The Fall Will Probably Kill You

In a classic moment from the acclaimed movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the title characters find themselves literally trapped between a rock and a hard place. Crouched behind a large rock, they face two options: surrendering to approaching lawmen or leaping from safety, hoping to land in a fast-flowing stream below. Sundance wants to face the lawmen, ultimately admitting that he’s afraid of the escape because he can’t swim. Butch’s response is a cinema classic: “Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.” And with that, they jump.


Sundance was worried about the wrong thing: he assumed away the greater risk, focusing instead on the lesser one. Across Texas, motorcyclists do the same thing every day. The only difference is that for them, the fall might actually kill them.


Prospective riders wonder if they’ll ever really get the hang of riding. Long-time owners worry about whether they’ve purchased the right ride. Older owners wonder if they’re cool enough to pull it off. Younger riders wish they had a nice bike. And in each case, most are unprepared for what would happen if they were in a motorcycle accident.


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently published troubling statistics. In the first decade of the 21st Century, while motor vehicle crash-related deaths reached an all-time low, motorcycle deaths reached an all-time high, more than doubling between 1999 and 2008. In that period, more than 30,000 riders died and well-over 1,000,000 were treated in the emergency room of a hospital.


Riders need to get their head right. For that matter, their families should, too. Riding a motorcycle puts you at real risk of experiencing painful, costly, and life-altering health outcomes, including death. Part of what it means to be a responsible rider is knowing what should happen in the event of an accident that’s not your fault.


The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears | Nachawati specialize in this important area of the law. Whether you need to talk to our attorneys about a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death case, we’re ready to guide you through those difficult conversations. After years of committed practice, we’re ready to give you the help you need.


About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

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