There are more than 400,000 motorcycle owners in Texas. Wayne Wright LLP lawyers are among them. They know the feeling of freedom that riders experience, and they are experts in laws governing motorcycle accidents.
It is important to consult an experienced motorcycle lawyer after an accident since insurance laws can differ from state to state for motorcycles, compared to those laws for automobiles.
Statistics show that risks for motorcycle riders are substantial. They are 26 times more likely to die in accidents than people in cars and five times more likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2013 was “six times the fatality rate” for people in cars, according to NHTSA.
Cars are the most common cause of deadly motorcycle accidents at intersections. A NHTSA study of rider deaths in 2013 revealed that “44 percent” of the accidents that killed motorcycle riders “involved a vehicle turning left in front” of the motorcycle while the motorcycle “was going straight, passing or overtaking the vehicle.”
In 2013, A Florida State University study found that while motorcycle riders “have a significantly higher number of single vehicle crashes than other drivers…most motorcycle crashes involved other vehicles.”
Florida State University, like NHTSA and other federal and state agencies, reported that in multi-vehicle crashes, drivers of cars and trucks “failed to see” motorcycles. In other cases, they misjudged the motorcycles’ speed and also thought they were “farther away” than they were.
By 2007, motorcycle deaths in the U.S. had increased every year for 10 years. There were “2,332 two-vehicle fatal crashes” that year involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. That’s when the federal government began its “Share the Road Campaign” to increase driver awareness of motorcycles and reduce the deadly accident rate.
While the statistics prove that motorcycles are not always the cause of every accident - as many car and truck drivers have long insisted - plenty of crashes occur because motorcycle riders are speeding, riding at night or have had too much to drink. Texas had more motorcycle fatalities in 2011 than any other state. Of the 441 motorcycle riders who were killed in Texas that year, 37% had .08 BAC readings or higher.
Wayne Wright LLP urges all motorcycle riders to review safe driving techniques on websites like” Ride Apart.” It has expert tips for avoiding accidents on a list of the 10 most common motorcycle collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, call Wayne Wright LLP today.