Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents in Texas are caused by automobile drivers who violate cyclists’ right of way. Even when a motorcyclist is exercising reasonable care, a car or truck will change lanes, or pull out in front, with the driver failing to check for a clear road. This often causes a catastrophic crash, leaving the rider and passenger with debilitating injuries from long term trauma. This type of negligence results in mounting financial obligations, medical bills, and lost wages because of the life altering and long term injuries. Brian White is an experienced motorcycle accident trial attorney who will fight hard to maximize your recovery in a cycle accident personal injury lawsuit.
In 2013 there were 495 motorcycle riders and passengers in Texas according to the Texas Department of Transportation. 53% of those riders that were killed were not wearing helmets. Approximately 80 percent of all motorcycle injuries result in serious injury or death. These collisions could involve riding a Harley, a super bike, a chopper, or a sports bike and are usually the result from the negligence of truck and car drivers. The most common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident include:
These injuries can require multiple surgeries, skin grafts, rehabilitative services and long-term medical care. If this has happened to you or someone you know, a competent attorney can advise you on motorcycle accident law and discuss all of your options to recover full compensation for your injuries.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them
Motorcycle accidents are typically more serious than crashes only involving passenger vehicles and result in fatalities more often. Motorcyclists and their passengers face exposure to more dangers in an accident, including bodily collisions with other vehicles, objects, and the pavement. If a motorcyclist’s injuries aren’t fatal, they can still result in permanent disabilities. Learning the most common types of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them can save your life.
One of the most common types of motorcycle crashes is when a vehicle makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. When pulling out or into an intersection, a motorist may misjudge a motorcycle’s speed or fail to see the bike at all, turning out directly in front of a motorcycle and causing a crash. Sideswipe accidents can be fatal for motorcyclists, who are often flung from their bikes and into the roadway. A motorcycle slamming into the side of a vehicle can also be deadly.
Avoiding this kind of accident requires defensive driving techniques and involves a motorcyclist seeing the inattentive driver coming. Look for signs that a car is about to turn in front of you, such as a gap between you and the car in front of you, tires creeping forward, or the driver looking the other direction while pulling out. Cover your brakes and prepare to come to an abrupt stop or maneuver away from the vehicle.
Driver inattention and distraction causes many motorcycle accidents in Houston. In stop-and-go traffic on the interstate and on neighborhood roads in rural communities, drivers must pay attention to the driving task at all times. When a driver looks away from the road to send a text, check emails, or scroll through social media, it can result in a deadly rear-end collision with a motorcycle.
Stay in the area between two vehicles or politely pull in front of the car stopped in front of you to prevent a rear-end collision. Check your brake lights regularly and make them “flash” by tapping your brakes rapidly when you come to a stop. Pay attention to what’s coming up behind you and be prepared to move if you notice someone about to hit your motorcycle.
One of the dangers of operating a motorcycle is that they are less visible than passenger vehicles. While this is not an excuse for negligent drivers’ inattention to the road, it’s a fact that does increase the number of motorcycle accidents. “Check twice, save a life,” and “Share the road” campaigns help spread awareness for this problem, but drivers still fail to check mirrors twice before merging into other lanes.
Avoid traveling in a driver’s blind spots for any amount of time and take evasive action when you see the driver activate the car’s turn signal. Flash your lights at the driver or honk if your motorcycle has a horn.
Colliding with Objects
While other drivers on the roadway pose a significant threat to motorcyclists, fatal motorcycle collisions involve fixed objects more often than other vehicles. In 2014, 25% of fatal motorcycle crashes involved colliding with a fixed object, compared to only 19% for passenger cars. A motorcyclist may collide with an object such as a traffic barrier or a highway light due to speeding, intoxication, inattention, or reckless driving.
Avoid colliding with objects by practicing safe driving, obeying speed limits and never drinking and driving. Don’t take corners too fast and always pay attention to your surroundings. If you see an object in the roadway, slow down and carefully navigate around it. Always drive as safely as possible and expect the unexpected.
Know Your Rights and Options
The aftermath of a serious injury sets off a devastating series of life-changing events. In order to protect your rights to the quality medical care you need for a full recovery and to fair and just compensation it’s important to have a full investigation of your crash by a competent motorcycle accident attorney. The insurance company adjustor will not look out for your interests. Their interests always come first. Brian White is an award winning personal injury attorney who specializes in taking aggressive and decisive action to establish liability for your injury and to fight for the full compensation you deserve. Under Texas State law you could be able to collect compensation for treatment of your injury, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental aguish, disability, disfigurement, and more.
Call for a free consultation today. We never charge a fee until we win your case. Don’t compromise your rights to recover the compensation you need and deserve by waiting to act. We will listen to your concerns and answer your questions.