motorcyclist involved. Law enforcement states that at the time of the crash, the two motorcyclists were racing and that the surviving motorcyclist will be charged with the criminal offense of racing on the highway leading to death. An accident such as this highlights the potentially severe consequences of a motorcycle crash.

Factors that Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that excessive speed is an especially common factor in fatal motorcycle accidents when compared to accidents involving other types of motor vehicles. Certainly, not every speeding motorcyclist is explicitly engaged in street racing, but traveling above the posted speed limit or operating at a speed that is unsafe for the current road conditions can be plenty dangerous on their own.

While it is unclear if alcohol was involved in the recent Loop 410 accident, it is another common factor in motorcycle crashes throughout the U.S. According to the NHTSA, more than one-quarter of all motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents have a blood alcohol concentration above the typical legal limit of 0.08. Alcohol impairment is even more common in motorcycle crashes that occur at night.

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TX accident lawyerIn recent weeks, one San Antonio motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving erratic driving, and another died after laying his bike down in an attempt to avoid a collision. These deaths are part of a larger pattern in Texas, where over 400 motorcyclists lost their lives and over 1,800 were seriously injured in crashes in 2019. It is important for motorcyclists throughout the state to take all reasonable safety precautions to avoid injury or death and to know where to find help if they have been injured.

Reducing Risk of Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcyclists can take their safety into their own hands by taking important precautions. Some of the best ways to reduce injury risk include:

  • Wearing a helmet: While helmets are not always effective at preventing injuries or saving lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that they saved more than 1,800 lives in 2017.
  • Wearing visible clothing: Many motorcycle accidents happen at night or because another driver fails to see the motorcycle. Bright or reflective clothing can make you more noticeable.
  • Following traffic laws: Driving defensively and at safe speeds can help you avoid a crash, as can making sure that you never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Practicing in safe conditions: Riding a motorcycle is a skill that takes time to acquire. You should make sure you are fully confident in your abilities before driving in high traffic environments or adverse road conditions.

What to Do After an Accident

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, prompt medical attention can help to save your life and create a record of your injuries, and an attorney can help you gather evidence of another driver’s negligence to start building your case for compensation. Speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving on the part of other drivers are all common causes of accidents involving motorcyclists, and all of these can justify a personal injury lawsuit.

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TX injury lawyerRecently, a father and son were killed in San Antonio after a motorcycle crash. Both were thrown from their vehicle after they missed a curve and struck a concrete wall. Law enforcement had very little information about the cause of the accident, though speeding appears to have played a role. If you are unfortunate enough to lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know that you have options in terms of seeking compensation.

Single-Vehicle Accidents Can Be Caused By Someone Else

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have been in a single-vehicle accident is that another person may have played a role in the crash occurring. A single-vehicle crash is one where the damage is confined to a single-vehicle - not a crash in which only one vehicle played a role. Depending on the specific situation you find yourself in, it is very possible that another driver or an outside actor might be held liable for your injuries.

Some of the most common instances where you might not be liable (or might only be partially liable) for your accident include if your vehicle malfunctions, or if you have to take evasive action to avoid another vehicle - for example, if someone swerves into your lane and you need to quickly swerve away to avoid an accident. In some cases, the government may have maintained a road so poorly that it played a role in your accident - though filing suit against a governmental entity does raise sovereign immunity issues. Either way, these events may mean you can hold another person liable for your injuries.

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TX accident lawyerOn a recent Sunday, a motorcycle and a vehicle collided near the intersection of West Howard Lane and the North I-35 service road. One person was declared a “trauma alert” and transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center with “potentially serious” injuries, though no other information is currently available. While law enforcement did not specify who the ‘trauma alert’ was, it is reasonable to deduce that it was the motorcyclist, given the immensely higher likelihood for motorcyclists to be injured and killed in this type of accident. If you are a motorcyclist and have been injured in an accident with a car, you may be able to file suit to try and recover compensation for the harm you have suffered.

Motorcycling Can Be Dangerous

Motorcyclists are at a serious disadvantage when struck by cars, simply due to size and weight. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more likely to die than passenger vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. There is simply less protection available to a motorcycle rider - who usually just has the clothing they wear, and a helmet if they so choose - than there is to a vehicle driver or passenger sitting behind sheets of metal and glass.

 The underlying causes of many motorcycle-vehicle accidents are attributable to a host of different factors, most of which affect motorcyclists and car drivers about equally. Speeding, ignoring stop signs and red lights, and other types of negligence may happen to any driver, but only motorcyclists are adversely affected by issues such as size and visibility, and many car drivers have real problems effectively sharing the road with motorcyclists.

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TX injury lawyerA man riding a stolen motorcycle was killed recently when the motorcycle hit a barricade near the 8000 block of Research Boulevard. The rider lost control and slammed into the barricade dividing the lanes of traffic, causing him to be thrown to the ground, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. While the likelihood of motorcyclists being killed in accidents is far higher than it is for auto drivers or passengers, it is certainly not always a motorcyclist’s fault when a wreck occurs. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be lucky to be alive - but if you were harmed due to someone’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

Danger Is Elevated

The most recent available data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in road crashes in 2018, and the likelihood of a motorcyclist dying in a motor vehicle crash is approximately 28 times greater than that of automobile occupants. This may sound absurd, but given the relative lack of protection cyclists have compared to auto drivers and passengers, the speeds at which many crashes occur, and the general lack of attention that motorcyclists receive from non-motorcyclists on the road, these and other factors do add up.

Motorcyclists do need to exercise good judgment on the road and ensure that they always ride sober and alert. However, car and truck drivers must also be certain to check their blind spots, be aware of potential lane splitting (illegal in Texas, but still common), and otherwise observe the general rules of the road. If you are injured, it will be up to a jury to decide who is negligent, but if you are able to act with the care that a reasonable person would exercise, it will be difficult for anyone to allege that you acted inappropriately.

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