Texas motorcycle accident statistics

December 4, 2009

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.

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