A lack of visibility can cause a motorcycle accident to happen in many different ways.
Some factors that may contribute to a motorcycle’s poor visibility include:
- The motorcycle’s size
- Weather-related issues
- Drivers not being aware of motorcyclists while on the road
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident and wish to recover compensation, you will need to provide evidence that shows how the collision occurred. Some pieces of evidence that could help your claim include photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and your motorcycle’s damage. You may work with a Texas personal injury lawyer to help with the financial recovery process.
Contributors to Your Texas Motorcycle Accident
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that in 2019, over 1,800 motorcyclists suffered serious injuries as a result of accidents. Motorcycle accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps one of those biggest reasons is poor visibility.
Motorcycles Are Smaller than Other Vehicles
Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles on the road, especially large trucks and delivery vans. This can make it harder for a driver to see a motorcycle that is hidden behind a larger vehicle. If a motorcycle is entering an intersection, and another driver cannot see them because of large vehicles passing through, then it is possible for an accident to occur.
Other obstructions that put motorcyclists at risk include large signage, foliage lining the street, and dangerous road designs. These obstructions can make it difficult for other road users to spot motorcyclists before causing an accident.
Inclement Weather Conditions
Low visibility motorcycle accidents can be caused by inclement weather conditions. For instance, suppose that it is raining on a busy street. Severe rain creates a visual distraction. While it is raining, a careful driver would reduce their speed and give themselves ample time to come to a sudden stop. However, a negligent driver would disregard these weather conditions and not adjust their driving speed. When it is raining, a driver may not be able to see a motorcyclist, which could result in an accident.
If you experienced a motorcycle accident caused by poor visibility, you have financial recovery options. You should consider taking legal action sooner rather than later because of Texas’s statute of limitations. Claimants have two years to file a lawsuit for damages, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003.
For a free legal consultation, call 877-239-4878
Proving Negligence in a Low Visibility Motorcycle Accident
Low visibility accidents are preventable. When road users pay attention to the road and obey traffic laws, they can avoid causing accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers uphold their duty of care to others.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need to prove the four elements of negligence to recover compensation. These elements are set in place by the American Bar Association and are central to any personal injury claim.
To secure financial recovery, you must prove:
- The other party owed you a duty of care.
- The other party failed to uphold their duty of care.
- This failure caused your accident and injuries.
- You incurred financial damages as a result of the accident.
When you work with a personal injury lawyer, they can investigate your case and prove these four elements. Their goal is to recover compensation for your losses while you focus on your health and family. Again, your case may be subject to the state’s statute of limitations, so you should consider your legal options as soon as possible.
Possible Injuries from a Texas Motorcycle Accident
There are many different types of injuries that a rider can suffer after a low visibility accident. Because motorcycles leave the rider exposed to the elements, motorcyclists can suffer serious injuries in the event of a crash.
These injuries include:
- Road rash
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Degloved limbs
- Internal bleeding
It is very important to receive medical attention as soon as possible after your accident. You do not want to take any liberties with your health following a collision.
Contact our personal injury lawyers today
Call in the Strong Arm to Learn About Your Legal Options
A lack of visibility can cause motorcycle accidents. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we understand the impact that a serious injury can have on your life. Our legal team is here to help you.
- File your claim
- Gather evidence of negligence
- Assess the cost of your damages
- Protect you against bad faith insurance practices
- Manage all communications with the involved parties
- Keep you updated on the progression of your case
- Litigate your case, if necessary
Your initial consultation is free. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878.