Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in a collision than a passenger vehicle motorist when involved in an accident.
Austin, TX- The number of motorcycles in the U.S. continues to grow. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in 2014. With so many motorcycles on the roads throughout the U.S. and Texas, there are more opportunities for a bad crash to occur. Here USAttorneys will discuss some facts about motorcycle accidents and how motorcyclists can recover compensation if they are hurt.
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 459 motorcyclists were killed in the Lone Star State in 2014. What’s more, only 52 percent of the motorcyclists killed, which included operators and passengers, were not wearing a helmet.
Sadly, when a motorcyclist is involved in a traffic accident, they are 27 times more likely to be killed and five times more likely to be injured than an occupant of a passenger vehicle, the Insurance Information Institute reports.
Brain, neck, and spinal injuries, and broken bones are common injuries in motorcycle crashes.
Because they lack the protection a car or truck provides, motorcyclists are prone to traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and neck injuries. Broken bones and abrasions often referred to as road rash, are also common. Overall, the Government Accountability Office estimates that motorcycle accidents in the U.S. cost an average of $16 billion annually in medical care, rehabilitation, property damage, loss of wages, and legal fees.
If you suffered a significant injury because of a motorcycle crash in Austin, we recommend you contact the Robson Law Firm at (512) 345-8200 and set up a consultation with one of their experienced personal injury lawyers.
So, what are a couple of the common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle blindness is a leading cause of motorcycle collision. Motorcycles and mopeds have a much smaller profile than a vehicle, making them easy to miss or overlooked. Passenger vehicle motorists often turn into the path of motorcycles or hit them while navigating a turn.
Rear-end collisions are also common because motorists simply don’t leave enough room between their vehicle and a motorcycle. While rear-end collision are usually minor for car or truck occupants, a rear-end collision can be calamitous for a motorcyclist. A rear-end collision can throw a motorcyclist from their bike.
A motorcycle accident can be so devastating that a victim’s life is forever changed. They face exorbitant medical bills and other accident-related expenses and risk being shortchanged if they don’t get legal assistance. If you live in Austin, Texas, we encourage you to set up a case evaluation one of the accident lawyers at Robson Law Firm. You can call them at (512) 345-8200 or visit their website. You can count on the attorneys at Robson Law Firm to work diligently on your case, so you recover maximum compensation following your crash.