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Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers
Motorcycling in a beautiful state like Texas can be quite enjoyable, but motorcycle accidents are also common. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger car occupants in other types of motor vehicle collisions.
Motorcyclists do not have the protection of a heavy steel frame surrounding them as passenger vehicle occupants do, which means that similar to bicyclists, they are more likely to be injured.
The NHTSA also estimated that in 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists were killed on the nation’s highways. Additionally, an estimated 84,000 motorcyclists were injured.
When you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident due to another’s negligence, you need a vigorous advocate on your side to ensure that you collect all deserved financial compensation.
For all necessary assistance, come and talk with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. Call our law office toll-free send us an email.
Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives
Wearing a helmet is an effective way for motorcyclists to reduce the risk of injury or death. All motorcycle helmets sold in the United States are required to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. This standard establishes the minimum level of protection helmets must give each user.
Helmet use saves lives. The NHTSA states that helmets saved the lives of 1,859 motorcyclists in 2016, and 802 more motorcyclists’ lives could have been saved if they had been wearing helmets.
In Texas, you must wear a helmet if you are under 21. You should always wear a helmet for safety, but you may ride without one if you are over 21 and meet an eligible helmet exemption.
The Role Of Motorcycles In Crashes
According to the NHTSA, motorcycles are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents with fixed objects than other types of vehicles. Speeding is often a critical factor in these accidents. Approximately 35 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to only 23 percent of passenger car drivers.
Motorcycles are struck in the front in a large percentage of two-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle and a passenger car. Motorcycles were struck in the back in only 7 percent of fatal crashes. Motorcyclists should be especially careful to maintain a safe traveling distance and not tailgate drivers ahead of them.
All motorcyclists could benefit from taking a motorcycle safety course to learn the proper way to handle a motorcycle and the proper methods of reacting in an emergency situation.
Motorcycle Accidents And The Consequences
Motorcycle fatalities continue to increase. The NHTSA estimates that approximately 148,000 motorcyclists have been killed in crashes since the enactment of the Highway Safety Act and the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966. In 2019, 8,014 motorcyclists were involved in fatal accidents and countless more suffered serious injuries. Only 49 percent of motorcyclists wore a helmet.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident that involved a negligent driver, an experienced lawyer can review your situation and determine if you have a case that will allow you to recover damages.
If damages are recoverable, you could receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, wrongful death compensation may also be available.
To speak with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer, contact us by email or call toll-free.