The Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle in Houston
Helpful information provided by Houston accident attorneys at the Baumgartner Law Firm
United States keeps track of statistics relating to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, & acts of war in an effort to improve safety. Although not surprising to a personal injury attorney, the statistics make crystal clear how deadly motorcycle accident can be.
DOT and other sources Statistics
- Motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to be killed in an accident when a driver of a passenger car.
- Almost 90,000 motorcycle riders were killed in one year alone.
- Over 10% of all accidents that occur in United States on the highways involve motorcycles.
- A rider without a helmet is much more likely to die of a closed head injury than one wearing a helmet
- Almost half of the fatal motorcycle accidents involve a passenger car or pickup truck turning into the motorcycle.
- A large number of fatalities involve no other vehicles.
Almost everyone agrees that the main reason there are so many motorcycle deaths is the lack of protection on the bike itself. Even with the best safety equipment without the protective cover provided by a pastor core pickup truck a bike rider is at the mercy of the larger vehicles.
Alcohol and motorcycle accidents are also a factor that is disproportionately apparent in motorcycle crashes. Almost 1/3 of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve alcohol above the legal limit. Often, speed is accompanied by alcohol use as a factor in the fatal motorcycle wreck.
To compound matters riding a bike on congested highways such as those in Houston, Texas increases the likelihood of a serious injury or wrongful death accident exponentially. The vast majority of motorcycle accidents occur because the other vehicles cannot see the motorcycle itself and act as if the bike is not even there.
When traffic is congested the conspicuity factor becomes much greater and it becomes much more dangerous for anyone to ride a motorcycle.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation there were over 10,000 motorcycle accidents that occurred last year. Just fewer than 500 people were killed in Texas in motorcycle crashes. While over 2000 people were injured but not killed in Texas in that year.
Each year riding motorcycles becomes more popular and there are more bikes on the roadway. Unfortunately with Texas explosive growth rate there are more and more motorist in general on the highway and our highway construction is not kept pace with our growth.
This situation has made riding motorcycles and metropolitan areas such as Houston, Dallas, Austin or San Antonio much more dangerous than it was just a few years ago.
If you choose to ride a motorcycle, ride safely and avoid the major highways whenever possible and certainly during peak traffic times.
Please visit our Houston Motorcycle accident page at: https://baumgartnerlawyers.com/practice-area/motorcycle-accident-lawyer/