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TX accident lawyerRecently, all of the lanes of westbound Ben White Boulevard at Congress were closed down due to an accident involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. Law enforcement reports stated that one adult man was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with ‘unknown injuries,’ and while it was not specified, it is likely that this was the motorcyclist. If you are involved in a similar motorcycle accident, it is important that you be aware of your options in trying to seek compensation for your injuries.

Statistics Show High Fatality Rates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcyclists are approximately “28 times as likely as passenger car occupants” to die in motor vehicle accidents. This may seem inflated, but there are multiple different reasons why this is the case, not least of all because motorcyclists lack the protection that passengers in vehicles have in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists have nothing between themselves and the road, while passengers in an automobile have metal, glass, and other safety measures to fall back upon.

Generally, motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic deaths, making up approximately 15 percent of road fatalities while only around 3 percent of the vehicles on the road are motorcycles. There are countless causes of motorcycle accidents, but driver negligence is the main culprit. Unfortunately, drivers very often fail to check their blind spots or turn lanes when operating their vehicles, which can very often lead to motorcyclists being injured.

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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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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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