Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Arlington Texas
Motorcycle riding can be tremendously exhilarating and an economical way of getting around. It is a great way to relax on the weekend with your friends or go out in the country and lose yourself for a while. Riding in Arlington is much different than riding in the countryside. Arlington traffic can be difficult to navigate and, coupled with persistent problems like distracted driving and drunk driving, riding a motorcycle in Arlington can be hazardous.
If you suffered injuries or a family member died in a motorcycle accident in Arlington, Texas, our firm is ready to help. The Fulgham Hampton Law Group Arlington motorcycle accident attorneys possess the skill, knowledge, and determination necessary to help you obtain the settlement that you deserve.
Texas Motorcycle Crash Statistics
In the state of Texas, one person dies every 2 hours in an accident, according to statistic compiled by the Texas Department of Transportation. In 2016, 3,773 people died on Texas’ roads. Among them, 496 were either operating a motorcycle or was a passenger on a motorcycle. Over half of those killed (53%) were not wearing an approved motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash.
Also in 2016, 2,008 motorcycle accidents occurred resulting in incapacitating injuries. The Texas DOT defines incapacitating injury as more severe than a serious injury. Just over half of the motorcycle operators and their passengers wore helmets and suffered incapacitating injuries in 2016. To illustrate how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be in Texas, 49 people suffered non-incapacitating injuries in 2016 motorcycle accidents and almost 70% of those who did not suffer a serious injury were wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
What Makes an Arlington Motorcycle Crash So Hazardous?
Arlington streets are crowded and there are more vehicles on the road than ever before. Unfortunately, that means more drivers on the streets, thereby increasing the amount of intoxicated, distracted, fatigued, and aggressive drivers on Arlington’s streets. Driver inattentiveness, whether the driver is texting, playing with the radio, talking on the phone, or adjusting the GPS device, is at an all-time high. Motorcycle operators and their passengers are at the mercy of drivers who refuse to pay attention to their surroundings. Motorcycle riders must also be aware of road problems like potholes, debris, and water on the road surface. Those are issues someone operating a car need not worry most of the time.
Motorcycle designs are not conducive to protecting their riders. Obviously, motorcycles do not have crumple zones, automated crash detection systems, airbags, or even seatbelts. Motorcycle manufacturers do not make bikes to survive a collision; they make bikes to avoid collisions. It is therefore incumbent on the motorcycle to avoid crashes. Not only does the cyclist suffer damage when struck by the other vehicle, they suffer additional damage when striking the ground also.
Motorcyclists can avoid crashes by making sure they watch their speed; do not weave in and out of traffic, stay out of other drivers’ blind spots to the extent possible, and not drive after drinking. Additionally, cyclists can increase their chances of surviving a crash by wearing an approved motorcycle helmet at all times. Some motorcycle riders like to ride without a helmet; that is that individual’s prerogative. However, wearing a helmet increases the risk of dying in a crash.
Motorcycle operators must remain vigilant at all times. Failing to keep a close eye on other motorists could lead the motorcycle rider into a precarious situation.
Help for Your Arlington Motorcycle Accident is Just a Phone Call Away
The Fulgham Hampton Law Group is available at all hours to take your call. Contact Fulgham Hampton Law Group’s Arlington motorcycle accident attorneys today at 817-697-4400 to make an appointment to speak with our experienced and skilled motorcycle accident attorneys.