Texas motorcycle accident statistics
According to the latest information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 375 motorcyclists killed in Texas in 2007. Of those killed, 60% were not wearing helmets. Also, 39% of the Texas motorcyclists killed in 2007 had a blood alcohol content of greater than .08.
Overall, the NHTSA report shows that both motorcycle accident deaths and injuries are on the rise across the nation. In fact, on a per mile traveled basis, a motorcycle rider is about 35 times more likely to be in an traffic accident than someone in a passenger car.
The most common type of motorcycle accidents are those involving another motor vehicle, which accounts for 50% of all motorcycle accidents.
Alcohol plays a major role in motorcycle safety, with 41% of motorcyclists who died in a single-vehicle accident in 2007 having had a BAC level of .08 or greater.
Helmet use is another critical safety issue. The NHTSA estimates helmets to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries, which means that for every 100 motorcyclists killed in an accident while not wearing a helmet, 37 of them would have survived if all 100 had worn helmets.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident, contact Fears | Nachawati today for free legal assistance. Simply email us or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584 to speak with one of our experienced Texas motorcycle accident attorneys.