Texas Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Texas Motorcycle Accident Statistics Brought to You by Injury Attorney Michael Grossman

The following motorcycle accident statistics are a sobering reminder of the daily occurrence and severity of motorcycle wrecks in Texas:

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  • There are over 400,000 motorcyclists in Texas.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) reports that two-thirds of all Texas motorcycle accidents result in the serious injury or death of the motorcyclist.
  • 434 fatal motorcycle accidents occurred in 2009.
    • This equaled 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in Texas for that year.
  • Approximately 5,800 motorcycle riders or motorcycle passengers suffered injury in a motorcycle wreck in 2009.
  • 480 motorcyclists were killed in 2008.
    • 38% were wearing a helmet.
    • 38% were intoxicated at the time of the accident, i.e. BAC level greater than .08.
    • 46% had a BAC level of .01 or greater.
  • 375 motorcyclists died in fatal Texas motorcycle accidents in 2007.
    • 225 of those riders were not wearing helmets.
    • 146 of those riders had a blood alcohol content level in excess of .08%

General U.S. Motorcycle Accident Statistics

  • 5,290 motorcyclists died in 2008, a 2% increase in motorcycle fatalities from the previous year.
  • 96,000 motorcyclists suffered injury in 2008.
  • One-fourth of motorcycle riders killed in fatal motorcycle wrecks in 2008 had an invalid license.
  • In 2007, half of all fatal motorcycle accidents were single-vehicle “solo” motorcycle wrecks.
  • Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists have a 35 percent greater chance of being involved in a fatal accident than does a passenger vehicle driver.
  • 90% of motorcycle accidents involving cars occur on main roads, not highways, with a majority of accidents happening at intersections.

U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Use Stats

  • States that require the use of a helmet while operating a motorcycle saw a marked increase in helmet usage from 78% in 2008 to 86% in 2009.
  • The NHTSA estimated that helmet use saved the lives of 1,829 motorcyclists in 2008.
    • Another 823 could have been saved had all motorcyclists involved in a fatal motorcycle crash worn helmets that year.
  • Helmets are 37% effective in preventing fatal injury to a motorcycle rider.
  • Helmets are 41% effective in preventing fatal injury to a motorcycle passenger.
  • 20 U.S. States and the District of Columbia require motorcycle riders to wear helmets: Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
  • 27 U.S. States require only some motorcyclists to wear helmets: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • 3 U.S. States do not have motorcycle helmet use laws: Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

To The Texas Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Of Grossman Law Offices, You’re Not Just a Statistic

The numbers listed above speak to the tragedy that can ensue in the aftermath of a motorcycle wreck. They represent real people who have lost their lives of have suffered serious to severe injury as a result of a motorcycle crash in Texas or elsewhere in the United States.

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If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Texas caused by another party’s negligent or reckless behavior, contact Texas motorcycle wreck attorney Michael Grossman to learn more about your legal options so that you or your family member, might be able to seek full and fair compensation for an injury or loss.

For a free legal consultation, call our toll-free number, 1-855-338-0170, at any time. We’ll be glad to answer your call and answer your questions.



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