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Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Serving Injured Motorcycle Accident Victims in Austin and Surrounding Communities

Thomas J. Henry Law has represented victims of motor vehicle accidents in Austin for more than 25 years, including those injured in motorcycle accidents.

If you need a local motorcycle accident attorney in Austin to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve, our firm is available to you 24/7, at any time needed.

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Motorcycle Accidents Claim Hundreds of Live in Texas Every Year

Fatal motorcycle accidents are common on the Texas roadways, and Austin is no exception when it comes to these types of crashes. In 2017, Texas surpassed 500 motorcyclist fatalities for the second year in a row. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than passenger car occupants.

Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents tend to be severe in nature, often requiring surgeries as well as years of treatment and therapy. In addition to physical hardships, medical bills and time off of work can place financial burdens on you and your family. Let our Austin motorcycle accident attorneys assist you with the legal process and help you get back on your feet.

Austin Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The Austin Police Department has released the following data regarding motorcycle accident fatalities in 2017:

  • Motorcyclists accounted for 15% of the total of 71 fatal crashes in Austin; this number is down from 16% in 2016
  • Of all motorcycle fatalities, 3 (or 27%) victims were not wearing helmets, as compared with 5 (or 38%) in 2016
  • Of all fatalities in 2017, 23 (or 30%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver, reduced from 25 (or 32%) in 2016.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas ranks third in the nation for motorcyclist fatalities. Of these, an estimated one-third of motorcyclists killed in crashes are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents tend to occur most frequently at busy intersections. The following are the top contributing factors for multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents:

  • Lack of experience with riding a motorcycle
  • Failure to yield to the right of way
  • Speeding or driving recklessly
  • Distracted driving & not driving defensively
  • Failure to remain visible at all times
    • Many drivers involved in accidents with motorcycles claim to have not seen the motorcyclist coming
  • Failure to yield to stop signs or stop lights
  • Inclement weather creating dangerous road conditions
  • Mechanical issues
    • Accidents can be caused by defects in a motorcycle’s design; this could be the basis for a product liability case.

Most Dangerous Intersections for Motorcyclists in Austin

The top 5 most dangerous intersections in Austin, ranked by KXAN-TV in 2015 in terms of the most crashes, rates, and severity, are as follows. Drivers, particularly motorcyclists, should exercise extra caution when driving through these intersections:

  1. West Slaughter Lane & Manchaca Road (South Austin)
  2. Lamar Boulevard & Rundberg Lane (North Austin)
  3. Lamar Boulevard & Parmer Lane (North Austin)
  4. U.S. 183 Service Road & Cameron Road (Northeast Austin)
  5. I-35 Southbound Service Road & Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (near Downtown)

Injuries Often Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

The most common motorcycle accident injuries include, but are not limited to:

Have You Been Injured in an Austin Motorcycle Accident? Call Thomas J. Henry Law

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, call Thomas J. Henry Law. In motorcycle accident cases, time is of the essence to collect evidence, determine who is at fault for your injuries, and start the legal process. Our Austin motorcycle accident lawyers will take immediate action on your case.

Speak to one of our experienced attorneys today for a free legal consultation, or fill out the contact form on this page and a lawyer will reach out to you. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to assist you and your family. Start your road to recovery today.

Our Austin Personal Injury Law Offices

  • Phone Number: (512) 520-0221 (attorneys available 24/7, nights and weekends)
  • Address: 5707 Southwest Pkwy, Suite 125 Building 2,Austin, Texas 78735 (walk-in Monday through Friday)

Your Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Yes. Our Austin injury attorneys are on-call, 24/7. If an in-person meeting is necessary and you are unable to travel to our offices, we will send an attorney directly to you.

We do accept walk-ins at our Austin offices. For you convenience, however, you may wish to make an appointment by calling our offices or completing an online contact form.

If you have been involved in an accident or suffered injury do to negligence, speaking with an experienced Austin injury attorney will help protect your rights and your claim to financial compensation. Failing to contact an attorney can leave you open to tactics insurers use to limit their liability and diminish your financial recovery. These tactics include:

  • Unintentional inconsistencies – Crashes and accidents are hectic and disorienting. As time moves on, you will likely remember less and less about the events leading up to and following your accident. When an insurance company goes back to compare all the statements you made over a period of weeks or months, they will claim that any inconsistencies were attempts by you to mislead the company and label them as lies before a judge or a jury.
  • Exposure to trick questions – Representatives often ask trick questions or word their inquiries in a way meant to trick or trap you. You may even be pressured into agreeing to facts that are not completely accurate just to get the representative off your back. Even an aggravated response of “I don’t know, maybe” or “I guess” can come back to haunt you later.
  • Exposure to leading statements – Even a statement that seems innocent on its surface can damage your claim depending on your response. For example, by giving a positive response to statements like “I hope your back is starting to feel a bit better” or “Wow, it’s a miracle you weren’t more seriously injured,” you could be tricked into understating the severity of your injuries.
  • Failure to report undiagnosed injuries – Most doctors agree that the full extent of injuries suffered in an accident may not be evident until several days after the accident has occurred. If a claims adjuster contacts you within 24 hours of a crash and asks about your injuries, chances are you will not be able to provide a complete list of injuries. This will not stop the insurance company from questioning and attempting to dismiss any injuries that became symptomatic after that initial recorded statement was made.
  • Provide material for cross-examination – By the time deposition or trial occurs, chances are the defense counsel will have reviewed your recorded statements dozens of times. They will craft questions for cross-examination with the understanding that you likely don’t remember everything you said or agreed to in that recorded statement. And when you misremember or contradict yourself in a moment of confusion, they will try to claim your misstatement proves your testimony is not credible.

A successful personal injury attorney will utilize their legal expertise, resources, and knowledgeable support staff to develop your case in a way that accurately demonstrates liability as well as any economic and non-economic damages you have incurred. The ultimate goal is to take care of the clients claim so that the client can focus on their health and physical recovery.

Thomas J. Henry Law has the legal and financial resources necessary to properly build and handle your case in the most effective and efficient way possible. Your attorney will make sure you are treated with respect, are kept informed with the most up-to-date information on your case, and that you are comfortable throughout the entire legal process as we work to secure the compensation you deserve. We will also work with medical providers to ensure you receive proper medical treatment for all of your injuries.

Experienced attorneys also have access to expert witnesses with specialized knowledge on a subject related to the case. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding the best expert witnesses across the United States. Our firm retains the most qualified experts for each individual case, from accident reconstruction experts to medical professionals. Every expert undergoes a rigorous and in-depth examination process before ever being involved in a client’s case.

The risks of not contacting an attorney after an accident cannot be overstated. Simply put, you are risking your entire claim to recovery as well as future financial stability.

Insurance adjusters are familiar with claim procedures and liability. When an insurance adjuster calls you with questions concerning your accident, they are looking for information that limits the liability of their client and information that can be used to downplay the extent of your injuries.

Further, adjusters will often ask that you provide a recorded statement concerning your accident and injuries. While they may say that the sole purpose of the recorded statement is to gather information needed to move your claim forward, the statement can actually used to erode your case and right to recovery.

It is the adjusters job to limit your recovery and save their company money. An attorney will help you protect your rights and your claim to fair compensation.

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