With limited protection from any impact, motorcyclists face increased risks on roads and highways. In 2018, nearly 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities occurred, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fatal vehicle accidents like these are an unfortunate reality for many Texans, with motorcyclists being particularly susceptible to roadway dangers. Negligence is a large contributor to motorcycle accidents; and, even a moment of unsafe driving can endanger the lives of riders.
Negligent actions that can cause a motorcycle crash include:
- driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- failure to yield or obey traffic signs
- changing lanes without checking for motorcycles
- driving while distracted by music, cellphones, or passengers
Any accident involving a motorcycle has the potential for severe injuries, as operators and passengers typically have very limited protection apart from helmets. Even a low-speed collision could send a bike skidding, severely injuring the operator and/or passenger. Although jackets, gloves, and other gear can reduce some damage, motorcyclists are still far more exposed to injuries than occupants in enclosed vehicles.
It is important for every motorcyclist to be well aware of the risks of injuries and to understand motorcycle safety. Every motorcyclist should have the proper safety gear. While Texas law exempts certain riders from wearing a helmet, it is wise to wear one; however, even the best helmet cannot completely protect someone from head and brain injuries. But, it can certainly reduce the chances of such as life-altering injury.
Motorcyclists must remain actively aware that their smaller vehicles are more difficult to notice – especially in today’s world of distracted driving. Motorcyclists should stay alert and aware of the traffic around them so they can react in time if a crash is about to happen. Just as with other types of vehicles, riders should never operate their motorcycles after drinking or using drugs. Even the most defensive driving cannot always prevent motorcycle accidents, so every rider should know their rights.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When a motorcycle accident happens, victims can suffer a wide range of different injuries. More often than not, motorcycle riders and/or passengers experience road rash or abrasions from contact with the road. Though injuries to the lower portions of the body are more common due to the weight of the bike, head injuries are also a major concern, especially for those who forgo wearing a helmet. Other severe injuries can include broken bones, skull fracture, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, and fractured vertebrae, among others.
The recovery from motorcycle accident injuries can place massive financial burdens on the shoulders of victims and their families via medical bills and other costs. Insurance companies may offer a seemingly large settlement to victims, but it’s imperative to ensure any payment accepted will fully cover all of the damages resulting from the incident. For example, a motorcyclist who fractures a vertebra in an accident may require months of physical therapy, special equipment such as a wheelchair, and long-term medications. They also may not be able to return to work for a long time, forgoing wages and other benefits. All of these costs add up more quickly than expected.
If crash does occur, the negligent party who caused the motorcycle accident should be held liable to help cover the victim’s costs. Most often, the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash is at fault. Sometimes, however, the incident can be caused by the city failing to maintain its roadways properly, causing a crash. Alternatively, a problem with the manufacturing or design or a motorcycle could also be to blame for any resulting injuries. An experienced Houston personal injury attorney can examine your situation to determine negligence and direct the process to obtain maximum compensation.
Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Determining an amount that will cover your present and future needs can be difficult. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle wreck, the Houston, Texas motorcycle accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP can analyze the details of your situation, put your mind at ease, and seek out compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your claim.