Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Houston, Texas
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People who travel on motorcycles are far more likely to be seriously injured in an accident than those traveling in other types of vehicles. Motorcyclists have much less protection from the road and other vehicles, in addition to being harder to see. All of this puts them at a greater risk of being involved in a collision with major consequences.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle wreck, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in repairs, or perhaps you need to replace your bike entirely. While you wait, you may not have a vehicle to get to work, costing you lost wages or your job.
The cost of a motorcycle wreck is not only financial, but also physical. Common injuries from motorcycle accidents include road rash, broken arms, legs, ribs, and facial bones. Neck, back, and brain injuries are also, unfortunately, very common.
The Texas Department of Transportation released data showing that in 2021, 521 motorcyclists in Texas were involved in fatal crashes.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Around ¾ of accidents involve another vehicle, typically a passenger vehicle.
- Distracted driving
- eating while driving.
- Motorists not thoroughly checking blind spots
- Motorists not properly yielding to oncoming traffic
- using the phone while driving
- running red lights
- Reckless driving,
- Street racing
- Operating a dangerous vehicle, such as one without functioning lights
¼ of motorcycle accidents involve only a single vehicle, often due to roadway defects. Some examples that motorcycles are uniquely vulnerable to include:
- Unsafe debris in the roadway.
- Unkept roadway.
- Construction zones.
Only 3% of motorcycle accidents involve a vehicle failure, but when that happens it can be catastrophic.
- Tire blowout
- Brake failure
- Electrical issues
Motorcycle Accident Laws in Texas
The laws surrounding motorcycle accidents in Texas can be complex, and different aspects apply according to the circumstances of your case. However, there are a few important factors to consider when pursuing a personal injury case.
• Texas Helmet Laws
People under the age of 21 must ride with a helmet at all times. If you have a passenger on your motorcycle under the age of 21, they are legally required to wear a helmet.
According to the Texas motorcycle operator program manual, those over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet as long as they complete a motorcycle operator training course and have medical insurance that specifically covers motorcycle accident injuries.
If you or a passenger don’t follow these guidelines and are injured in a motorcycle accident, you could be subject to a loss of compensation.
• Statute of Limitations
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. In most cases, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident. This can complicate a case for those who don’t seek medical attention immediately following a wreck and find that their injuries resurface over time. Always get medical attention after any accident, as you might not immediately notice some injuries.
• Fault-Based Insurance
Texas has a fault-based system of personal injury recovery. The party found to be at-fault for an accident will be responsible for compensating the injured party. As such, the state has a required minimum coverage amount. People can choose to increase their insurance beyond the required minimums. If the total damages from an accident exceed the at-fault party’s coverage, they may have to pay the rest out of pocket. In cases like these, an auto accident attorney would negotiate with both insurance companies and opposing counsel.
The required minimums in Texas are:
- $30,000 per injured person.
- Up to $60,000 per accident.
- $25,000 for property damage per accident.
• Liability Laws
Liability for car accidents in Texas is determined by who is at fault. It is possible for all parties involved, including the injured party, to be partially liable for an accident. The facts surrounding the case will establish who is at fault, and to what extent. If the injured party is found to be somewhat at fault, their compensation may be reduced.
The insurance company and the car accident lawyer will complete separate investigations to understand, among other things:
- Negligence of all parties, including how the accident could have been avoided.
- Recklessness of all parties.
- If intentional misconduct was involved.
- If a defective part or product from the vehicle is to blame.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the last thing you need to worry about is fighting the insurance company over fair compensation. You are already managing ride arrangements, hospital bills, and the emotional recovery following a wreck. Insurance companies will often try to pressure you into accepting their first – and lowest – offer. This tactic works because people recovering from a wreck often feel overwhelmed by the prospect of going back and forth with the insurance company while their medical and personal bills pile up.
By hiring an experienced Houston motorcycle accident attorney, you have someone in your corner to handle the insurance companies for you. Our attorneys have been working in Houston for over 30 years. With this experience comes an in-depth understanding of the strategies employed by insurance companies, what is needed for your case to be as successful as possible, and the local legal system. We’ve seen cases like yours before, and we’ve battled many of the same insurance companies.
In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, an auto accident lawyer should keep you informed of the entire process while they shield you from insurance companies. They should listen to your concerns and answer your questions. The months after a motorcycle accident don’t have to be confusing and overwhelming.
In addition to keeping you updated and informed, auto accident attorneys:
- Gather and examine relevant evidence such as police reports, photographs, medical records, and witness statements.
- Establish causation, liability, and fault according to the circumstances of the crash and laws surrounding liability.
- Assess the full extent of your damages.
- Build a strong case based on all the details of the case, including contacting relevant medical professionals.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and/or opposing counsel for fair compensation.
- Represent you in court, if necessary.
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