Annually Texans Suffer Hundreds of Deadly Motorcycle Accidents.
Motorcycles are increasing in popularity, and that means that motorcycle accidents are on the rise as well. In 2007 there were 375 motorcyclists killed in the state of Texas. Austin is in no way immune to the deadly nature of motorcycle accidents.
People who are involved in motorcycle accidents experience far greater injuries than those sustained in regular car accidents. A motorcyclist is 15 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger in a car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is because motorcycles don’t offer as much protection as a car and are hard to spot on the road.
This being said, it’s a good idea to know more about motorcycle accidents and what to do if you or someone you know is involved in one.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident remain calm, get the facts (date, time location, other party’s information, witness information), remember to say nothing to the authorities and notify your insurance company. It is also a good idea to get medical attention even if you don’t think you injuries are severe. And as in any accidents in Austin where you or a loved one is seriously injured through no fault of your own, it is a smart idea to retain an Austin motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. They will work to help you receive the medical expense and other compensation you deserve.
Wear A Helmet and You’re Much More Likely To Survive An Austin Motorcycle Accident
The NHTSA estimates that helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities. If you are involved in an accident and you weren’t wearing a helmet go to a doctor immediately, even if there are no signs of injury, because you may have a closed-head injury.
Closed-head injuries are injuries that happen inside of the head without any physical signs of damage. Symptoms of closed-head injuries include:
- Loss of short-term memory
Doctors will do routine tests to make sure there are no internal injuries after an accident, but sometimes not even an MRI can detect these kinds of injuries. If you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an accident go to the doctor immediately, if left untreated brain damage can occur.
If you own a motorcycle it is also a good idea to regularly check your motorcycle insurance policy limits. Remember, full coverage doesn’t mean all expenses will be covered in an accident, it only means that you will be covered in all areas. Coverage includes:
- Liability – covers you for personal injury damages you have caused to someone else
- Property damage – covers you for damage you do to someone else’s property
- Uninsured/underinsured – covers you if you are injured by someone with no insurance or someone who can’t cover all your expenses
- Collision – covers repairs to your vehicle
- Comprehensive – covers theft of your vehicle or parts
- Medical – covers payments for your medical bills
Umbrella coverage is the best coverage if you can afford it. Umbrella covers cases in which the damages are extensive. In these cases you will know you are covered no matter what the cost.