Motorcycle riding is an enjoyable pastime for many, whether you use your bike for transportation, recreation, or both. However, even veteran motorcyclists are vulnerable to significant injuries due to the negligence of other drivers. When others cause accidents resulting in severe injuries, you may want to call a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer for advice.
Drivers whose negligence leads to accidents causing injuries and property damage may be liable through a personal injury claim. Compensation may be available to assist injured parties throughout their recovery periods, which often may result in them being off work. A compassionate injury attorney could assess the circumstances that led to your injuries and determine the viability of pursuing damages in your case. Call today to schedule a consultation.
Motorcyclist Injuries in Houston
Motorcyclists are uniquely vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Unlike the occupants of motor vehicles, motorcycle riders have no vehicle frame to protect them from the impact of vehicles or stationary objects. There also is no frame to prevent them from being ejected from their bikes and striking vehicles, fixed objects, and the ground, often with disastrous results.
Furthermore, motorcyclists have few protective or safety features available to them while riding. Although they may wear helmets or protective clothing, those measures are likely to do little to protect them from injuries sustained in a crash. Although motor vehicle occupants are likely to enjoy the protection of seatbelts, airbags, other safety features, motorcyclists do not have the benefit of these protections.
Injuries that motorcyclists experience in severe accidents can range from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. In some cases, individuals may suffer permanent impairment as a result of motorcycle accidents. These disabilities may leave them unable to return to work and perhaps requiring ongoing medical care.
Negligence in Houston Motorcycle Accidents
The legal concept of negligence is the basis for most personal injury claims that arise from motorcycle accidents. Negligence is the failure of parties to use reasonable care based on a specific situation. If a reasonable person would have acted differently in the same or a similar situation, negligence is likely.
All drivers owe others a reasonable obligation to drive safely to protect others. When drivers fail to meet this standard of care, their negligence may make them liable for any resulting personal injuries or property damages. A Houston motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to assist individuals in establishing the required elements of negligence in a personal injury claim.
State law requires all drivers to carry minimum amounts of liability insurance to cover property damage and personal injuries. As a result, injury parties may have recourse in seeking compensation paid from the insurance companies of negligent drivers. However, proof of negligence is a prerequisite to receiving any compensation through a personal injury claim.
Motorcycle Accidents Causes: Who Is At Fault for Motorcycle Accidents?
Determining fault and liability for a motorcycle wreck will depend on the exact cause(s) of the crash. While various factors can cause motorcycle accidents, the following are some of the parties who are typically liable for these crashes:
- Other motorists – Other drivers on the road can fail to look for, see, and/or yield to motorcyclists. This is most likely to occur when other motorists are negligent or careless, like when they violate traffic laws and/or when they drive while distracted, impaired, or fatigued.
- Manufacturers and/or other companies – In some cases, parties not at the scene when the crash occurs can still be liable for the accident. For instance, vehicle equipment makers can be partly (or wholly) responsible for crashes caused by defective or malfunctioning vehicle equipment. If a motorcycle crash involves a commercial truck, the motor carrier may be liable if its failure to comply with trucking laws contributed to the wreck.
- Other parties – A number of other parties may also play a role in causing (and, consequently, be liable for) motorcycle accidents. For example, roadway construction crews and companies can be liable for crashes when their failures to contain their equipment and/or properly redirect traffic cause wrecks.
Please be aware that:
- A number of parties can be liable for a single wreck. Figuring out all liable parties for a crash is integral to maximizing victims’ recoveries.
- Motorcyclists who may have been partly at-fault for a crash CAN still be entitled to compensation for their injuries, losses, and suffering. In fact, Texas follows the Modified Comparative Fault, 50 percent Bar Rule. Effectively, this means injured riders may be eligible for compensation as long as they are 50 percent or less at fault for a wreck.
An attorney at the Amaro Law Firm can help you figure out the cause(s) and liable party (or parties) for your motorcycle wreck.
Recovering from a Motorcycle Crash: How a Lawyer Can Help Motorcycle Accident Victims
The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm can provide essential support, advocacy, and representation to motorcycle accident victims. Though we always tailor our service and counsel to fit our clients’ unique circumstances, needs, and goals, some of the ways we tend to help victims position their claims for success include by:
- Reviewing police reports, accident photos, and other evidence to determine liability
- Conducting our own investigations to uncover additional evidence to support our clients’ claims
- Working with expert witnesses when beneficial to our clients’ claims
- Vigorously representing our clients and working diligently to protect and advance their claims, at every phase of their case
- Tenaciously working to bring motorcycle accident cases to the best possible outcome.
The Amaro Law Firm can fight to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your crash-related injuries, suffering, and losses. While damages vary from case to case, compensation for motorcycle accident claims can include damages for (but not necessarily restricted to):
- Past medical care, like ambulance transportation, emergency room care, surgery, and hospitalizations
- Future medical needs, such as doctors’ visits, physical therapy, medications, and assistive devices (like wheelchairs)
- Property damage
- Past and future lost earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering.
Punitive damages may also be available in some cases.
Talk to a Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Advice
While there are risks to riding motorcycles, drivers and other motor vehicle occupants face many of the same risks. Many individuals, no matter what mode of transportation they use, can fall prey to negligent drivers on the roadway. When negligence results in injuries, however, a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help.
Working with legal counsel may enable you to recoup some of the expenses that you have related to your losses. This compensation can give you much-needed financial support while you are off work and focusing on your physical recovery. To get started on your claim, make sure to call today to schedule a consultation.