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TX accident lawyerRecently, a crash on West Military Drive killed a motorcyclist, who simply seemed to drop away from the two friends he had been riding with. One of the other motorcyclists simply noticed the victim disappear, and found his body approximately one half-mile back from where they had stopped. Medical personnel were summoned, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. As of this writing, the cause of death was not determined, but motorcycle accidents are more likely to be deadly than standard vehicle crashes, and if you have been involved in one, your injuries are likely to be severe.

Common Causes

Motorcycling is an extremely common hobby in the United States, with Texas being in the top five for the number of motorcycles registered in the state. However, with the increased number of motorcyclists on Texas roads in addition to other traffic, this does mean that more accidents occur. When they do, motorcyclists very often get the proverbial short end of the stick - their relative lack of protection compared to passengers in vehicles means that they die approximately 28 times more often.

The sheer lack of protection for motorcyclists (leather and padding being all that is between a cyclist and the road) is a big factor in the number of injuries and deaths, but there are others. Sometimes motorcyclists do play a role in their own injuries - for example, law enforcement suspects that the victim of the West Military Drive crash was not wearing a helmet - but other times, auto drivers’ distraction and negligence, such as failing to check one’s mirrors before merging, can lead to cyclist injuries.

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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 lawyerRush hour on I-10 led to tragedy for a motorcyclist who lost control after one too many lane changes, as he was pronounced dead at the scene after being thrown from the vehicle. As far as possible, it was not theorized that anyone else was to blame for the crash. Sadly, motorcyclists will occasionally drive in a reckless manner that can cause injuries or even fatalities to themselves and others around them, but sometimes accidents are caused by automobiles, as well. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s conduct, you may be entitled to compensation.

Riding Can Be Dangerous

Texas accident statistics show a grim trend for motorcyclists. To be sure, 505 fatal crashes occurred in 2017, up from 501 in 2016 and 458 in 2015. The majority of all motorcycle accidents occur in urban areas, contrary to popular perception - in Texas, the top five most hazardous metro areas for cyclists were Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and El Paso, with these five making up a majority of the motorcycle accidents in the state for that year. Generally, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely nationwide to be killed in an accident than drivers and passengers in cars or trucks.

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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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New Braunfels personal injury lawyerTexas weather allows people to take their bikes out for a significant portion of the year, but the summer months are popular for riders across the U.S. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents commonly make the news despite the fact that they can almost all be avoided. Since motorcycles, passenger vehicles, and semi-trucks have to share the roads, every driver is responsible for avoiding these types of accidents. If you were hurt while riding your motorcycle and you believe another driver is at fault, call an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights.

Whether you are a motorcycle rider, average driver, or a trucker, consider motorcycle safety this summer.

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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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