Mostly because they have almost no protection against an onrushing car, motorcycle riders are twenty-eight times more likely to die in these crashes. Even if they survive, riders often sustain incredibly serious injuries in these cases.
For example, the force of the impact normally throws riders off their bikes. When they land, they usually shatter their bones. As a result, doctors must use metal screws or pins to set the bones. Then, these victims face months or years of extensive, and expensive, physical therapy.
A Fort Worth motorcycle crash lawyer will fight for the compensation you need and deserve. This compensation usually includes money for economic damages, such as medical bills, and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Breaking Down a Motorcycle Crash
Inattention, alcohol, and speed cause most of the motorcycle wrecks in Fort Worth and elsewhere around Texas.
According to the landmark Hurt Report, about a third of motorcycle crashes are left-turn crashes. The tortfeasor (negligent driver), who is usually attempting a left turn against traffic, does not see the motorcycle and zooms directly into its path. In England, officials call these wrecks SMIDSY crashes (for “sorry, mate, I didn’t see you”). Indeed, most Texas riders who have gone down probably heard the other driver say something like “you came out of nowhere.” Typically, that means the tortfeasor was not paying attention to the road.
The aforementioned one-third proportion may be even higher in North Texas. Many motorists in these here parts drive large SUVs or pickup trucks, and these vehicles are difficult to see around.
Similarly, alcohol causes about a third of the fatal vehicle collisions in Tarrant County. The first sip of alcohol impairs judgment ability and motor skills. Without both these thing functioning at peak efficiency, it simply is not safe to operate vehicles or other heavy machinery.
Speed also causes a number of wrecks. Excessive velocity increases the risk of a collision and the force in a collision. Speed multiples stopping distance. At 60mph, a vehicle travels eighteen car lengths in the time it takes to slow down and stop. The risk is even higher if the driver was not keeping a sharp lookout in the first place.
Speed also multiplies the force in a collision between two objects. A low-speed fender bender is a high-speed serious injury accident. Again, the risk is even greater if the other driver, or motorcycle rider in this case, has little or no protection.
Motorcycle crashes often cause serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Fort Worth, contact Herreth Law. We do not charge upfront legal fees in negligence cases.