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Texas accident lawyerA motorcyclist was left in critical condition after being hit by a car on March 19 in South Austin. While no definitive cause has been stated for the accident, the scene indicated that the driver did not see the motorcyclist coming and struck him from the side. As of this writing no charges have been filed, but it is important to remember that all drivers should be especially alert for motorcyclists on Texas roads, with a failure to do so having serious consequences.

Motorcycle Accidents Happen Frequently

Texas is a state that loves its motorcycles, and with a higher number of riders comes a higher number of accidents. Data from the Texas Department of Transportation shows nearly 500 motorcyclists killed in 2015, while only California and Florida had comparable numbers in that year - the next highest number was almost 300 fewer, in South Carolina. While laws about helmet use and other safety measures may affect fatality numbers, issues such as visibility or speed do not have such easy fixes as others.

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Texas accident lawyerTuesday, December 12, 2017, was a deadly day on Highway 183, as a motorcyclist was struck by what appeared to be a truck from behind. Instead of throwing the man to the ground, the force of the collision propelled the motorcyclist over the side of the overpass, dropping approximately 50 feet to the street below. He died of his injuries on the evening of December 14. It is sadly instructive to note the precautions that were and were not taken in this unfortunate accident, as this type of accident happens to motorcycle riders far more than any other type of driver.

Motorcyclists at High Risk

Simply because of the relative lack of protection afforded by a motorcycle compared to a car, many more motorcyclists are injured or killed proportionally than auto drivers if there is an accident between the two. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that motorcycle fatalities occur as many as 27 times more often than fatalities among auto drivers and passengers, and a significant portion of these are simply due to the manner in which an accident might occur. For example, an accident where a motorcycle is sideswiped may lead to injury or death, but a head-on collision is going to place a motorcycle against a vehicle at least three times its weight, and very often far more. Simple physics lead to the conclusion that the motorcyclist will get the worst of such a crash.

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Texas accident lawyerOn September 28, a trial began in Round Rock, where the defendant faces charges related to the unintentional death of a man whose motorcycle he hit while driving under the influence of alcohol in late 2015. While driving while intoxicated is never something that a person should do, it is worth noting that had the victim been in an automobile instead of on a motorcycle, he might have survived the impact. Many motorcyclists in Texas are unaware of just how significant the risks of motorcycling can be, and this case can show some of them.

Stats Show High Motorcyclist Death Rate in Accidents

If one examines Texas Department of Transportation data, one can see there were approximately 495 motorcyclist and passenger fatalities in 2016 on Texas roads. Approximately 53 percent of those killed were not wearing helmets, but even those who were sustained significant injury - in other words, the helmet was sadly not relevant to the accidents in which these lives were lost. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from the past five years show that per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in any given crash than an automobile driver or passenger. There are numerous reasons for this.

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Texas wrongful death lawyer, Texas motorcycle crash lawyerIn early June 2017, , a man was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a truck on FM 973 in Austin. His passenger was injured, but her unborn child did not survive. The driver of the truck that hit him was later charged with intoxication manslaughter, which may rise to two counts after the fetus was declared no longer viable. This is a sad yet common story in Texas, but it nevertheless reflects just how dangerous motorcycling can be even when one does everything right.

Statistics Show Significantly Higher Risks

The most recent available data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows a slight uptick in motorcyclist deaths from the previous year at 4,693. That constitutes approximately 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, which is more than double the amount seen a decade before. One notable trend is that almost two-thirds of the fatalities were sustained in multiple-vehicle crashes, which is slightly higher than previous years, but roughly in keeping with trends.

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Texas accident attorney, Texas injury lawyerOn Saturday June 10 around 4 p.m., a pickup truck drove into oncoming traffic on F.M. 973 and collided with a motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene and the pregnant female passenger, who had been thrown from the bike, was taken to a local hospital. The child did not survive and the woman remains in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck who caused the head-on collision has been charged with intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. If the woman recovers, she may have the right to hold the at-fault driver responsible for her injuries and the loss of her child’s life.

A Personal Injury Claim Following a Motorcycle Accident

After a motorcycle accident caused by another driver or bike, the injured victims have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Most auto accident injuries are resolved through an insurance settlement. The injured party files a third-party claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. After the insurance company investigates the crash and the claimant provides evidence of his or her injuries, then the insurer will often offer a settlement. The claimant can work with an attorney to negotiate a fair settlement amount.

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