Motorcycles Are Just Plain Dangerous?

The real problem is that nobody in Houston is watching where they are going. Our Houston motorcycle accident lawyer noticed that you have drivers out there with their head stuck in their iPhone instead of paying attention to the road…and motorcycle riders don’t stand a chance under those conditions. If you got hit by a negligent driver in Texas, then give us a call (832) 463-1003.

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Nothing beckons the open road like a motorcycle. In a recent driving vacation, with family in tow, I reminisced about the freedom of hopping on a hog and taking off – wind blowing by you. But motorcycles may very well be the most dangerous vehicle on the road. Here is why.

Injury Lawyer on Motorcycle Accidents

motorcycle-accident-attorney-houstonOur Houston Injury Lawyers had the following to say about Texas motorcycle accidents…

As recently as 2016 approximately 4,935 people were killed in all types of accidents. Approximately three-fourths of these motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle, which was most usually a passenger automobile.

2. Approximately one-fourth of these motorcycle accidents were single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.

3. Vehicle failure accounted for less than 3% of these motorcycle accidents, and most of those were single vehicle accidents where control was lost due to a puncture flat.

4. In the single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of the cases, with the typical error being a slide out and falls due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

5. Roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) were the accident cause in 2% of the accidents; animal involvement was 1% of the accidents.

6. In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

Drive safely – no matter what type of vehicle you take onto the road.

Motorcycle Accidents – A NHTSA Study

A study by NHTSA regarding motorcycle accidents provided the following insight into injury causation and prevent-ability of motorcycle crashes.

The single largest factor in motorcycle accidents is that the automobile driver fails to detect or see the motorcycle in traffic. The lack of awareness that a motorcycle driver is even there combined with a lack of caution and awareness by the automobile driver is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents.

Without a doubt, injury severity goes up radically with increased speed. The higher the speed at which a motorcycle crashes the much greater potential for serious injury or wrongful death.

The lack of helmets accounts for the most severe injuries that are preventable. In Texas we have no mandatory helmet use by motorcycle riders.

The motorcycle safety training appears to provide effective ways to reduce the number of severe motorcycle accidents. The more training a motorcycle rider has the less likely he or she will be involved in an accident. The use of a helmet would further reduce the severe head injuries associated with many motorcycle accidents.