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The Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle in Houston

Helpful information provided by the Houston accident attorneys at the Baumgartner Law Firm


The United States keeps track of statistics relating to car accidents and motorcycle accidents in an effort to improve safety. Although not surprising to a personal injury attorney, the statistics make crystal clear how deadly a motorcycle accident can be.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • Motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to be killed in an accident than 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 the 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 a 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 drunk driving as a factor in the fatal motorcycle wreck.

Heavy Traffic Increases the Danger for Bikers

wrecked motorcycleTo 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 visibility 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 in Texas in that year.

Each year riding motorcycles become more popular and there are more bikes on the roadway. Unfortunately with Texas’s explosive growth rate, there are more and more motorists in general on the highway. Also, our highway construction is not kept pace with our growth.

This situation has made riding motorcycles and metropolitan areas such as Houston, Dallas, Austin, and 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.

If you have questions about a motorcycle crash, reach out to our personal injury lawyers in Houston for a free consultation!  (281) 587-1111.

Please visit our Houston Motorcycle accident page at: https://baumgartnerlawyers.com/houston-motorcycle-accident-lawyer/

Greg Baumgartner

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Greg Baumgartner has practiced personal injury law since 1984. He holds not one but two law degrees and is a graduate of Trial Lawyers College. He is licensed in Texas and Colorado. Mr. Baumgartner has earned a reputation for exemplary results for his clients. And has been preeminent rated for decades and recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Expertise, Newsweek, Houstonia magazine, and many others. He has given educational talks to lawyers and many media interviews regarding personal injury cases.