His $6,000,000 jury verdict in Browning v. Colonial Freight Lines was considered one of the largest in Waco federal court history. 6:06-cv-00181-WSS, Browning v. Colonial Freight Systems, Inc., United State District Court, Western District of Texas.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable on roads and highways, second only to pedestrians and bicyclists. The Insurance Information Institution reported 5,172 in motorcycle accidents in 2017. This tragic statistic rings an alarm for more to be done to ensure the wellbeing of those who lack protection from the elements such as motorcyclists.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles offer zero protection to its riders, which causes the impact of even a minor accident to be multiplied resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. Motorcyclists can take all precautions necessary including safety training and safety gear such as helmets and still not stand a chance against a negligent driver. Unfortunately motorcyclists must face a multitude of obstacles every day they’re on the road.
Similar to pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcyclists must maintain their visibility to other drivers. When motor vehicle drivers’ attention is diverted from the road, they directly endanger the motorcyclists they can no longer see. Drivers engaging in distracted driving behaviors are often:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Eating and drinking
- Changing the radio station
- Checking social media while driving
- Being distracted by vehicle occupants
While these actions may seem minor they result in thousands of accidents each year. A driver’s attention should always be focused on the road so they can anticipate and readily react to traffic and driver behavior.
Drivers who drive while impaired put the lives of those with whom they share the road at risk. Drunk drivers are less likely to have clear vision, adequate reaction timing, and other key components necessary to travel safely. Impaired drivers are less likely to notice a motorcyclist and less likely to properly execute driving maneuvers – such as proper lane changes – that could kill a rider.
Unmaintained roads are serious hazards for motorcyclists. The design of a motorcycle is not equipped to handle road debris and hazards that passenger vehicles and large trucks can. A simple pothole can prove fatal for a motorcycle. When cities fail to keep roadways clear, motorcyclists are at risk when they have to swerve to miss hitting an object, which could result in a domino-like effect of other accidents.
Improper Driving Maneuvers
Drivers who make improper lane changes without signaling, without signals from traffic lights, or simply change lanes without looking can inflict serious injuries or kill unsuspecting motorcycle riders. In addition to improper lane changes, left turns are another deadly driving maneuver passenger vehicle drivers make that puts the lives of motorcyclists at risk.
Injuries Associated with Accidents
Motorcycles lack the features motor vehicles are designed with that aim to protect occupants in the event of a crash. Because of this, motorcycle accident injuries are more catastrophic. Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns and road rash
- Deep lacerations
Serious injuries can alter a person’s life and impose severe financial burdens on an individual and their loved ones. Unfortunately for motorcyclists, the survival rate associated with motorcycle-related collisions leaves riders 27 times more likely to die in an accident than those in a passenger vehicle.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Drivers of all vehicles deserve the peace of mind of knowing they will safely arrive at their destinations. Unfortunately, because of negligent drivers and poor road maintenance, motorcyclists are disproportionately affected by road hazards. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. There is limited time to act following your accident in Texas, so don’t delay in contacting experienced accident attorney John Flood to aggressively and efficiently fight for your rights.