Almost two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused, not by motorcycle riders, but by other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, this means that no matter how attentive motorcyclists are when riding on Texas roadways, they are still at high risk of being injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Corpus Christi. If you have suffered injuries caused by a motorcycle accident in Texas, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified Corpus Christi motorcycle accident attorney. A skilled motorcycle injury attorney at Bandas Law Firm can help you protect your legal rights and pursue fair and timely reimbursement for your injuries.
Common Causes of Texas Motorcycle Accidents
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents in Texas is the failure of motorists to detect motorcycle riders on Texas roadways. In fact, more than half of all motorcycle accidents occur because the driver simply didn’t see the motorcycle coming. Because of their small profile and unique riding pattern, motorcycles are sometimes harder to spot on the road, especially if motorists are driving distracted. Other common causes of Texas motorcycle accidents include:
- Wet or icy weather conditions
- Hazardous road conditions
- Vehicles pulling out in front of motorcycles, causing them to overbrake and slide
- Left turns at intersections
- Drivers changing lanes
Typical Motorcycle Accident Injuries
For every mile they drive, motorcycle riders are about 21 times more likely to lose their life in an accident than a driver or passenger in a car. Motorcyclists are also about four times more likely to suffer injuries, due in large part to the fact that motorcycles offer riders far less protection than passenger vehicles do. Besides the risk of fatality, motorcycle riders are also at risk of suffering the following injuries upon being involved in a motorcycle accident:
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Broken bones or fractures
- Spinal cord injury
Motorcycle Accident Statistics and Helmet Use
During 2016, the NHTSA reports that 5,286 riders lost their lives nationwide in motorcycle accidents. This number represents a 5.1 percent increase in the number of motorcyclist deaths from 2015 to 2016. Texas had the third highest number of rider deaths in 2016 with 458 motorcycle-related fatalities statewide. When you compare the number of miles traveled during the year, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than occupants of cars.
The NHTSA estimates that the use of motorcycle helmets saved 1,859 lives during 2016. Another 802 riders may have survived if they had been wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle crash. Motorcycle helmets are thought to be about 37 percent effective in preventing the death of a motorcyclist and 41 percent effective in preventing the death of a passenger on a motorcycle. During 2016, the NHTSA reports that 43 percent of the people killed in motorcycle accidents in Texas were wearing a helmet and 54 percent of the people killed were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Motorcyclists and passengers under the age of 21 must wear a motorcycle helmet when riding a motorcycle, according to the Texas motorcycle helmet laws. However, riders and passengers 21 years of age and older may ride without a helmet if they are covered by health insurance, or they complete a motorcycle safety course. While the law may allow riders and passengers to forgo a motorcycle helmet, the prevailing belief is that motorcycle helmets do reduce the risk of death and significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries in motorcycle crashes.
Why Should I Contact a Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Insurance companies are notorious for blaming the motorcyclist for causing the collision. Even some police officers tend to look more harshly at a rider when investigating an accident because of the unfounded stereotype that riders are reckless and careless. Therefore, it may be difficult for a rider to recover compensation for an injury claim if he or she is pursuing the claim without the assistance of an attorney.
An attorney who has experience handling motorcycle accident claims understands the challenges of proving fault. When you contact a Corpus Christi motorcycle accident lawyer immediately after the crash, the lawyer can begin an investigation to identify the cause of the crash and gather evidence to prove that you were not at fault.
Some of the steps that our law firm may take when handling a motorcycle accident claim include:
- Inspecting and documenting the accident scene, including making videos and photographs of the scene
- Interviewing and documenting the statements of eyewitnesses
- Collect physical evidence from the accident scene and the motorcycle
- Obtain and review the police report
- Review the other motorist’s driving history
- Recreate the accident with the assistance of an accident reconstructionist and other experts
- Review medical records and work with your physicians to obtain a permanent impairment rating, if applicable
- Retain economic and medical experts to calculate future damages, including future medical expenses and future loss of income and/or earning capacity
- File an insurance claim on your behalf and negotiate with the insurance company for compensation of damages
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary, and prepare for trial
Our attorneys are familiar with motorcycle laws in Texas and the personal injury laws governing motorcycle accident claims. By working closely with you, your medical providers, and experts, we aggressively pursue full compensation of all damages, losses, and injuries.
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In addition to life-altering injuries, motorcycle accidents can inflict additional hardships on injured motorcyclists, including exorbitant medical bills, lost wages, months or even years of rehabilitation, and significant pain and suffering. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver found liable for the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical costs, and other accident-related expenses.