People who choose a motorcycle as a mode of transportation have the same rights to safety as motorists in cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles. Motorcyclists are far more exposed to the dangers of collisions because of the open-air nature of their vehicles, and the Insurance Information Institute (III) notes that motorcyclists may be 27 times more likely to die in an accident than people driving or riding in passenger vehicles.
Motorists must take extra care to avoid striking motorcyclists. Drivers may be held financially responsible for motorcycle accidents they cause. Call our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 to find out how a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to aid your pursuit of compensation.
The Roads of Dallas Claim Motorcyclists’ Lives
Drivers on the roads of Dallas have the capacity to and sometimes do take the lives of motorcyclists. Scouring the Dallas area news cycle reveals stories of motorcyclists who either lost their lives or suffered serious injuries because of motorist negligence. Stories include:
- The death of a motorcyclist and their passenger at the hands of a pickup truck driver, who fled the scene and was determined to be intoxicated at the time of the accident, as reported by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth
- The hospitalization of a motorcycle-riding police officer, who was blocking oncoming traffic from a previous accident when he was struck by a vehicle, as reported by NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
- A motorcyclist, who died after a vehicle turned left in front of them, as reported by The Dallas Morning News
Motorcyclists may face a reputation that they like to travel at high speeds, and like all motorists, some operate their bikes without the proper level of caution. Still, non-motorcyclists have a responsibility to look out for motorcyclists and act in a way that avoids collisions instead of causing them.
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Motorcyclists Deserve Attention
One of the reasons why motorcyclists may be prone to getting struck by other motorists is a motorcycle’s relative lack of size. Because they may not see a motorcyclist, a motorist may:
- Change lanes in a way that directly strikes a motorcyclist or causes the motorcyclist to stop abruptly, which can cause ejection from the bike
- Turn across an intersection in front of an oncoming motorcycle
The fact that motorcycles are smaller vehicles that may be more difficult to spot is understandable, but it is not an absolving excuse when accidents occur. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has encouraged motorists to pay greater attention to motorcyclists through their “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” awareness campaign. According to the CBS Dallas-Fort Worth report, the campaign urges drivers to:
- Provide space for motorcycles by avoiding tailgating or merging into their lanes
- Use turn signals so that motorcyclists do not have to guess about your movements or brake abruptly when you change lanes or turn
- Avoid sharing a lane with a motorcyclist
- Check blind spots and mirrors
These are critical precautions that may help shield motorcyclists from severe injury or death. When a motorist ignores or only partially implements these measures, motorcyclists and any passengers riding with them may pay the price.
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury or died in a motorcycle accident, a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you chart a path towards justice. Call our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.
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A Lawyer May Hold the Person Who Injured You Accountable
If you were injured by another person’s negligence, you may choose to have a lawyer fight for compensation on your behalf. You may do this because:
- A lawyer may have handled similar cases before
- You do not feel that you have the time to fight for compensation on your own
- You are not a lawyer and are not confident enough in your level of legal knowledge to fight for compensation on your own
- You have been diminished by injuries and would value assistance with the physical and intellectual aspects of bringing a lawsuit
You may have other motivations for hiring a lawyer, but regardless of your reasoning, a lawyer may be able to assist you with several aspects of your lawsuit. Some of the specific duties that your lawyer may fulfill include:
- Filing documents that will initiate your lawsuit
- Filing subsequent documents to move your lawsuit along its course to completion
- Making court appearances and taking in-court actions to progress your lawsuit
- Collecting evidence that may help your argument as the victim of negligence
- Reaching out to experts for testimony on your behalf
- Interviewing eyewitnesses to your accident
- Negotiating a settlement on your behalf
- Taking your lawsuit through a trial if settlement negotiations do not result in anything
- Protecting your rights
In addition to these specific tasks, a lawyer may do any other necessary tasks to complete your lawsuit. They may serve as:
- The guardian of your rights
- Your legal advisor
- Your sounding board for questions and concerns
If your lawyer is successful as your representative, you may be able to reap awards covering your losses. Your losses may include:
- Medical costs from your injuries
- Lost income because of time away from work
- Future lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
A wrongful death claim may result in alternative damages, and your personal injury claim could also net you awards other than those listed above.
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Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins to call in the Strong Arm, as we will deploy our team to fight on your behalf. A Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to handle your lawsuit from start to finish.
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