Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Dangerous or Defective Roadways
There are many potential causes of Texas motorcycle accidents. While many collisions are the direct result of car or motorcycle driver negligence, some accidents involve dangerous or defective roadways. According to the Texas Department of Traffic, 479 motorcyclists were killed and 5,970 were seriously injured in Texas traffic accidents in the year 2011.
In the year 2011, there were 381,463 reported traffic accidents in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 32,807 accidents occurred in wet conditions and 5,880 involved icy conditions; 1,584 accidents occurred on sand, mud, or dirt; 972 involved standing water on the road; 912 occurred in snow; and 473 Texas traffic accidents occurred in slush.
Wet and icy conditions are not the only types of hazardous roadway conditions that can pose serious hazards to motorcyclists. In fact, motorcyclists can lose control of their vehicles if they strike a pothole, an uneven surface, or gravel on the roadway. When an accident results from these types of conditions, a skilled lawyer will ask a number of important questions. Did the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway know of the dangerous conditions? Have there been similar accidents at the same location?
In cases involving government negligence, financial compensation may be available for the victim’s injuries and damages. A successful claim can result in compensation for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, hospitalization costs, and other related damages.
The Austin motorcycle collision attorneys at the King Law Firm protect the rights and best interests of injured motorcycle riders. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Texas motorcycle crash, please call our offices at (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation and case evaluation.