Receive Compensation for Your Motorcycle Crash Injuries with the Help of a Dedicated Lawyer
Motorcyclists are perceived by many people to be adventurous troublemakers and reckless thrillseekers. As a result, when a motorcycle and a vehicle collide, most assume that the motorcyclist is naturally the one at fault. This assumption is not just incorrect. It is irresponsible to believe that all motorcyclists speed, drive impaired, drag race, and ignore lane laws when motor vehicle operators are often guilty of the same. Because of this bias, motorcyclists should seek the help of an attorney to present the facts indisputably on their behalf.
National Motorcycle Statistics
Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation and recreation in Texas and around the country. Between 2006 and 2015, the number of registered motorcycles in the United States increased by more than 30%, to more than 8.5 million. Unfortunately, despite its many advantages, motorcycling is far more dangerous than traveling by car, truck, bus, or other more traditional motor vehicles. While motorcycles represent only about 1% of the miles traveled nationwide, they are responsible for about 14% of annual traffic deaths—up from just 5% in 1997.
Texas Motorcycle Crash Fatalities and Injuries
In 2016, 463 motorcyclists were killed on Texas roads. Another 33 passengers riding on motorcycles lost their lives, as well. 1,861 motorcycle riders and 147 passengers suffered incapacitating injuries, and thousands more suffered less serious injuries in motorcycle accidents.
To some degree, the dangers associated with riding a motorcycle can be mitigated by helmet use. However, nearly half of those killed and more than half of those injured in 2016 were wearing helmets. While this type of precaution minimizes certain risks, protective gear cannot fully compensate for the fact that a motorcyclist is exposed in a way that those in passenger cars and commercial vehicles are not. As a result, an accident that might be a minor fender-bender between two vehicles can be fatal for a motorcyclist.