Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to major injury if they should ever be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Motorcyclists are open to the elements and have far less protection than drivers of cars, trucks or SUVs. They don’t have safety belts or air bags and, most importantly, they don’t have the frame of the vehicle to protect them. A biker has a significantly lower chance of surviving a road accident than does the driver of another type of vehicle.
Most bikers are enthusiastic about riding and love to travel on the open road. Even more importantly, motorcycle riders in Texas have the same right to use the roads as other car or truck drivers. Sadly, many car drivers to not recognize that right and continue to drive recklessly in the presence of the motorcyclists. Drivers often pass too closely or fail to properly yield to motorcycles. As a result, bikers are exposed to a higher risk of accidents.
Possible Causes For Motorcycle Accidents
Many motorcycle accidents are simply caused by driver negligence. Road negligence comes in various forms. Here are a few examples:
- Opening the door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Not checking blind spots before making a turn or changing lanes
- Failing to use signals when turning
- Insufficient space allowed when passing a motorcycle
- Failing to allow a motorcycle the full width of a traffic lane
- Speeding in the vicinity of a motorcycle
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
In cases where a car accident has injured a motorcycle rider, there are certain things that you should and should not do. You should follow important safety protocol and take the following actions:
- Call the emergency services as soon as possible.
- Stay with the injured victim until help arrives.
- Keep the victim calm and alert by talking to him or her.
- Do not attempt to move injured riders unless it is unsafe to leave them where they fall.
- Never remove a rider’s helmet because of the risk of head or neck injury.
Possible Motorcycle Accident Injuries
As is also true with bicycle accidents, there is a greater chance of severe injuries in motorcycle accidents. Some of the injuries possible include:
- Road rash and skin abrasions
- Broken bones
- Internal trauma
- Brain damage
- Back and spinal injuries
- Traumatic fatal injuries
In addition to the physical scarring that can come from an accident, there is an emotional toll that comes from escalating medical expenses, the inability to adjust to crippling injuries or perhaps from mourning the loss of a loved one. The psychological damage from such a horrific event can also be long lasting. Many victims never fully recover. You have the right to explore all of your options and you deserve to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone is working tirelessly on your behalf.