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TX injury lawyerRecently, medics were called to Garfield, east of Austin-Bergstrom Airport, to treat a woman who had sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash. She was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with injuries that were characterized as serious, but not life-threatening. These types of accidents are quite common, and while the woman luckily escaped life-threatening injuries, she may still face long-term recuperation and even possibly permanent disability. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, your medical bills can add up, but you may be able to seek compensation from the negligent driver who caused your injuries.

Fatality Statistics Are High

Motorcyclists are over-represented in traffic death totals; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die if they are involved in a crash than a vehicle driver or passenger. Motorcyclists do not have the same protection as those inside a car or truck; the sheer volume of metal and glass involved in striking a vehicle can prove punishing for a cyclist whose only protection is their clothing and helmet. Even those who survive accidents with vehicles can have severe injuries, as the woman in Garfield may be left with.

There are many different reasons for the frequency of motorcycle accidents. Fatality statistics are made even worse by non-universal compliance with helmet laws - the NHTSA estimates that only 71 percent of riders wore helmets in 2018. Texas’ statistics are even more significant in that regard - roughly half of the 418 motorcyclists killed in 2018 on Texas roads were not wearing helmets at the time of their accidents. In addition, very often vehicle drivers simply do not take cyclists’ presence into account; failure to check blind spots or their turn lanes can lead to ruin.

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TX crash lawyerA middle-aged man who was killed recently when his motorcycle fell over the wall of the flyover between U.S. 290 and U.S. 183 has finally been identified. The man was riding his motorcycle heading toward U.S. 183 when he lost control, his cycle coming over the edge and landing on the lanes of U.S. 290 below. While this type of accident is not uncommon, it is unusual, and if you are involved in this sort of crash it can be deadly. If another driver is involved, it may give rise to an action for wrongful death - which is sadly too common, especially among motorcyclists, who have much less protection than drivers or passengers of automobiles in the event of a crash.

Motorcyclists 28 Times More Likely to Die

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an automobile accident than passengers in a vehicle, and this is for several different reasons. One of them is simply because a motorcyclist does not have a metal cage around them to absorb any impact; injuries like road rash are much more prevalent in motorcyclists because they are just more likely to make contact with the road. Vehicle occupants are much less likely to be thrown clear, and if they are wearing seatbelts, injuries may still be serious, but fatal much less often.

While obviously, user error can contribute to motorcycle crashes, it can equally be said that errors by automobile drivers cause just as many injuries and fatalities. Many drivers simply do not know how to share the road with cycles; it is all too common for an accident to result when a car’s driver does not check their blind spots, or when they merge before ensuring that the lane is free to do so. It can be difficult to apportion liability in these types of accidents, especially in wrongful death cases, because very often it may only be the surviving driver’s word for what happened. However, it is decidedly not impossible, and if you have lost a loved one in this type of accident, it is generally worth trying to seek compensation.

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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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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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