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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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TX motorcycle lawyerOne recent night almost turned deadly for a woman riding a motorcycle near Loop 410 and Culebra Road, when she struck a van leaving a parking lot and sustained serious injuries. She was taken to University Hospital in critical condition, and while law enforcement told the press that no charges are expected to be filed in this specific incident, it is still worth noting that these types of crashes are sadly common. If you are injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle, you can be left with serious injuries, and while the van driver here was blameless, that may not be the case in your crash.

Motorcycling Can Be Dangerous

The most recent available data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimate that approximately 420 motorcycle drivers and passengers were killed in 2018, which is a drop of around 16 percent from 2017’s numbers. It is also relevant that a lower number of motorcycle riders were not wearing a helmet at the time of their crash - multiple studies show that helmet use can save lives, though Texas law currently makes their wearing optional for anyone over age 21 if they have completed a safety course.

While sometimes, motorcyclists can fail to take safety measures to protect themselves, motorcycling can be dangerous even if a rider is helmeted and obeying all traffic laws. Drivers, unfortunately, do not always share the road very well, with many accidents occurring because an automobile driver fails to watch their blind spots or check before turning. While the van driver in the Culebra Road accident was held blameless, it is very easy to have a situation where fault could be placed on a driver in that position for negligently failing to make sure the road was clear.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_motorcycle_20190816-184819_1.jpgOn the evening of August 8, a man was thrown off his motorcycle as he collided with another vehicle on northbound U.S. 183. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries, but as of this writing is expected to recover. Law enforcement has few details, but it is easy to wonder about the nature of the accident. Motorcycle riding is a dangerous hobby, but at the same time, if someone acted negligently, the injured man may have a good claim against the driver of the vehicle that struck him. If you are ever involved in an accident on your motorcycle, you should know that you have just as many rights as the driver of an automobile.

Motorcycling Can Be Dangerous

Texas has approximately 381,000 motorcycles registered in the state, and it is extremely common to see motorcycles on Texas roads. While most riders are scrupulously cautious and do everything they can to protect themselves while riding, what many non-riders are not aware of is that even if all precautions have been taken, motorcycling is markedly more dangerous than riding in a car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that a motorcyclist is 28 times more likely to die than a vehicle driver or passenger, should an accident occur.

Many hear that statistic and think that motorcyclists do not take effective precautions, or that such a dangerous hobby means accidents are unavoidable. However, much of the reason for the heightened danger inherent in riding is simple physics: a motorcycle rider does not have as much as a vehicle driver or passenger to protect them should they suddenly be in an accident involving huge amounts of force. The damage from an accident that can feel minor to an auto driver can be severe to a cyclist.

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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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