Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Beaumont, TexasServing Clients in Southeast Texas including Orange, Hardin, Newton, and Jasper Counties and cities such as Beaumont, Jasper, Liberty, Lumberton, Port Arthur, Nederland, Groves, Silsbee, Vidor, Orange and Winnie Statistics show that motorcycles riders are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than occupants of other vehicles. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or death because as a biker you are vulnerable, with little or no protection during a crash. In addition to the risk of inadequate protection during impact, you may experience biker bias where other drivers or jury members regard you as a reckless individual—merely because you are a biker. At Bush Lewis, our motorcycle accident lawyers represent seriously injured bikers in accidents to help them overcome the challenges inherent to their cases. We help them protect their rights; obtain compensation entitled by law, and get back on their feet again. We also represent the families of bikers who have lost loved ones through fatal accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers or responsible parties.
Motorcycle Accident StatisticsThe American Motorcyclist Association reported in 2009 that U.S. motorcycle accident fatalities dropped for the first time since 1997. Motorcycle accident deaths based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2009 fatality report showed close to a 10 percent decline of 5,312 in 2008 to 4,462 or in 2009. Motorcycle fatality statistical trends over the past 30 years showed a drop by 60 percent from 1980 to 1997, and then a consistent rise from 1997 to 2008. Fatalities nearly doubled from 2,294 in 1998 to 5,290 in 2008. The NHTSA 2009 fatality report indicated that the fatality statistic for all motor vehicles accidents was 30,797, which means motorcycle accident fatalities were approximately one sixth of all traffic fatalities. Yet, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), motorcycles only comprise two percent of the vehicles on the road. This statistic provides a greater perspective and understanding of the risk for motorcycle accident deaths.
Causes of Motorcycle AccidentsIn an effort to obtain a modern day understanding of why motorcycle accidents occur, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began undertaking a new motorcycle crash causation study in 2009. The four-year study is funded by $3 million and is being conducted by Oklahoma State University. Until the new study is completed, experts rely on the “Hurt Report,” a study overseen by Harry Hurt and published in 1981. This was the last comprehensive motorcycle crash research done. It was conducted at the University of Southern California and still provides valuable information about the causes of motorcycle accidents. Guidelines for motorcycle safety issues based on the study have been used by bikers and others throughout the years. Some salient points in the Hurt Report include:
- 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle.
- Roadway defects caused 2 percent of motorcycle accidents.
- In 66 percent of multiple vehicle accidents, the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
- The predominant cause of motorcycle accidents was other motorists’ failure to detect the motorcycle. Most motorists did not see the motorcyclist before the collision or saw the cyclist after it was too late to prevent the collision.
- The most common accident pattern was a motorcycle driving straight ahead and another motorist making a left turn in front of the oncoming vehicle.
- Intersections had the highest incidence of motorcycle accidents, and generally other motorists were violating the motorcycle right-of-way or other traffic controls.
- In 98 percent of motorcycle accidents, weather was not a factor.
- Most motorcycle accidents occurred during a short trip from home—for an errand, shopping, visiting friends, or recreation.
- Use of motorcycle headlights or brightly colored jackets increased visibility and reduced multiple vehicle accidents.
- Motorcycle vehicle defects were rarely the cause of motorcycle accidents.
- The less training or experience the motorcyclist had, the greater the propensity for being involved in an accident.
- The motorcyclist typically had just less than two seconds to complete an action that avoided a collision.
- Motorcycle injury severity increased with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
The Value of a Skilled Motorcycle Accident LawyerWhile the Hurt Study shows that in most cases, bikers are not at fault for motorcycle accidents, proving the facts in a case and convincing the insurance company or judge and jury presents a significant challenge. Ken Lewis and Don Bush are both Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and have a recognized background and expertise in personal injury cases. Our trial lawyers have worked hard to understand motorcycle rider accidents and the challenges of these unique cases. Our extensive experience gathering evidence, developing effective case strategies, and effectively negotiating with insurance companies lets our experienced trial team successfully pursue litigation, when needed, to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Beaumont Motorcycle LawyerIf you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our Beaumont motorcycle accident lawyers today. We represent clients throughout Southeast Texas in the Golden Triangle (Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties, along with Newton and Jasper Counties) and in the Beaumont, Marshall, Tyler and Lufkin Divisions of East Texas. Call 409-835-3521 today.
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