There’s a lot to consider when trying to stay safe on the roads. Traffic patterns, hazardous weather, and roadway conditions are a few of the more commonly discussed topics. But what if your own vehicle posed the biggest threat? By using your VIN, you can check if your car or motorcycle is qualified for a safety recall.
In the state of Texas, getting your drivers license when you turn 16 is a typical milestone on your journey to adulthood. In northern states and denser metropolitan areas, obtaining a drivers license immediately may not be such a household tradition, as many families rely heavily on public transportation. The wide open plains of Texas are filled with drivers bustling to and from work, home, and travel. However, smaller personal vehicles sharing the road with commercial-grade trucks can pose a very real threat to your daily routine.
Over the last two decades, the number of vehicles on Texas highways increased by 23%, which was 7 points higher than the national average of 16%. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2017 there were more than 16,000 large-truck crashes in Texas. There were also 7% more of these crashes than the previous year.
The larger, longer, and heavier the truck, the more severe the car wreck. Massive commercial-grade trucks are difficult to pass in heavy traffic, and they also take a longer time and distance to come to a complete stop. This additional force wears through their brakes, tires, and other safety features at a faster rate.
The Texas Police Chiefs Association as well as the North Texas Police Chiefs Association are joining forces to keep our roads as safe as possible. They have both opposed legislation to add larger, heavier trucks on Texas roadways.
Every driver can do their part to proactively avoid automobile accidents by minimizing distractions and staying observant of their surroundings. Keep in mind that large-scale trucks have a delayed response time, and take longer to speed up and slow down. Adding extra special padding around your vehicle can help compensate for this potential hazard.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need the most trustworthy legal advocates on your side.
After more than 25 years representing injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced team of professional accident attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley have seen the consequences of negligence first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of a car wreck which was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that motorcycle accidents are far more deadly than other types of vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles are 35 times more likely to be deadly than car accidents. Think about that for a second – 35 times more likely to cause death. That fact is simply staggering.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents are bad road and weather conditions, neglecting to use turn signals, speeding, driving while under the influence, poor visibility and other drivers not noticing “smaller” vehicles.
Motorcyclists also often lane-split, i.e. drive between two lanes. Most of us have experienced this craziness. Not only is the cyclist being reckless, he or she is literally asking for trouble. Other drivers get angry, and lane-splitting can often result in wrecks. But obviously the primary reason that fatalities are so high on motorcycles is that they simply don’t offer the protection of cars, trucks, vans, etc. Although helmets can help save lives, there is little else a cyclist can rely on for protection should an accident occur.
Laws require helmets but many cyclists ignore them, despite the fact that they are 40% more likely to die from head injuries without helmets. It is estimated that wearing a helmet is 37% more likely to prevent a crash fatality in general.
When driving a motorcycle, obey traffic laws which are put in place for your own safety. Also don’t get cocky. Just because you’re on two wheels, it doesn’t mean you own the road. Be respectful of other drivers, always wear a helmet, never lane-split, don’t pull stunts and stay keenly aware of road conditions.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced DFW motorcycle accident attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilly today. Call 214-526-7900 so we can get you on the road to recovery.
More than 5,000 people were killed riding motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2015, close to an all-time high, and a 10 percent increase over 2014’s figure.
Even though motorcyclists accounted for less than one percent of total miles driven, they accounted for a staggering 14 percent of all traffic deaths in 2015.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) there were a total of 35,092 people killed on U.S. roads in 2015; a 7.2 percent increase over 2014
Key reasons for the 5,010 fatalities were increased permissiveness from states for riding without a helmet, demographic surges in motorcycle ownership in the 20 to 29-year-old and 50 to 59-year-old age groups, and an increase in riding while impaired.
In Michigan, which saw a 23 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities, state highway safety officials cited the repeal of Michigan’s all-rider helmet law in 2012 as a factor in the increase in fatalities, the report said.
Texas used to require all riders to wear a helmet, but the law was repealed in September of 1997. That same month, there was a “sudden upward trend” in motorcycle fatalities in the state. One study even showed that a few years later, the number of motorcycle deaths had increased by 30 percent.
According to NHTSA, wearing a helmet decreases the risk of dying in a motorcycle crash by 37 percent. In 2013 – the more recent year data was collected – an estimated 1,630 lives were saved in the U.S. by motorcycle helmets; an estimated 715 additional fatalities could have been prevented if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. In addition, the CDC mentions how a universal helmet law is the most-effective method for not only saving lives, but also money. In 2013, $1.1 billion could have been saved in 2013 if every motorcycle rider had chosen to wear a helmet.
Reyes Browne Reilley is a Dallas, Texas, based Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated personal injury law firm. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers have a nearly combined 100 years experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury, business, and dangerous prescription drug & device litigation.