Motorcycle Accidents result in thousands of Deaths
Motorcycle accidents result in thousands of preventable deaths and injuries every year. Although motorcycles accounted for only two percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcycle riders accounted for almost nine percent of total traffic fatalities in 2009, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Although the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, other factors such as road and weather conditions can contribute to a crash occurring.
The Texas personal injury attorneys at our Law Firm can hold the at-fault party or parties responsible for the harm they have caused you. Our Santa Clara County motorcycle accident attorneys can assist clients in filing a personal injury claim. In a personal injury claim, victims can seek financial compensation for damages associated with a crash and resulting injuries. Compensation may be recovered for medical bills, lost earnings, loss of benefits, and pain and suffering.
Causes of a Texas Motorcycle Accident
Speeding excessively, making an unsafe left hand turn, making an unsafe lane change, driving distracted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failing to obey traffic signals are all of examples of negligent or reckless behavior on the part of a motor vehicle driver.
Defective motorcycle design or parts
A defective bike part or design flaw can cause a tragic motorcycle accident. Faulty tires, brakes, throttles and steering mechanisms can point to negligence on the part of the bike manufacturer.
Road conditions can be affected by weather, construction, and debris. The maintenance of a road is usually the responsibility of a government entity and if a dangerous road condition, such as a pothole, did not get repaired within a reasonable amount of time, the government entity may be liable.
Snow, sleet, ice, rain, and strong wind can diminish a rider’s visibility, traction and driving ability. Adverse weather conditions can also make it harder for motor vehicle drivers to detect a motorcycle on the road. Failing to see a motorcycle before it is too late is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents in the U.S.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to various motorcycle accident statistics and studies, riders typically suffer from more severe injuries than the occupants of the car that hit them. Without the protection of a steel cage, riders can sustain severe head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal organ injuries, amputation (limb loss) injuries, broken bone injuries, and back and neck injuries. Many riders suffer multiple injuries in a crash, which for thousands of riders every year, tragically result in death.
When to Call a Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorney
In you were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, acquiring the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer is critical. A Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at our law firm can inform you of your legal rights, facilitate the claim’s process, and negotiate with insurance companies and defense attorneys. Insurance companies often try to place blame for the collision on innocent motorcyclists. If an insurance company is denying your claim, delaying payment on a claim or won’t pay the full amount of a policy, it is imperative that you contact our firm . Our South Texas personal injury attorneys can fight against insurance companies who may try to deny you maximum compensation for your serious injuries. One of our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys can arrange to meet you at your hospital, home or work. Consultations are free and there is no obligation.