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Motorcycle Accidents in Texas

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A closer look at the causes and consequences of motorcycle crashes.

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Motorcycle Accidents in Texas

  1. 1. Motorcycle Accidents in Texas A closer look at the causes and consequences of motorcycle crashes.
  2. 2. The Best State for Bikers? Shorelines, mountain peaks, long stretches of desert, city skylines - Texas boasts so many changes of scenery and, by far, more miles of road than any other state in the country. It makes perfect sense that so many motorists choose motorcycles to take in the beautiful landscape of the Lone Star State. But as bikers know all too well, other motorists can pose a major threat to the safety of motorcyclists in Texas. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  3. 3. Statistics on Motorcycle Crashes in Texas • Every year, around 480 motorcyclists are killed on Texas roads. • There are roughly 2,000 motorcycle crashes that leave drivers or passengers with incapacitating injuries. • Around 25% of motorcycle accidents occur when another vehicle turns left in front of an oncoming motorcycle, making intersections particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  4. 4. Motorcyclists and Crash Rates Motorcyclist fatalities occur at nearly 29 times the rate of other types of motorists involved in crashes. They are six times more likely to be injured in a crash. Some motorcycle types are especially dangerous. For example, supersport motorcyclist death rates are four times greater than that of bikers on other types of motorcycles. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  5. 5. Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes • Distraction • Driver impairment • Speeding • Failing to give oncoming motorcyclists adequate space at an intersection • Following motorcyclists too closely CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  6. 6. Motorcycle Accidents Have Major Consequences A motorcycle crash can be devastating for a biker. Consequences may include… • Serious injuries, such as head injuries, spinal injuries, organ damage, paralysis, and broken bones • Pain, suffering and emotional trauma • Expensive medical treatment • Loss of income or work capacity • Diminished quality of life • Death. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  7. 7. What Other Drivers Should Know… All drivers should know how to safely share the road with motorcyclists. Remember, • Motorcyclists might be traveling faster than they appear. • Motorcycles can brake quickly and should be given adequate space. • Be mindful of bikers at intersections because they are less visible than other motorists. • Give motorcyclists a full lane just as you would any other type of vehicle. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  8. 8. Words of Wisdom to New Bikers • Pick the right size and type of motorcycle. • Take safety courses and practice defensive driving. • Wear appropriate attire and gear to better protect yourself from injuries. • If possible, ride with more experienced bikers to learn better safety practices. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  9. 9. Helmets Can Save Lives Approximately half of motorcyclists killed in Texas are not wearing helmets at the time of the crash. In Texas, motorcyclists under the age of 21 are required to wear helmets. All motorcyclists should consider wearing a safety helmet. Helmets can reduce a motorcyclist’s chances of death by 37% and head injury by 69%. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  10. 10. The Stigma Tied to Bikers Bikers often have a passion for motorcycles. They love the open road and typically follow best safety practices. Unfortunately, bikers are unfairly stereotyped and given less respect than they deserve. When this lack of respect occurs on our roads and bikers suffer a serious injury at the hands of a negligent driver, motorcyclists deserve compensation for their damages. Insurance companies can also try to use bikers’ stigma against them and offer less than they deserve. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  11. 11. Standing Up for the Rights of Injured Motorcyclists At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we make sure that our clients get the payment they deserve. We represent motorcyclists across Texas, and we encourage you to reach out to our firm to learn more about your legal options. Whether it’s holding a negligent driver accountable for their actions, or making sure insurers pay our clients what they’re owed, we work hard to get you the best possible results. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM
  12. 12. Contact Terry Bryant to Learn More If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Texas, contact our personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation. Terry Bryant is a Board Certified personal injury lawyer and former judge. Put our experience to work for you. CONTACT US TODAY: 800.444.5000 WWW.TERRYBRYANT.C OM

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