Human error, or negligence, is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Texas. The following takes a look at common causes of accidents and how to prove negligence if youâ€™ve been in a motorcycle accident.
Common Causes of Accidents in Texas
The Department of Transportation reports that there were 463 motorcyclist fatalities in Texas in 2014: 433 motorcyclist operators were killed, as well as 30 motorcycle passengers. The total death toll from traffic accidents in Texas in 2014 was 3,534.
There were many different causes of these road accident fatalities (as well as severe injury crashes). According to data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, the following were some of the most common crash contributing factors.
- Use of cell phone
- Unsafe lane change
- Defective tires
- Disregard of stop sign or signal
- Distracted driving
- Failure to control speed
- Failure to remain in single lane
- Unsafe passing/yielding
- Falling asleep/fatigued driving
- Alcohol use
What is negligence?
Itâ€™s important to understand the contributing factors for motorcycle crashes in Texas because many of these events are acts of negligence. In fact, all of the factors listed aboveâ€”with the exception of defective tiresâ€”are examples of negligence. Arguably, driving on defective tires could be a negligent act on the part of a car dealer.
Anytime a driver performs an unsafe or unreasonable behavior perceived as dangerous or hazardous; negligence has occurred. Negligence is a common cause of motorcycle accidents, if not the most common.
How to Prove Negligence
To prove negligence, you will have to prove that the other driver did something unsafe, like changed lanes illegally or was using a cellphone. To do so, you can rely on evidence such as this list.
- Police reports
- Witness testimony
- Video footage
- Cell phone logs
- Blood alcohol tests
- Physical damage (which may provide evidence of how the crash happened)
This list may sound exhaustive but it isnâ€™t. However, it can be exhausting trying to obtain all these things. This is when your motorcycle accident lawyer comes to the rescue. When you hire a Texas motorcycle crash attorney to do the paperwork gathering, sending emails and making phone calls to recover evidence for your motorcycle crash, you and your family can focus on more important matters like physically recovering and getting your finances in order.
What to Do When Negligence Causes an Accident
When someone elseâ€™s negligent actions cause an accident, you shouldnâ€™t have to pay for your injuries and damages out of pocket; instead, the at-fault party should be held responsible. If you believe that the other driver was at-fault and should be held liable, the Law Office of Julie Johnson PLLC can help you. To learn more on how Julie Johnson proves negligence recovers fair damages, call today at 214-290-8001.