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Riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable pastime, but it can also be extremely dangerous due to motorcycles’ lack of stability and visibility. If you are in a closed-in motor vehicle, it is important to always share the road and look out for motorcyclists before changing lanes. If you are driving a motorcycle, always do so with caution, wear a helmet, and wear high visibility clothing. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, call our experienced Cedar Park motorcycle injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and do not provide their riders with the protection of enclosed vehicles. Therefore, when motorcyclists crash, the riders are more likely to be injured than the drivers or passengers of enclosed vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that, nationwide, 4,985 people died in motorcycle-related crashes in 2018. To combat these high number of deaths in the future, NHTSA urges motorcyclists to ride sober, use Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant motorcycle helmets, and wear reflective or high visibility clothing. Statistics on these nationwide deaths are as follows:
- 28% of motorcycle riders killed in 2017 were drunk
- 71% of motorcyclists wore DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets in 2018
- It is estimated that helmets saved the lives of 1,872 motorcyclists in 2017
- An estimated 749 lives could have been saved in 2017 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets,
- Only 26% of fatally injured motorcyclists were helmeted in states with no helmet laws.
Texas Department of Transportation reported 8,254 motorcycle fatalities and injuries in Texas in 2019. Of that number:
- 410 were fatalities,
- 4,593 were wearing a helmet,
- 3,130 were not wearing a helmet.
Of the 410 motorcycle fatalities in 2019:
- 394 were the drivers
- 16 were the passengers
- 207 were wearing a helmet
- 185 were not wearing a helmet
- It was unknown if the remaining 18 were wearing a helmet
It is important to always ride a motorcycle carefully. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, ride sober, and wear reflective clothing to help make yourself more visible to other drivers.