Texas Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Many motorcyclists choose to ride because of the fun and freedom that bikes offer. However, while motorcycles can be a great source of adventure, they also have the potential to cause a lot of loss.
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most damaging types of collisions. Due to the lack of protection and coverage, motorcycle accident injuries are often catastrophic and, in many cases, deadly.
Attorney Roger “Rocky” Walton has represented many injury victims dealing with the losses associated with motorcycle accidents. Here, he presents Texas motorcycle accident statistics that show the seriousness of these types of accidents.
Motorcycle Accidents: A Serious Concern for Texas
The number of motorcycle accidents in Texas is higher than many other states. There are several reasons why more motorcyclists are injured and killed in Texas than nearly any other state.
The first is that Texas has such a large population. The second is that Texas has so much land and so many roads that can be traveled. Finally, Texas has more mild weather than many other parts of the country. Since the weather usually stays nice into fall and winter, motorcyclists in Texas can continue to ride their bikes year-round.
Unfortunately, this does result in a significant number of accidents. Here are some statistics that show how common motorcycle accidents are in the state of Texas:
- In 2017, Texas had a total of 505 motorcycle accident fatalities
- In 2017, 204 motorcycle fatalities took place on rural roads and 301 took place in urban areas
- Based on miles driven, it is estimated that a motorcyclist is 25 times more likely to be killed in an accident than the driver or passenger of a car
- 52 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2017 were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident
Most Dangerous Type of Accident
Based on accident data, the most dangerous type of crash for motorcyclists are head-on collisions between a motorcycle and a car. In many cases, a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a car will result in fatality for the motorcyclist. Intersections are where these types of accidents are most likely to occur.
According to statistics, 42 percent of accidents between a motorcycle and car involve the car striking the motorcycle when making a left-hand turn. The car either strikes the motorcycle as it is traveling straight from the oncoming lane of traffic (resulting in a head-on collision), or hits the motorcycle as it is attempting to pass or overtake the car.
Working with an Attorney
Because motorcycle accident injuries tend to be so severe, the physical, emotional, and financial losses can be significant. To ensure that their rights are fully protected following a collision, it is important that motorcycle accident victims work with an experienced attorney.
Roger “Rocky” Walton has years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims. He will work to help clients obtain the maximum compensation they are due after a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you can benefit from the experience and expertise of attorney Roger “Rocky” Walton. Contact us at your earliest convenience by calling (817) 429-4299.