Motorcyclists face dangers from other drivers

This summer, motorcyclists in Texas can face traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries in crashes with other vehicles.

This is the best time of year for people who love motorcycles, but it can also be one of the most dangerous times. Summer biking is great in Texas when the weather is perfect for enjoying the freedom of the open road. However, according to Esurance, June, July and August are known for having the largest number of motorcycle crashes out of any other month.

In part, this can be due to the fact that traffic is heavier in the summer than other months. There is also an increased likelihood of teen drivers on the roads now that they are out of school. However, a driver does not have to be inexperienced to miss seeing a motorcycle in his or her blind spot, to unwittingly turn in front of one or to follow too closely. Many drivers do not understand the unique ways that motorcycles operate, and that they do not share the same characteristics of larger vehicles.

Recent Texas crash illustrates dangers

This point was shown with a recent accident that injured two motorcyclists in Socorro, reported KFox14. Last May, two motorcycles were struck by a pickup truck that allegedly turned in front of them as they approached. The driver had failed to yield, and may have misjudged the motorcycles' speed or distance from the truck. Both bikers were hospitalized, one with serious injuries.

Motorcycle injuries are often grave

Bikers lack the protection of other vehicles and are much lighter, which greatly increases the risk of life-threatening injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, head injuries are the most common risks that motorcyclists face, even when wearing a helmet. Other common injuries include:

  • Serious fractures, especially to the arms and legs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Spine and neck injuries
  • Friction burns (road rash) that can be disfiguring

Consumer Reports states that wearing a helmet can reduce some of the risks that motorcyclists face, but it does not guarantee a biker will avoid a traumatic brain injury or other wounds. Many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets, but helmet use is only required for motorcyclists and riders under the age of 20 in Texas.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 463 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Texas last year. Those who survive a motorcycle accident can face lifelong complications from their injuries. Victims of motorcycle crashes that resulted from another driver's negligence may be able to receive compensation for their injuries and other losses.

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