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Accidents involving motorcycles can be particularly deadly due to the fact that motorcycles do not offer the same protections as other passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, these accidents can occur at any time. Recently, a Houston man was charged in the death of a motorcyclist following a fiery crash.
The man was arrested and charged after rider James Hubbs was killed in a high speed crash with his four-door passenger vehicle. The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to spin out and catch fire. Hubbs was pronounced dead at the scene when authorities arrived. The driver of the four-door vehicle was taken to Clear Lake Regional Hospital and later determined to be intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Drunk driving is an unfortunate reality in the Houston area. Since 2010, impaired drivers have caused an average of more than 5,000 car crashes per year—roughly 14 a day. These high numbers make Houston the worst state in the nation for drunk driving fatalities and crashes, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
Making the decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances puts everyone on the road at risk. While it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, even lower levels cause impaired driving. Alcohol increases the risk of an accident due to slow reaction time, impaired decision-making, declined visual function, reduced hand-eye coordination, and impaired reasoning.
When a driver chooses to operate a vehicle under the influence it is a clear display of negligence. In the event an accident occurs as a result of this poor decision-making, the driver is most likely to be held liable for the resulting damages.
Though many people enjoy riding motorcycles, riders are considerably more exposed to danger than those riding in passenger vehicles. The differences between motorcycles and cars put motorcyclists in danger before an accident even occurs. While cars can offer passengers protection in the form of seatbelts, airbags, and the car’s body, motorcyclists are left with little to no protection.
Many riders wear protective gear, such as helmets, long-sleeved jackets, pants, gloves, and boots. Even if a rider has all of this gear in place, it may not be enough to protect them from serious or even fatal harm.
When an accident involving a motorcycle occurs, the rider is often ejected off their bike, which can lead to them hitting other objects and vehicles that may be around them before they hit the ground. If the skin of a motorcyclist is not protected, the friction from the pavement can result in serious burns. Debris from the road can also break the skin, causing deep cuts.
Even if a motorcyclist is wearing protective gear, riders can still suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, and/or internal injuries due to the impact of the crash. Some injuries may cause permanent disability or can even be fatal.
Accidents can occur at any time; however, Houston is notoriously susceptible to deadly accidents on the city’s many highway systems and other roadways. Speeding, drunk driving, texting, and a host of many other dangerous driving behaviors can and do cause catastrophic injuries.
When the unexpected happens, having the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney can help you hold negligent parties accountable for the damages they caused. At Adame Garza, we understand just how dangerous Houston roadways can be and we are prepared to fight for the rights of our injured clients. If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident and would like the assistance of an attorney, contact Adame Garza today for a free consultation.