There has been such a significant increase in motorcycle accidents over the past decade that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been working on a study to determine the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. This data could help uncover the reasons for the increase in these unfortunate accidents.
However, it is not just the number of accidents that matter. Rather, the Austin motorcycle accident common causes also need to be addressed in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that happen on our roads.
Young People and Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the common trends of motorcycle accidents can be determined by examining statistics. The Texas Department of Transportation compiled a report that included some shocking information about the ages of the people who are most often involved in these accidents. Without a doubt, motorcyclists ages twenty-four through twenty-six were the most likely to be involved.
Drivers twenty-four years old sustained 112 non-incapacitating injuries
Drivers twenty-five years old suffered twenty-one deaths
Drivers twenty-six years old experienced sixty-five incapacitating injuries
Driver Inattention Is the Most Common Cause
One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents (and many other types of accidents) that occur on Austin roads is driver inattention—not just on the motorcyclist’s part, but also on the part of other drivers. This indicates that drivers in general need to be more aware of their surroundings, but it might also indicate that motorcyclists need further training to ensure they do not travel in the blind spots of other drivers.
Driver inattention can cause motorists to cut off motorcyclists and possibly even force them off the road. As motorcyclists are completely exposed to the impact of a crash, this nearly always leads to serious injuries for the biker. These types of accidents are usually entirely preventable, providing the injured party with grounds for a lawsuit.
Other Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In addition to driver inattentiveness, there are numerous other potential causes of motorcycle accidents:
As you can see, most Austin motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence on someone’s part—whether another driver, a parts manufacturer, or a government agency. When this happens, the at-fault party should be held responsible for their actions, regardless of who they are.
Our Lawyers Can Help
Whether you were the driver of the car or the motorcycle, if you were injured due to someone else’s poor decision, you could be entitled to financial compensation to help you move forward. The lawyers at Colley & Colley, LLP have the experience and dedication that could enable you to get the justice you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us at 1-512-477-2001. You may also contact us by completing and submitting the form at the bottom of this page.