Texas Motorcycle Accidents Decline Year After Topping the Nation
- October 18, 2013
- Car Accidents
Texas Motorcycle Accidents Decline
A year after leading the nation in motorcycle accident fatalities, Texas saw a 6-percent decline in deaths stemming from motorcycle wrecks in 2012, according to figures from the Texas Department of Transportation. However, a DallasNews.com report on the accident statistics states that 90 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injuries or death; due to their inherent vulnerability, motorcycle occupants face a much higher risk of life-altering catastrophic injuries than those in passenger vehicles.
Four-hundred-sixty people died in accidents involving motorcycles or motorized scooters in 2012, according to the Texas Department of Transportation statistics, down from 488 the previous year. Motorcycle accident fatalities have generally been on the rise nationally for more than a decade; Texas alone had seen a 56-percent increase in motorcycle wreck deaths since 2004, according to the DallasNews.com article.
Some of the fatalities are attributed to the state’s elimination of mandatory helmet laws coupled with a growing number of riders. While most of the accidents are the result of driver negligence, motor vehicle defects can also contribute to accidents that result in serious injuries or death.
In fact, the past month has seen tens of thousands of motorcycles manufactured by Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Can-Am, Indian and others recalled for flaws that can increase the risk of crash. Helmets, backrests and other components have also been the subject of recalls due to injury risks to consumers.
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