How dangerous are motorcycles on Texas roads?
Published in Motorcycle Accident on May 7, 2018.
Taking into account the statistics, the correct answer would be very dangerous. However, upon closer examination of the same figures, other considerations may inform us that motorcycles in themselves are not that dangerous.
Texas is only second to Florida regarding motorcycle fatalities. To put these figures into perspective, Texas contributes about 10% of all motorcycle fatalities in the country. The statistics have been consistent for the best part of the last decade. Incapacitation and death are 27 times more likely in the event of a motorcycle accident than they are among motor vehicles.
Of the fatalities, over a third of the victims were driving intoxicated. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, intoxication and speeding contribute to almost half of the casualties in this category. Texas leads the way in intoxication, speeding, and unlicensed riders on the road at 28%, 33%, and 25% respectively. Over 40% of the fatalities did not have helmets. It paints a picture of an irresponsible riding community.
Today, there are over 8.5 million registered riders in America. There are also another 1 million riders that remain undocumented. A fatality rate of 0.06% of about 88,000 accidents seems small. These accidents are ten times more likely to occur compared to those involving motor vehicles. One in every four accidents is fatal or incapacitating, which again indicates the risk is very high.
Responsible riding communities recommend a set of rules. A rider should ensure that they have the relevant training. They must also ensure that they have the appropriate riding gear, which includes a helmet, shoulder, knee and knuckle pads, reflectors, and the right riding shoes. Ensure that your ride has safety mechanisms such as ABS and that you get your motorbike serviced regularly.
Do not drive under the influence of anything — be it love, alcohol, drugs, anger or otherwise. When you have taken all the precautions, it makes the work of a motorcycle accident lawyer easy. They can negotiate maximum compensation for you in case of an accident. If you don’t, you risk a charge of reckless endangerment.
Furthermore, you will be at the risk of abrasions and rashes, broken bones and fractures, trauma, disability, and even death. Sometimes you may not have an accident. Extended riding without proper gear can expose you to serious health complications that even the best motorcycle accident lawyer cannot help.
Motor vehicle road users contribute to over 40% of the motorcycle accidents and fatalities. Rather than give the right of way to riders, the “Sorry man, I didn’t see you!” is quite common. At which point, you could be fighting for your dear life. To be on the safe side, avoid speeding and overtaking through road intersections.
If you have been in an accident, you should consult a reputable motorcycle accident lawyer. Taking precautions is sometimes not enough. However, even in such a seemingly dangerous environment, some riders remain accident-free for decades. Nelson & Smith have many years of experience seeking compensation for victims of motorcycle accidents. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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