Texas Motorcycle Fatalities Down In 2012, Still Higher Than A Decade Ago
8 May 2013No Comments
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), motorcycle deaths in Texas dropped by an encouraging 6% in 2012, after more than a decade of rising fatality rates among motorcycle riders in the state. Unfortunately, motorcycle accident deaths have been on the rise nationally since the 1990’s, and the rate in Texas alone has skyrocketed 56% since 2004, while other traffic accident deaths have seen a steady decline. In light of these statistics, the TxDOT has named May National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and has launched a public awareness campaign in an effort to reduce the risk of motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities statewide. If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Texas, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal crash, contact our qualified motorcycle accident attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries And Fatalities
Reports issued by the TxDOT indicate that 460 people were killed in scooter and motorcycle accidents in 2012, compared to 488 Texas motorcycle fatalities a year earlier. Despite this decline, motorcycle crashes remain a major cause of serious injury and fatality in Texas and nationwide, with a leading cause being negligence on the part of other motorists. According to research from Texas A&M University’s Transportation Institute, more than half of motorcycle crashes occurred when another driver failed to see the motorcyclist. “Motorists often report that they didn’t see the motorcyclists,” said Mark Cross, a transportation department spokesman. “Seeing them and being aware of them tends to be one of the main problems.” Unfortunately, nearly 90% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, with 56% occurring in Texas cities and 44% in rural areas.
Our Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help You File A Claim
According to officials with the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency has not yet finished collecting information about 2012 fatality statistics, but the Governors Highway Safety Association projects that motorcycle accident deaths increased nationally in 2012, which would be the 14th time in as many years. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your Texas motorcycle accident injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The consequences associated with a serious motorcycle accident can be long-lasting; don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights today.