Research shows that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die and 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident than people traveling in passenger cars. This discrepancy can be explained by the number of unique risks motorcyclists face while on the road.
First, motorcycles are more difficult to operate than a regular passenger vehicle. If a motorcyclist does not learn the skills required to ride, they are more likely to lose control and end up in an accident. Also, due to their smaller size, motorcycles are often harder for other motorists to see, as they can be hidden by other vehicles, particularly at intersections. Road and weather conditions can also make it more difficult to spot a motorcycle.
Road hazards, including potholes and debris, can prove to be especially dangerous for a motorcycle. Additionally, a motorcycle may experience a misalignment of the front and rear tires, causing it to shake at higher rates of speed due to instability at the front end.
Because of the above risks, more than one party can be held liable for a motorcyclist’s injuries and damages following a motorcycle accident. Generally, the driver of a passenger vehicle that struck the motorcycle, may be liable for failing to keep a proper lookout or failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection. The motorcyclist may also be partially at fault for failing to wear a helmet, driving recklessly, or failing to keep a proper lookout. In Texas, as long as the motorcyclist is less than 51 percent at fault for the accident, they can still recover damages, which will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. Finally, if the motorcycle experiences misalignment or some other mechanical issue, the manufacturer of the bike can also be held liable for the motorcyclist’s accident.
An attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents can help you file a claim to recover damages after your accident.