Motorcyclists enjoy the freedom of the road, the exhilaration of the open air and the camaraderie of their fellow riders. They also, however, face a greater accident risk (than those in passenger vehicles) any time they hit the road. In fact, when compared to those in passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are about:
- 27 times more likely to be killed in a traffic collision
- 6 times more likely to be hurt in a wreck.1
In the aftermath of any motorcycle accident, determining who is liable and how to get on the path to recovery can be essential for victims and their families.
The lawyers at the Amaro Law Firm are ready to help motorcycle crash victims and families figure out their options for seeking the compensation – and justice – they deserve. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle crash, do not hesitate to contact the Amaro Law Firm for answers about your potential claim, as well as exceptional advocacy in the pursuit of financial recovery and justice.
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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 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.
A Look at the Latest Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcyclists face many of the same hazards as passenger vehicle drivers. The smaller size and lighter weight of motorcycles (when compared to passenger vehicles), however, make riders far more vulnerable to accidents, injuries and death when risky or dangerous traffic conditions arise.
The latest motorcycle accident statistics,1 presented below, reveal just how often riders are hurt or killed in wrecks. According to these statistics, in the U.S.:
- Fatal motorcycle accidents represent about 13 percent of all traffic-related deaths. This means that nearly 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents in a given year.
- Since 2014, deadly motorcycle accidents have increased more than 8 percent. Since 1997, motorcycle fatalities have doubled.
- Roughly 88,000 riders are injured in motorcycle accidents in a given year.
- Alcohol impairment and speeding are two major contributing factors to motorcycle wrecks. Both are 100 percent preventable.
Statistics also indicate that:
- Helmets are about 37 percent effective at preventing fatal injuries and about 67 percent effective at preventing brain injuries.
- About 40 of riders killed in motorcycle accidents were not wearing a DOT-approved helmet at the time of the crash.
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 accidents 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.
Take the First Step towards Recovery & Justice: Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm
A Houston motorcycle accident lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can make all of the difference in the strength and success of your claim.
Call (877) 892-2797, text (281) 612-8024 or email our firm for your FREE Consultation. We can answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to take the right steps as you proceed with your case.
Known for providing superior representation in motorcycle accident claims, our attorneys can help you successfully navigate the complexities of the recovery process, protecting your rights and interests at every step of the way. Let us put our diligence, dedication and skills to work helping you build the strongest claim possible.
1: According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (Data is from 2015, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available.)