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Motorcycle Accidents

REPRESENTING VICTIMS INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASHES

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile traveled in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 27 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes. Motorcyclists were also five times more likely to be injured in a crash. Several factors can cause motorcycle accidents, from speeding and objects in the roadway to mechanical issues and alcohol use.

When a motorcyclist is involved in a motor vehicle accident, the results are often catastrophic and in some cases deadly. Motorists in cars sustain serious and life-threatening injuries in crashes every day. Motorcyclists do not have the benefit of airbags or other safety features that passenger vehicle motorists have. When a person on a motorcycle is struck by a car, severe injuries usually follow.

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

  • Head injuries (traumatic brain injuries)
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Road rash (skin abrasion due to direct contact with roadway)
  • Eye injuries
  • Death

When you or a loved one are hurt in a motorcycle crash, you need a motorcycle accident lawyer with the experience and legal resources necessary to win your case. Contact Thomas J. Henry immediately if you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence.

COMMON CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

  • Speeding
    • Motorists traveling at high speeds can mistake how fast a motorcyclist is traveling, which can result in a severe rear-end accident.
    • Slow driving, or not keeping up with the flow of traffic, is another cause of motorcycle crashes.
  • Objects/items in the roadway
    • Hazards that may be minor irritations for an automobile can be major threats for motorcyclists. Potholes, uneven pavement, debris or objects in the road (like tire treads, things fallen from trucks, branches, or rocks) can quickly cause an accident.
    • Objects in the road can cause the motorcyclist to swerve to avoid a crash or the object itself can hit and seriously injure or kill the rider.
    • When commercial motor vehicles, such as semi-trucks, fail to properly secure their load, objects can fall onto the roadways. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to items in the road when traveling at high speeds.
  • Motorists not seeing the motorcycle
    • Because motorcycles are smaller and more easily hidden by objects on or off the road, other vehicles are less likely to see them.
    • Many automobile drivers claim they “never saw” the motorcycle before a collision.
  • Mechanical issues
    • A defect in a motorcycle’s design or manufacturing can easily cause an accident; this could be the basis for a product liability case.

UNITED STATES MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

The following information regarding motorcycle accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 — an increase of eight percent from 2014.
  • Motorcyclists injured in crashes decreased in 2015, with an estimated 88,000 sustaining injuries in motor vehicle wrecks compared to 92,000 in 2014.
  • Although motorcycles accounted for a mere three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all traffic crash deaths.
  • In 2015, one-third of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Florida lead the nation in motorcyclist fatalities (616) followed by California (462) and Texas (443).

HURT IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT? CONTACT OUR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced motorcycle injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. We can visit you wherever you reside, whether it be at your home, workplace, or at the hospital. Call us today for a free case review.

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Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Do you have questions after being injured in a motorcycle crash? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced Texas motorcycle accident attorney — available 24/7, nights and weekends.

  • What should I do after a motorcycle accident to preserve my injury claim?

    What you do after a motorcycle crash will affect your chances at an optimal case outcome down the line. Document everything you can so you will have the material you need to support your claim. Take photographic evidence of the crash site and all resultant damages, including injuries and property damage. Gather contact information from all involved parties, including witnesses. File a police report and get a medical report from your treating physician. Keep a detailed written account of your daily struggles after the accident. Do not take your damaged motorcycle to a repair shop – it could serve as vital evidence.

  • Do I still have a claim if I was not wearing a helmet during my motorcycle accident?

    You still have a viable lawsuit against the negligent party even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. However, keep in mind that the amount of damages you receive may be reduced if not wearing a helmet contributed to your injuries. Motorcycle accidents result in devastating and debilitating injuries regardless of whether a helmet was in use or not at the time of the crash.

  • What types of damages are available in a personal injury case?

    Because every personal injury claim is unique, the types of damages that will be available depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. However, some of the types of damages that might be available in a personal injury cases include: medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, loss of companionship or a spouse or guidance of a parent, diminished earning capacity, emotional distress, burial and funeral expenses (wrongful death), and punitive damages.

  • I'm injured and my mobility is limited. How can I meet with a lawyer?

    If your injuries or your distance inhibit your ability to make it to our offices in San Antonio or Corpus Christi, we can come to you. At Thomas J. Henry, our experienced personal injury lawyers can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at your workplace — wherever you reside. Contact us today to set up a free legal consultation.

  • How soon after an accident should I get a lawyer?

    Quickly. To be safe, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible, especially if the injuries are severe or a death has resulted. All too often valuable evidence disappears, witnesses move, memories grow dim and the practical ability to prove your case may diminish. If you are still being treated by a physician, an attorney can also provide you with guidance concerning your medical care and help you deal with unpaid bills and getting needed treatment. Legal advice can also be useful if you have questions about the settlement value of a claim, your insurance policy’s terms, or suspect bad faith on the part of your insurance company. Contact Thomas J. Henry to discuss your personal injury case for free.

  • How much does it cost to speak with you about my situation?

    We never charge for an initial consultation and for a review of the facts surrounding your case. Personal injury cases normally involve a contingency fee agreement- the client agrees to pay a specified percent of the recovery (which sometimes varies depending on whether a lawsuit settles early or the matter goes to trial or is appealed). If there is no recovery there is no fee, and the attorney normally absorbs any expenses which have been advanced on the case. Contact Thomas J. Henry to discuss your personal injury case for free.

  • I feel fine. Should I still see a doctor after my motorcycle accident?

    Definitely. Many times injuries sustained during an automobile accident are not recognized or noticeable until days or weeks after the accident. This means that even though you may feel fine now, you may be suffering from internal injuries. You should always seek medical attention after being involved in an auto accident. When you do see the doctor, make sure to mention any complaint you may have, no matter how minor. Don’t play medical expert and evaluate the importance of a symptom. If you did not cause the auto accident, the law allows you to seek and receive compensation for any medical bills you have incurred after the collision.

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