Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Per the NHTSA, for every 100,000 registered motorcycles, over 55 will be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4,500 died in motorcycle crashes in 2010, and there has been a 55% increase in motorcycle crashes since 2000. This is a disturbing trend. If you are a victim of a severe motorcycle accident or if your loved one passed away, it is important to remember that you are not without hope—there are places for you to turn to get the healing you need to help put your life back on track once more.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle wreck and are in need of help, look no further. Our Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers of The legal team of Rose Sanders Law Firm can connect you to the resources and care you need, and bring you the justice you deserve.
Our Houston motorcycle accident lawyers are here to provide a FREE consultation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us right now at (713) 231-9288. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Should you decide to hire us, you’ll pay nothing upfront, and you will pay absolutely nothing at all unless and until we’ve won your case! That’s our promise to you.
Additionally, if you are coping with injuries after your motorcycle accident and you are uninsured or cannot afford health insurance deductibles or co-pays, we may be able to help you obtain the medical treatment you need – at no upfront out of pocket cost to you. Contact us to learn more
Common Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Crushed Injuries & Amputations
- Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Injuries
- Road Rash
ROAD RASH: ABOUT THE INJURY, TREATMENT & MORE
One of the most common forms of motorcyclist injury affects the most exposed area of the body: the skin. While motorcycle safety tips often mention wearing full body coverage, many motorcyclists choose to ignore this instead of more comfortable clothing. This, unfortunately, leaves them vulnerable to sustaining road rash.
Road rash is typically caused by abrasion with the road and can affect the health of the bone. When an accident occurs, the motorcyclist is often ejected from their bike and is thrown across the pavement. This motion can cause significant friction – which can, in turn, cause layers of the skin to rub off. Depending on the speed, the angle of the throw and the amount of protection that the rider has on, this can even expose the bone.
Treatment for road rash is simple and usually involves cleaning the area with either mild soap or an antiseptic wash. It also often requires that the area be covered and left to rest. In some cases, the road rash is so severe that it is considered a third-degree road rash and requires a trip to the emergency room. This could mean that antibiotics, dressings and pain medication are used in conjunction to help.
Pros and Cons of Riding in Houston, Texas
Whether you zoom down a highway or take a winding rural route, Texas is an ideal place to explore on a motorcycle. The weather in Texas is generally perfect for riding as well… except for those occasional heatwaves or floods.
Even the most defensive motorcycle riders take a chance every time they rev up their engines. Statistically speaking, you’re more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident while riding a motorcycle than while riding in a car or truck. Even with full protective gear, you are more likely to sustain more severe injuries in an accident on a motorcycle than if you were riding in a car. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are five times more likely to suffer injuries in accidents than occupants of passenger vehicles like cars and trucks.
*There were 11 additional motorcycle accident fatalities where it was unknown if the driver wore a helmet.
Here in Texas, motorcycle crashes happen all too regularly. Consider the following statistics reported by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT): There were 9,655 motorcycle accidents reported in a single year in Texas. 501 motorcyclists did not survive, and only 14% percent of motorcyclists walked away unscathed after a crash.
Who is Liable in a Motorcycle Crash?
Even if you walk away relatively unharmed in your motorcycle accident, your bank account might still take a beating. If the accident was not your fault, you and your wallet don’t have to suffer. Someone else may be held liable for your accident-related losses.
An experienced Houston motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get informed about your rights and your options, as well as evaluate your case and your claim. In this stressful situation, they’re someone you want on your side. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
In most cases, you can hold another party liable for your injuries and losses if that party’s negligence caused your accident. Many different parties may face negligence in motorcycle crashes, including:
- Distracted Drivers
- Impaired Drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Drivers who fail to yield
- Drivers who make improper lane change
- Companies that sell defective motorcycles or motorcycle part
- Transportation departments that allow dangerous or defective roads
Fact: Distracted driving is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Texas. Motorcycles are already more difficult to see on the roads due to their smaller size, and because drivers are primarily on the lookout for cars, trucks, or other larger vehicles sharing their space. It is all too easy to miss a motorcyclist in a rearview mirror or blind spot and try to turn or change lanes right in front of them. Still, the law requires drivers to adequately watch for all types of vehicles on the roads, including smaller vehicles like motorcycles and bicycles.
Once you identify one or more negligent parties who have caused your accident, you have options for obtaining the compensation you deserve. In many cases, the first step is to file a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company. While insurance claims may seem fairly straightforward, the process can be intimidating and complicated, especially if you’ve never filed a claim before.
Insurers will try to limit any payouts by challenging liability or even arguing about the extent of your injuries and losses. They will try to make you doubt yourself, but a skilled motorcycle accident attorney can protect your rights during this precarious process.
Insurance companies are notorious for reviewing a claim and offering only a fraction of what you deserve. This doesn’t mean you deserve less—it only means that insurance companies can be greedy. They make lowball offers in hopes that you don’t know any better and will simply accept the offer.
With your settlement, you also waive your right to take any additional legal action regarding your accident… which means you can’t ask for more once you realize how insufficient the settlement really was. For this reason, you should ALWAYS have our skilled legal team review settlement offers before you sign or accept ANYTHING.
It’s our mission to ensure you don’t walk away with less than you need and deserve.
If an insurance claim will not cover your losses, motorcycle accident lawyers at Rose Sanders’s legal team can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Our office will then handle all aspects of your case. We will try to reach a favorable settlement agreement, or even represent you at trial if needed. Contact our law firm as soon as possible for a free consultation at tel:+1-713-231-9288, or contact us online to send us a question or get more information. We are here to help, and you pay NOTHING unless and until we’ve won your case.
Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
No two motorcycle accidents are the same. However, many have similar causes. Popular myth would have most people believe that the negligence of the motorcyclist causes almost all motorcycle accidents—and while this is not always untrue, the fact is that the primary causes for motorcycle accidents are much more varied than that. In fact, it has been shown that in a significant portion of accidents, the primary cause is not that the motorcyclist was negligent in any way, but rather that the driver of the passenger vehicle somehow violated their rights. This could mean not paying attention or not checking blind spots and swerving into their lane or making an abrupt turn.
Any time a driver does not signal when changing lanes or turning, this can be considered negligence if it resulted in a collision with a motorcycle. Any time a driver was distracted by a cell phone, the radio, or even something else on the road and this causes an accident, they can be considered to have been driving negligently. An alert driver is fully aware of the circumstances on the road around him or her, obeying all traffic laws as well. If you are a motorcycle driver and were injured because of a negligent driver, then you can get help filing a claim. Filing a claim for motorcycle accidents in Houston can help make the roads a little safer while providing for needs like medical care, basic provisions, and lost wages.
DRIVER BLIND SPOTS
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists have a higher fatality rate compared to drivers of passenger vehicles. If you ride a motorcycle, your risk of a fatal crash is 35 percent higher and 16 times the injury rate than drivers of other cars. Motorcycles provide little safety in the event of an accident, so extra precaution is necessary when on the road.
One of the main driver errors that lead to motorcycle crashes in Houston is failing to check blind spots. Every vehicle has blind spots, and drivers must be aware of them to avoid an accident in any form. Since motorcycles take up less space on the road and they are also allowed to maneuver between vehicles, drivers may not signal properly or look long enough to notice a motorcyclist before it is too late. Window glare blind spots may also cause motorcycle accidents. Drivers need to take extra precaution when it comes to avoiding motorcyclists on the road.
Another commonly overlooked cause is a dangerous roadway. Potholes, uneven pavement, and similar situations may be an inconvenience for a passenger vehicle, but it can be outright deadly for someone in a motorcycle. With a smaller car with much less stability, even the slightest dip in the road or unexpected crack could cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle and swerve. In these cases, it is not another person that would be held accountable, but rather the government entity responsible for the upkeep of those roadways.
Faulty equipment can also cause motorcycle crashes. While most people like to believe that they are purchasing a 100% safe and tested vehicle, the truth is that some parts and pieces could be defective. This could be a design that was defective from the inception or could even be a product that was designed safe but manufactured poorly (for example, being built with low-quality materials). Should this occur, it could cause the motorcycle to “wobble” at high speeds or fail entirely. Some motorcycles are not equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that allows for emergency braking, and a lack of ABS has been proven to cause accidents.
Injured in a Texas Motorcycle Accident? Know Your Next Steps.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then you already know how emotionally damaging this can be. You, however, may not know what your next move should be. That is where we come in. By getting an Arnold & Itkin attorney on your side, you will be able to take the next steps towards evaluating your case and determining the best course of action. If you suffered motorcycle injuries, no matter whether the accident was on a sports bike or a cruiser, if the negligence of a third party caused it, you likely have grounds to file a personal injury claim.
Contact Our Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
At Rose Sanders Law, our Houston personal injury lawyers and staff members understand and appreciate the passion of motorcycle riders.
We believe that motorcycle accident victims and their families deserve to work with a legal team that will be as equally passionate about protecting their rights and pursuing maximum compensation.
To get started on your case, simply call us or reach us online. We can provide an immediate, free consultation.