Motorcycle Accident FAQ

Info Provided by Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

In 2010, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that over the past decade motorcycle accidents had increased by over 100 percent and non-fatal injuries increased with it by about 95 percent. Motorcycle accidents are becoming exceedingly more common, but it is not common for these types of accidents to be thoroughly investigated by federal or even state investigators through the NTSB or DOT. Your motorcycle accident deserves the care and attention of a dedicated attorney. Below, we have provided a list of some of the most common questions about motorcycle accidents. For more in-depth information about these accidents or your accident in particular, call and speak with a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm today.

What are the helmet laws for motorcyclists in Texas?
Statistically, helmets are supposed to reduce the risk of dying in a motorcycle accident by 37 percent. As of 2010, Texas possessed partial helmet laws, rather than universal helmet laws. That is, only certain riders are required to wear helmets. Senate Bill 1967 was signed into law which repealed the former helmet exemption sticker program in Texas.

What are the motorcycle accident statistics in Texas?
The latest motorcycle accident statistics for the state of Texas indicate that 479 bikers were killed in 2011. More than half of these motorcyclists were not wearing helmets at the time of their crash. There are a variety of causes of these accidents. In some cases, the motorcyclist was at-fault while in other cases, a driver of a passenger vehicle or commercial motor vehicle was at fault.

Is lane splitting legal for bikers?
Lane splitting is the practice of operating a motorcycle in between lanes. Motorcycles often drive in between vehicles in order to avoid having to stop with the flow of traffic. This practice is also referred to as lane sharing or stripe-riding. Lane splitting has not been legalized, but it is also not expressly against the law. Lane splitting is somewhat controversial. If you were involved in an accident in which you were lane splitting, you should consult with a Houston motorcycle accident attorney from our firm.

How visible are motorcycles to drivers?
Due to the small size of motorcycles, they may be hard for other drivers to detect. Motorcycles can easily slip into a driver's blind spot. The larger the vehicle, the bigger its blind spots will be. This means that accidents between motorcycles and large vehicles can be more common. To increase awareness about visibility-related accidents, the NHTSA has implemented "Share the Road: Look for Motorcyclists" campaign in states across the nation.

What safety equipment is required for motorcyclists?
The most important piece of safety equipment a driver can wear is a helmet, but the NTSB also recommends that bikers wear gloves, sturdy shoes and other types of protective gear. While these extras may not be required, they can be vital for safety and lessen the severity of injuries following an accident. When motorcyclists are licensed, they will be informed of and tested on their knowledge of current safety equipment regulations.

What are some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries?
As far as minor injuries are concerned, road rash is one of the most common. Road rash is the term used to describe the scraping of skin across the asphalt. Road rash can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. More severe injuries often include broken bones and spinal cord damage. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, our firm could help you fight for medical compensation to cover the cost of treatment for your injuries.