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Are motorcyclists more at risk than other drivers?

In a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle, the motorcyclist seldom comes out ahead. Motorcyclists may take extra precautions, such as wearing a helmet and defensive driving. Special training and licensing may also improve safety and reduce the chance of a motorcycle accident. However, the sheer mass of other vehicles on the road can create forces of impact that inflict devastating damage and injuries to motorcycles and their riders.

Notably, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms that motorcycles accounted for 15 percent of traffic fatalities in the United States in 2012, despite comprising only 3 percent of the registered vehicles in that year. NHTSA data also indicates that a disproportionate number of motorcycle riders are also involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes, compared to other intoxicated drivers. A recent story provides context. 

According to Texas authorities, a motorcyclist driving in the vicinity of State Highway 6 and Adams Street in the early morning hours may have been intoxicated. He apparently lost control. Unfortunately, he was also transporting a passenger, who was thrown and struck her head on a guardrail. Tragically, neither the man nor his passenger had helmets. The head trauma suffered by the passenger proved to be fatal, and the man also suffered serious injuries.

Texas authorities gave the man a breath test when they arrived on the scene, and a subsequent blood test indicated the presence of marijuana and amphetamines in the man's blood. To add insult to injury, the man allegedly did not have a license to operate the motorcycle.

A motorcyclist must adhere to the same standard of safe driving expected from all motorists on the road. When that standard is breached due to negligence, the injured victim or surviving loved ones may have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. With the help of an experienced attorney, the outcome of that lawsuit may provide compensation to the crash victim or loved ones.

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald, "Man indicted in alleged impaired driving death," Olivia Messer, Nov. 5, 2014

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