According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) motorcyclists are 15 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger in a car. This is because motorcycles lack the amount of insulation a car has, resulting in an inability for the motorcycle to absorb and respond accordingly to an accident. Because of this increased risk, it is important for motorcyclists and their passengers to understand the inherent dangers of riding motorcycles, and the statistics associated with such activity.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, approximately 500 motorcyclists were involved in fatal accidents in 2013, an increase from prior years. This increase can be contributed to a number of things, including, but not limited to: distracted drivers, excessive traffic, unfavorable road conditions, potholes, and other negligent drivers. Negligent drivers and distracted drivers come in many forms, but alcohol is one of the leading factors in such cognitive incapacity. The TDPS has also reported that almost half of all fatal motorcycle accidents are shown to have involved alcohol in some way.
The NHTSA explains that wearing a helmet during a motorcycle accident is 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities. Following an accident, it is important to seek medical attention even if you do not believe you are hurt because of the possibility of symptomless injuries, such as a concussion. Symptoms of such head injuries can include: dizziness, headache, nausea, and brief memory loss, among other things.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to get the insurance information from all parties involved. The experienced attorneys at Zar Law, PLLC will advocate on your behalf and deal directly with insurance companies in order to help get you back on your feet. For more information call the attorneys at Zar Law, PLLC at (713) 333-5533 for a free consultation.