Conroe Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Texas Motorcycle Accident Claims
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55 percent since the year 2000. They also report that the economic burden from crash-related injuries and deaths totals $12 billion annually.
Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even with helmets, boots, gloves, and jackets, motorcycle crashes involving other motor vehicles can be devastating, catastrophic, or even fatal. Bikers are further put at risk due to the increased number of distracted and texting drivers on U.S. roadways.
Whether you were injured in a left-hand turn accident or struck by a distracted driver, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven motorcycle accident case experience as soon as possible after your crash.
U.S. Motorcycle Crashes by the Numbers
According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- A total of 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes in the United States in 2018.
- 37% of motorcycle deaths in 2018 occurred in single-vehicle crashes, with the remaining 63% involving multiple vehicles.
- Each year, the United States could save more than $1,00,000,000 in economic costs if all motorcyclists wore helmets.
- 91% of motorcyclists killed in 2018 were males.
- Most motorcycle fatalities occur on weekends after 6 pm.
- In the late 1970s, the proportion of fatally injured motorcyclists who were 50 and older started to increase, rising from 3% of all rider deaths in 1978 to 14% in 1997 and 37% in 2018.
Motorcycle Riders: a Tough but Vulnerable Roadway User Group
The image of bikers as incredibly tough and resilient men and women is a cultural standard in Texas and across the nation. We can’t forget that although these men and women are strong and tough, they’re actually one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups.
Collisions with cars, trucks, and other larger passenger occupant vehicles can be absolutely devastating for motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, even minor crashes at relatively low speeds can have catastrophic consequences for bikers. They don’t have airbags, seatbelts, or steel safety cages to protect them in the event of a crash. Ejection is a high likelihood in the event of a collision. Even with helmets, boots, jackets, and other protective gear, motorcycle riders can become injured or killed in accidents involving other motor vehicles.
Some of the most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Friction burns (“road rash”)
- Internal bleeding
- Facial injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Severe lacerations
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is negligence. Sadly, this negligence is often on the part of another driver, meaning the motorcyclist has no way to predict or prevent an accident from occurring.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Swerving in front of motorcycles
- Pulling out in front of motorcycles
- Failing to yield
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Speeding or aggressive driving
- Cutting off motorcycles at intersections
- Failing to leave sufficient room between your vehicle and a motorcycle
Left-Hand Turn Accidents
Left-hand turn accidents can be particularly devastating for motorcycle riders. Motorcycle riders are acutely aware of the dangers of cars making left-hand turns in front of them. This type of crash happens when cars make left-hand turns directly in front of motorcycles. Drivers are distracted, not paying attention to oncoming traffic, or they inappropriately judge the distance between their cars and the motorcycles involved. Subsequently, motorcyclists don’t have enough room to stop or maneuver around the vehicle and slam into the offending car. With this type of crash, it’s common to hear the driver say something like “I didn’t even see the motorcycle.” Distracted driving is a common cause of left-hand turn accidents.
Road Hazards, Distracted Drivers & Motorcycle Safety
Motorcycle riders are also very aware of their surroundings and potential roadway hazards. A pothole might not be a big deal for somebody in a minivan, but it could send a motorcyclist to the hospital—or worse. Slick roads, debris, gravel, potholes, and a variety of other hazards make Texas roadways potential minefields for riders. Motorcycles can’t stop on a dime either, so it’s critically important to give them the space and respect they deserve. If you’re tailgating a motorcycle or trying to share a lane with a rider, you’re putting that rider’s life at great risk. Motorcycle riders need additional room to maneuver in the event of a roadway hazard. Crowding a motorcycle is dangerous and deadly serious. A rider needs the appropriate amount of space to maneuver in the event of a roadway hazard or emergency.
Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
After an accident, it is important that you obtain proper medical attention. Even if you believe you were not injured or that your injuries are minor and will heal on their own, it’s critical that you see a healthcare provider and receive professional care. It’s also important that you follow all of your doctor’s instructions, from attending follow-up appointments to participating in rehabilitation therapy to taking all prescribed medications.
After the accident, it is also important that you reach out to a Conroe motorcycle accident attorney who can help you protect your rights. We encourage you to do this before speaking to anyone from the other person’s insurance company. Their adjusters may reach out to you to try to get you to make a statement; you do NOT have to give any written or verbal statement to the other person’s insurance company. In fact, doing so could hurt your claim. You may unintentionally say something that the insurance adjuster can use to dispute what happened or devalue the worth of your claim. We strongly recommend that you contact us first before talking to any insurance adjusters.
Damages in Motorcycle Accident Claims
Because motorcyclists are at such a great risk of being severely injured in an accident, they are also highly likely to face a number of physical, emotional, and financial challenges after the accident. The cost of treating catastrophic injuries can reach hundreds of thousands—or even millions—of dollars over the course of the victim’s lifetime. The victim may be unable to work and earn a living to support themselves and/or their family. They may also be learning to live with a new disability and chronic pain, all of which can be extremely stressful and overwhelming for both victims and their loved ones.
At Scott Law Firm, we help injured motorcyclists seek fair compensation for all of their damages, including but not limited to:
- All medical expenses related to the accident
- Future medical costs
- Current and future lost income/wages
- Lost earning capacity (disability)
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.
- Counseling services
Our goal is to maximize your recovery so that you can get back on your feet. Our firm will handle the details of your claim, allowing you to spend time focusing on what matters: healing.
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Claims in Texas
Motorcycle accident lawsuits in Texas are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning you typically have until the second anniversary of your accident to take legal action against those responsible. If you do not file a claim before the filing deadline, you will essentially lose your right to sue and you will be unable to recover compensation for your injuries. For this reason, it is best that you get an attorney involved early on in your case to guard your rights and protect yourself against potentially costly pitfalls.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Even seemingly minor motorcycle accidents can leave victims in the hospital, out of work, and feeling like they’re out of options. Whether a distracted driver injured you in a left-hand turn accident or you were run off the road, the sooner you speak with a personal injury attorney, the better.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Texas, contact the Scott Law Firm at (936) 243-4299 for a free case evaluation today.
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