Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries and even death to the rider. The Texas Department of Transportation offers several safety reminders to drivers to help avoid an accident.
Motorcyclists have a right to share the road with drivers. Drivers should look before changing lanes, including checking their blind spots and using turn signals. They should also maintain a safe distance behind motorcycles, obey the posted speed limit and slow down in conditions that it may make it harder to see motorcyclists like at night or when it is raining.
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that nearly one-third of motorcycle accident fatalities happen at intersections, so it is especially important for drivers to pay attention and fully stop. Also, distracted driving like answering the phone, texting or changing the radio station while driving can also lead to serious accidents and should be avoided.
Riders are at risk of several common, but serious, injuries if they are hit by a driver. These include brain injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries and amputations.
They may also suffer from an injury called road rash. Road rash occurs when the rider’s skin comes in contact with a rough surface, like pavement. The rider’s knees, elbows and ankles can be especially susceptible to road rash because those areas of the body usually have less protection.
Even with mild road rash, the rider can suffer an abrasion that causes pain and bleeding. When these abrasions are accompanied by dirt, glass or other foreign bodies that are typical in a motorcycle accident, it can be especially debilitating for the rider.
If a motorcycle rider has been in an accident, an experienced attorney can provide representation and pursue compensation on his or her behalf.