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Day in and day out, no matter where you live, careless drivers are putting motorcyclists at risk of serious injury or even death.
Recently, two motorcycle riders were killed in an accident near Katy while on their way to the funeral of another motorcyclist.
The accident occurred on a Saturday morning on Highway 90 near Sam Houston Parkway. The two motorcyclists were on their way to meet friends at a park before the funeral service when suddenly a tow truck pulled out of a gas station and attempted to dart across lanes of oncoming traffic. The motorcycle rider could not stop before hitting the tow truck. He died at the scene, while his female passenger was transported to the hospital and later died from her injuries.
Unfortunately, tragic scenes like this are all too common in Katy and throughout Texas.
Texas has beautiful weather and open roads that make it perfect for motorcycle trips, but with reckless drivers reluctant to share the road out there, your next ride could be your last.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Stewart J.Guss, Attorney at Law, can be your ticket to a smooth recovery.
We’re open 24/7, ready to offer free virtual consultations. Give us a call at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE to submit your case for review.
Dangers Faced by Motorcycle Riders
Did you know motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic accident and 5 times more likely to be injured than the occupants of cars? Even with proper safety gear and defensive driving practices, things can still go wrong. Here are some of the factors that commonly cause motorcycle accidents:
- Less stability: With just two wheels, motorcycles are less stable for traveling than passenger cars. Issues a car could overcome – like road damage, potholes, loose gravel, or debris in the road – can turn into potentially deadly situations for motorcycle riders.
- Inclement weather: Rain is risky for motorcycle riders because it can bring out the oils trapped in the roadway. This makes the surface of the road extremely slippery. Windy conditions may also blow your bike off course!
- Lack of protective features: This one is obvious: passengers in a car are shielded from danger by a steel frame, and are protected by extra safety features like airbags and seat belts. Motorcycles lack all of those features and leave riders more vulnerable, increasing the risk of serious injuries and fatalities.
- Lack of training: Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for a new motorcyclist to want to ride the fastest bike around, such as the supersport or sport models. However, bigger and faster isn’t always better… particularly when you don’t have the real-world riding experience to match the power of a racing bike that has been fashioned for highway use. Further, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that nearly a third of all motorcyclists killed across the nation in 2017 weren’t properly licensed. Getting a motorcycle license requires thorough training, education, and testing that every rider needs.
- Less visibility: Motorists are often on the lookout for oncoming cars. However, they may not be expecting—or looking for—two-wheeled traffic. So when it comes to your gear, don’t be afraid to mix up that black leather! Take note: motorcyclists who wear bright or reflective clothing for visibility are 37% less likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not.
- A different skill set: Motorcycle riding requires a completely different skill set than driving a car. There’s a steep learning curve with little room for error. Even if you’re an excellent driver, you may not be an excellent motorcyclist. Many accidents occur due to the motorcyclist failing to transition fully from one skill set to another.
How Do Bad Drivers Cause Motorcycle Accidents?
Road safety is a two-way street, so to speak. Drivers have a duty to look out for cyclists sharing the road with them. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are caused by the following careless driving behaviors:
- Alcohol impairment: Alcohol impairment can dramatically increase the risk that a driver will collide with a motorcycle. Being inebriated makes you less alert and slows down your reaction time. This applies to motorcycle riders, too! Never drink and drive… and never drink and ride.
- Speeding: It’s simple physics: the faster a massive car or truck is speeding, the worse the collision will be with a vulnerable motorcycle rider. Negligent car or truck drivers can cause injuries and fatalities from violating the speed limit. Speeding severely reduces the time that someone has to notice and react to hazards on the roadway.
- Unsafe lane changes: Motorcyclists may be riding in a car’s blind spot. If the driver fails to look in their mirror and over their shoulder as they change lanes, there’s an increased risk of having an accident. As a motorcycle rider, make sure you have plenty of space when passing a car on the road.
- Left turns: Left turns are among the most dangerous tasks for motorcyclists, as they are less visible to other motorists who may be checking for car traffic, but not for motorcycles.
- Tailgating: Not only is it rude behavior, but drivers who tailgate motorcyclists are putting them in grave danger. Should the motorcyclist need to stop suddenly, they can be rear-ended by the car and cause a multi-vehicle chain reaction.
- Dooring: This term refers to a type of accident in which the occupant of a car parked on the side of the road opens their car door into the path of a motorcyclist. This causes the motorcyclist to either hit the door and wreck their bike, or swerve suddenly to avoid it. This loss of control can be disastrous and may also injure pedestrians.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries from motorcycle accidents are frequently serious and may result in permanent disability or even death. Some common injuries a motorcyclist can sustain in a crash include:
- Traumatic brain injuries: Also known as TBIs, traumatic brain injuries are the most common cause of death for motorcyclists involved in accidents. This type of injury may or may not involve a fractured skull, and is often caused by the brain or neck being violently jolted or receiving a sudden blow to the head. The consequences of a brain injury may be mild, such as a concussion, or they may severely impede the victim’s ability to function or care for themselves. While the risk of head injuries from a motorcycle accident is high, many deaths and severe injuries can be avoided through the use of a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmet and other safety gear.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in loss of sensation and function of the limbs, also called paralysis. How much loss depends on the severity of the injury as well as where on the spine the injury occurred. Function is generally lost below the site of the injury, meaning that a severe spinal cord injury involving the neck can result in quadriplegia and leave victims wheelchair-bound.
- Burns: It is not uncommon for a motorcycle or car to catch on fire after a collision, putting victims in danger of burn injuries. Burns may also be caused by gasoline and other chemicals spilled on the roadway during the accident.
- Broken bones: Broken bones are a frequent consequence of motorcycle accidents due to the likelihood that the rider will be ejected from their bike during the crash. They risk colliding with a car, other objects, or the ground at high speed. The most common bones to break in a motorcycle accident are the long, thin bones of the lower leg.
- Road rash: One of the most common injuries for a motorcyclist to receive in an accident, road rash occurs when a rider is thrown from their bike and slides across the ground. Layers of skin are scraped off. Extensive scarring and infection can result if road rash is not treated properly. Road rash can often be prevented through the use of protective gear such as motorcycle jackets, riding boots, gloves, and motorcycle pants made of leather or Kevlar.
- Biker’s arm: Biker’s arm is a term used to describe severe nerve damage caused when a heavy object—sometimes the motorcycle itself—lands on top of the arm. The damage is often permanent and may include paralysis of the arm or hand.
- Limb amputation: The amputation may take place during the accident or it may be a medical procedure necessary to mitigate damage after the accident.
- Internal injuries: Internal injuries can be caused by blunt force when you are struck by an object or if you are run over by a car. This type of injury may include a collapsed lung or puncture wounds to other internal organs due to broken ribs. The spleen, kidney, and liver are particularly vulnerable to internal injury.
Cars are not the only threat: a study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University revealed that injuries to motorcyclists who struck an object during the crash—such as a guardrail, tree, or concrete barrier—are typically more severe than those who hit the ground.
For example, motorcyclists who hit a guardrail instead of the ground were 7 times more likely to die due to accident-related injuries. Those who struck a tree had nearly 15 times more likelihood of dying from the injuries they suffered than those who struck the ground.
This is why proper safety gear is so important.
Does Texas Have a Motorcycle Helmet Law?
It is estimated that the use of helmets saved 1,859 lives in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 802 more lives could have been saved if helmets were used by all riders.
Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and the risk of serious head injuries by 69%.
They might make your ride less risky, but are helmets legally required in Texas?
Texas, like many other states, requires some riders to wear helmets, but not others. All riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle. Helmets are not required for those 21 and older if they have either completed a safety course or provided proof of a health insurance plan that covers an accident.
State law prohibits law enforcement officers from stopping un-helmeted motorcyclists for the sole purpose of determining whether they are over 21, have completed a safety course, or are covered by health insurance.
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
This problem is not one that can be swept under the rug.
According to the state Department of Transportation, in just one recent year, 500 motorcyclists lost their lives on Texas roadways.
53% of those motorcyclists were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
During that same year, 5,286 people died in motorcycle accidents across the nation, a 5% increase in motorcycle fatalities from the year before.
While motorcycles only make up about 3% of the country’s motor vehicle fleet, they are involved in 14% of all traffic crashes.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Call Our Katy Motorcycle Crash Attorneys
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle wreck in Katy, you shouldn’t have to handle the aftermath alone. You don’t just need help, you deserve it.
You may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries through the insurance coverage of an at-fault driver, or through a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party or their insurance company.
This can be a complicated process, but an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can handle it for you and connect you to all the resources and treatments you need.
We’re here to do it all: we’ll answer your legal questions, determine liability, and calculate the value of your case. We see the big picture, including lost wages due to work you missed because of your injuries, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, and the overall impact the accident will have on your life.
A motorcycle accident attorney can also assist you by negotiating with insurance companies for a fair settlement in your case, or representing you at trial if necessary.
It’s not time to take chances. It’s time to make choices.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Katy, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation. Because we take all of our motorcycle injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE.
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