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Texas motorcycle accidents are increasing in frequency

There may be no greater state in America for riding a motorcycle than Texas. Stunning vistas, exciting destinations and long, open highways make the state a fantastic place to ride.

Small wonder, then, that the number of motorcycles registered in Texas more than doubled between 2000 and 2014 to 445,395. And Harris County ranks in the top 10 counties in the state for motorcycle registration.

Motorcyclists are at the mercy of other motorists

With all these motorbikes on the road, the possibility of an accident involving another vehicle is always high. Unfortunately, when a motorcycle and a larger vehicle interact, the motorcyclist is highly vulnerable to significant injury.

In fact, statistics compiled by Texas A&M show that of the more than 8,000 motorcycle crashes in Texas in 2015, 28 percent resulted in a fatal or incapacitating injury. By comparison, only 14 percent ended with no injury.

For those who ride in urban areas, like Houston, it is worth noting that 70 percent of motorcycle crashes happen in urban areas. But countryside riders beware: more than one-third of rural accidents led to a fatal or debilitating injury.

What causes motorcycle collisions?

Some accidents really are just that - incidents for which no one can be blamed. Many crashes involving a motorcycle and a car or truck, however, can be attributed to driver error. A few common reasons include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to signal or check before changing lanes

The high cost of motorcycle accidents

As previously noted, motorcyclists are highly exposed, and, therefore, subject to serious injury in an accident. Some of the possible outcomes of a motorcycle crash are:

  • Loss of a limb or other extremity
  • Brain/spinal cord injury
  • Road rash
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • High medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Missed time at work/inability to return to work

Any one of these possibilities could have a long-term impact on the life of a motorcycle accident victim and his or her family.

What to do if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident

First and foremost, after an accident it is important to get the medical care you need. In order to focus on your eventual recovery, however, it may be helpful to have someone else handle the insurance companies on your behalf.

A personal injury law firm, with professionals who are motorcycle riders and enthusiasts like you, might be just the place to turn in your time of need.

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