Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Contributing Factors of Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcyclists have little protection when involved in crashes, which leads to higher rates of serious injury and fatality. The scenes of car accidents involving motorcycles are often disastrous due to the size disparity between motorcycles and passenger vehicles or commercial trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 4,502 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2010, up from 4,469 motorcycle fatalities in 2009.
NHTSA estimates that motorcyclists are 5 times more likely to be injured in a collision, and 25 times more likely to die in a car crash than a passenger car occupant. Why is the risk of serious injury or wrongful death so much higher for motorcyclists? Some dangerous factors include:
- Distracted Drivers: When drivers participate in any activity that takes their eyes and focus off the road, they put the public at risk. Motorcycles and their riders are harder to see than large passenger vehicles, and a driver who is adjusting the radio or talking to passengers is less likely to notice a motorcyclist in their path when they change lanes.
- Texting While Driving: A driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to crash than one who is attentive to the road. In the few moments in takes to read or compose a text message, a driver can collide with a vulnerable motorcycle rider, leaving pain and tragedy in their wake.
- Drunk Drivers: The slowed response time of an intoxicated driver and lowered skills of observation create an especially hazardous situation for a motorcyclist.
Riding a motorcycle is economical and enjoyable for many people, but the negligence of other motorists puts them in tremendous risk. If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle, an Austin accident attorney may be able to fight for you.
Motorcycle Fatality & Injury Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed in traffic collisions between 2001 and 2009. 20 to 29-year-olds are at the highest risk of suffering a fatal injury in a motorcycle collision. In addition to these fatalities, many motorcyclists sustain nonfatal injuries. The most common nonfatal injury among motorcyclists involved leg injuries, foot injuries, head injuries, and neck injuries. 30% of all nonfatal motorcycle injuries involved the rider’s leg or foot, while 22% involve the head and neck. Sadly, the number of motorcycle fatalities increased by 55% between 2001 and 2008. Nonfatal injury numbers grew as well, increasing from 120,000 in 2001 to 175,000 in 2008. These numbers are probably due to the fact that the number of motorcyclists in the United States has grown over the past decade. Because of this, the CDC acknowledges motorcycle fatalities as a significant public health concern in America.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Austin, Tx
Loewy Law Firm is dedicated to helping clients repair their lives after tragic incidents, because we believe each victim of a preventable accident deserves justice. If your family suffered because of a motorcycle accident, we can use the extensive experience and aggressive negotiation skills of our head attorney to fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. Our careers are devoted to representing Texans who have been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful actions of others, and we may be able to help you as well. You do not have to spend another day overwhelmed by pain and medical bills caused from a devastating motorcycle accident. Call the Loewy Law Firm today to enlist the support of a compassionate legal counselor and powerful advocate.