Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
The Kishinevsky Law Firm is a personal injury law firm in the greater Houston area. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or died as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.Texas Motorcycle Drivers Have a Greater Risk of Suffering Death or Serious Injury From an Accident Than Drivers of Other Vehicles
According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, there were over 380 thousand motorcycles registered in Texas in 2016 and the total number of motor vehicles registered in Texas in 2016 was over 24 million.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2016, motorcycle accidents in Texas resulted in 463 motorcycle driver deaths and 1861 motorcycle drivers suffering incapacitating injuries. For that same time period, there were 3,773 total deaths from motor vehicle accidents in Texas in 2016, and 17582 people who suffered an incapacitating injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident.
While motorcycles in Texas accounted for approximately 1.5% of all registered motor vehicles in 2016, motorcycle drivers accounted for approximately 12% of all deaths from motor vehicle collisions and approximately 10.5% of all incapacitating injuries from motor vehicle collisions in 2016.
Unfortunately, these statistics are not unique, nor are they unique to Texas, as numerous studies have found that there is a significantly greater risk of serious injury or death for motorcycle drivers compared to drivers of other vehicles throughout the United States and other countries.
- A Review of Risk Factors and Patterns of Motorcycle Injuries
- Traffic Safety Facts 2007 Data
- NHTSA - Motorcycle Safety
- IIHS & HLDI - Motorcycles and ATVs
The most obvious answer why motorcycle drivers and passengers are at a higher risk to suffer serious injury or death from an accident is because of the structural differences between a motorcycle and other vehicles. Compared to motorcycles, cars and other vehicles are heavier. Unlike motorcycles, cars and other vehicles fully enclose drivers and passengers, resulting in a lower possibility of direct exposure to contact with the road or another vehicle in an accident. Cars and other vehicles have seatbelts while motorcycles do not, making motorcycle drivers and passengers more likely to be thrown from the vehicle in an accident. Because of their design, motorcycles also lack the safety technology which protects drivers of cars and most other vehicles such as airbags, automatic braking, lane assist, and similar safety features. Additionally, because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, they may not be spotted as easily by other drivers, especially in a situation where a driver is tired or distracted.What Should You do if You or a Loved One has Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
Most of the immediate steps that should be followed at the accident scene will be the same for motorcycles and other vehicles. A detailed guide for what to do at the scene of an accident is available here.Do I Need an Attorney if I’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Texas?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Texas due to the fault of someone else, there will likely be a need to deal with the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Generally speaking, it is probably a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney as early in the process as possible before dealing with the insurance company to make sure your interests are being represented and you are not being taken advantage of by the insurance company during a difficult time.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle crash due to someone else’s fault, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help you and what you can do to obtain the maximum recovery you are entitled to by Texas law.