The United States Bureau of Transportation reported 4,985 motorcyclist fatalities in 2018, with an additional 82,000 motorcyclist injuries that year. Houston news feeds show a steady stream of motorcycle-involved accidents, including an ABC 13 report of a Houston Police Department motorcycle officer struck and injured by a motorist who ran a red light in April 2020.
If you are a motorcyclist who was injured in a Houston-area motorcycle accident or your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer may assist you in seeking justice. Call our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.
Motorcyclists Lack the Protections of Other Motorists
Most motorcyclists generally understand that they experience risks other motorists do not, and they may take precautions to protect themselves from danger. These precautions may include:
- Wearing a helmet
- Wearing safety gear on their upper and lower body
- Driving in a cautious manner
- Refraining from dangerous driving behaviors
Even when motorcyclists take every possible precaution, they can be injured in a devastating fashion by a careless or reckless motorist. Based on a single year’s data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that motorcyclists accounted for less than 1 percent of vehicle miles traveled yet represented 18 percent of all driver and passenger deaths.
Some of the reasons why motorists may be at an elevated risk of suffering a serious and possibly fatal injury include:
- While cars, trucks, and SUVs generally have enclosed, impact-resistant frames, motorcycles do not
- Motorcycles generally lack airbags, seatbelts, and other safety features that you may find in other motor vehicles
- Because of the lack of a frame and safety features on motorcyclists, riders and their passengers may be ejected from the bike, suffering a violent collision (and likely injury) as a result
- Motorcycles, having two wheels instead of four, may be less stable and therefore prone to movements that result in the rider and occupant being ejected from the motorcycle
When these risks lead to a motorcyclist injury or death and another driver proves responsible for causing the accident, a lawsuit may be a means of collecting compensation as determined by a settlement agreement or judgement.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Houston, call 800-777-7777
How Motorists May Place Motorcyclists at Risk
Motorist negligence may occur when a motorcyclist takes reasonable precautions with their safety in mind yet suffers an injury anyway. While any driver could become a victim of an accident that is not their fault, motorcyclists may face greater potential consequences arising from such accidents.
Some of the driving behaviors that could put motorcyclists (as well as other motorists and pedestrians) at risk are:
- Driving under the influence of prescription drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol, or a combination of intoxicants
- Being willfully distracted while driving, which remains a major problem on Texas’ roads despite the Texas Department of Transportation’s efforts to combat distracted driving
- Taking risks on the road, which may include speeding, merging between vehicles with little clearance, tailgating, and turning into rapidly approaching traffic
- Being generally unaware of surroundings, which may include failure to monitor blind spots thoroughly
- Running red lights or ignoring other road signs
These behaviors are risky for any driver, both with regards to their own safety and the safety of other motorists. For motorcyclists who are the victims of these types of negligent driving behaviors, the price could be their life.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, suffered any injury yourself, or have a loved one whose injury prevents them from seeking compensation on their own, then you may choose to work with a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer. Call our team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.
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A Conversation With a Legal Team Could Be In Your Best Interest
Motorcycle accidents may breed uncertainty, leading to questions such as:
- Who is at fault for the accident?
- Am I responsible at all for the accident?
- What are my total losses?
- Will insurance pay for my losses?
- Is a lawsuit an option for pursuing non-insurance compensation?
You may not have the answers to these questions, regardless of how much thought you dedicate to them or how much research you conduct. Speaking with a legal team may help you find answers.
A member of our team may be able to answer some of your questions during an initial consultation, and we may be able to respond to others should you choose one of our lawyers as your representative. When you choose to move forward with a lawyer by your side, you can expect them to:
- Conduct extensive research into how your accident occurred, including who may have acted in a way that caused your accident and subsequent injuries
- Draft the initial paperwork to file your lawsuit, which will lead to defendants being notified of the legal action against them
- Calculate your losses and request fair compensation as the stated goal of your lawsuit
- Conduct all legal affairs necessary to move your lawsuit to a judgement or settlement
- Represent you in settlement negotiations or at trial—whichever your case dictates
- Defend your rights
If your lawyer secures a settlement or shows a jury that you are a victim of negligence who has suffered identifiable losses, you could receive compensation in return for:
- Healthcare costs related to your motorcycle accidents
- Lost pay due to your injuries
- The cost of rehabilitation for your injuries
- Mental anguish and other forms of pain and suffering
If your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you could collect compensation related to their funeral costs, projected income, and loss of their presence.
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Call in the Strong Arm for legal advice and service should you choose to pursue a lawsuit. A Houston motorcycle accident lawyer could be of help to you during a difficult time, so call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation.