Pascoe Law FirmFailure to Yield to Motorcycles
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Failure to Yield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Statistical Information for Motorcycle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study based on 2005 crash data involving motorcycle fatalities to determine the cause of the accidents. While motorcyclist shared some of blame in many accidents, drivers of passenger vehicles were also often at fault when looking at the causes of motorcycle accidents. These findings include that:
- 56% of the 4,553 motorcycle fatalities had involvement with two-vehicle crashes. 98% of the crash fatalities were either the driver of passenger or the driver of the motorcycle. Only 2% of the crash fatalities were shared by the other vehicles.
- 35% of the accidents showed that the passenger vehicle failed to yield in these instances. On the other side, only 4% of the time was the failure to yield a fault held by the motorcyclist. Moreover, in all the accidents, passenger vehicles failing to yield held the highest percentage of driver-related factors.
- 90% of reported crashes occurred on non-interstate roads. Of these accidents, 50% occurred at intersections where yielding poses a significant issue.
In the study, failure to yield to motorcycles was the prominent cause of most motorcycle accidents. The data suggests that drivers either do not see motorcycles or refuse yielding to them due to their smaller size. Over 800 motorcycle-rider fatalities that year were attributed to the non-motorcycle drivers’ failures to yield.
Why Vehicles Fail to Yield to Motorcycles
The idea that drivers of cars are deliberately deciding to ignore the law and purposely fail to yield to motorcycles is unlikely. It is more likely that reckless and distracted driving is the cause for poor motor judgement. Motorcycles are not as large as other automobiles. As such, they are easier for the eye to miss, especially when drivers fail to pay sufficient attention on the road.
Common Causes of Failure to Yield Motorcycle Wrecks
Among the common reasons a driver may fail to yield to a motorcycle are:
- Distracted driving- cell phones, electronic devices, other passengers and many other distractions can take driver’s focus off of the road.
- Impaired driving- alcohol and other substances that impair a person’s judgment behind the wheel are a constant danger when used when driving.
- Drowsy driving- more and more drivers are getting behind the wheel with too little sleep and are not as alert as they need to be.
Unfortunately, whether intentional or not, these errors can be deadly to the unsuspecting motorcyclist who is the victim of these accidents.
Galveston / Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Representing Injured Motorcycle Riders