Motorcycle Accidents: Common Facts
Many motorcyclists ride because they enjoy the feeling of freedom that comes with the open air, and maneuverability allowed when on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, there are also many dangers inherent to motorcycle riding that do not come with other forms of transportation. The most obvious of these dangers is that there is no barrier between the rider and the road, other than the protective gear the rider may be wearing. Other drivers on the road are often unaware of motorcycles due to their low profile, making them difficult to see. These dangers can lead to serious injury to the rider if they are involved in an accident. For these reasons, riders must be familiar with the motorcycle laws in Texas, including insurance laws, and what compensation is rightfully entitled to riders if they are injured in an accident, especially if the accident is due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver. Consulting with an attorney is a crucial step when determining which laws apply to your accident when recovering sustained damages.
Here is a closer look at some of the facts commonly associated with motorcycle accidents that show why a consultation with an experienced motorcycle law attorney is so important:
- Two out of Three motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists who breached the motorcyclist’s right of way.
- The likelihood of a rider being killed in an accident is nearly 26 times that of a person involved in an automobile accident.
- A motorcycle rider is 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident than someone in a passenger vehicle.
- Since 1999, the number of fatalities of drivers and passengers of cars, trucks and SUVs, has been falling due to increased safety standards and better engineering of the vehicles. Motorcycle fatalities, however, have increased by nearly 100% since that time.
When operating a motorcycle, the rider must be defensive, alert, and exceptionally careful of the other drivers around them. Unfortunately, even the best, most experienced rider is sometimes at the mercy of the other drivers on the road and cannot always be in complete control of their situation. When a motorcycle accident occurs, especially if it is the result of another driver’s recklessness or negligence, then the rider, or the rider’s family should be fully compensated for any damages or losses suffered.
It is for these reasons, if you have been injured, or if a family member has been killed in a motorcycle accident, consulting an attorney experienced in motorcycle laws is the most important step in obtaining rightful compensation. At Carabin Shaw, we have a team of attorneys who have handled many cases involving motorcycle accidents, and understand the nuances and complexities of motorcycle law. We are available day or night and charge nothing for your initial consultation. Reach us anytime at 1.800.862.1260