Being involved in a motorcycle accident is always scary. If you have been unfortunate enough to sustain injuries from that accident you may be able to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit and receive financial compensation for your injuries as well as financial assistance for your medical bills and pain and suffering. The type of motorcycle accident injury you sustain as well as the severity of that injury all play a part in the amount of compensation you can receive.
What Are the Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
One of the most common motorcycle accident injuries is the head, according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Among the accident patients studied, the head was the part of the body that was hurt most often after motorcycle accidents.
Riding a motorcycle without a helmet is a pathway towards such head injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,872 lives were saved in 2017 from motorcyclists that wore helmets. Additionally, helmets are estimated to have saved $3.5 billion in economic costs from motorcycle accidents that year.
The NHTSA also reports that 28% of motorcycle riders that were killed in 2017 were drunk at the time of their accident. Another 29% of motorcycle riders that were involved in fatal crashes in 2017 had no valid motorcycle licenses. Such actions could make individuals negligent in an accident where other people suffer harm.
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What Are Some Other Types of Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accident can lead to a variety of other injury types. Accident victims may suffer any of the following:
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is a type of catastrophic injury that may leave victims with a permanent disability. Paralysis is a severe spinal cord injury, which is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as “a loss of strength in and control over a muscle or group of muscles in a part of the body.”
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A TBI can result from a violent or forceful blow to the head. The Mayo Clinic explains that a mild TBI can only temporarily damage brain cells. A more serious TBI may cause physical damage to the brain, like bleeding or bruising. Some patients with a TBI may experience long-term complications, while others could even lose their life over time.
Motorcycle accidents may cause riders to slide along a roadway’s surface for extended periods after a crash. A type of skin abrasion known as road rash can become a side effect of this contact. Beyond the risk of permanent scarring, victims of road rash injuries may also be susceptible to infection if they do not treat the wound quickly enough.
Internal and Soft Tissue Injuries
Any type of motor vehicle accident could cause an internal injury. These types of injuries must be treated by a medical professional. Not every internal injury has clear symptoms, such as internal bleeding. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident or any type of crash, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.
A medical professional may determine that you have suffered from a serious or life-threatening internal injury caused by blunt force trauma. Penetrating trauma may also lead to internal injuries, which occur when objects from an accident poke through the victim’s skin.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident in Texas?
In 2019, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) found that a combined 1,810 motorcycle drivers and passengers suffered from a suspected serious injury following a motorcycle accident. If you’ve been injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you develop a case and potentially file a lawsuit to receive compensation from the responsible party.
The sooner you act, the sooner a lawyer from Loncar, Lyon, and Jenkins can begin to help you get your life back in order. If someone else’s carelessness or negligence caused your motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. By doing so, you can fight to earn a financial award that covers your accident damages.
Following a free case review with us, our firm can walk you through the entirety of your fight for compensation. We handle insurance settlement negotiations with the opposing party to secure fair compensation that covers your damages.
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Is There a Time Limit to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Texas?
Should we be required to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, we have to do so within Texas’ statute of limitations. According to Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code §16.003, claimants generally have two years from the date of their underlying accident to file a lawsuit for damages.
Why Should I Hire a Motorcycle Injury Accident Attorney?
Our legal team is prepared to do the following for you:
- Gather all the evidence that you require to prove the responsible party is liable for your injuries
- Make sure you understand your rights and options
- Valuate your losses
- Represent you in court
- Handle negotiations with insurance companies
- Recruit expert witnesses
- Speak with eyewitnesses to your accident
If you or a loved one in Texas was injured in a motorcycle accident, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (877) 239-4878 to learn more about your legal recourse options after suffering any of the most common motorcycle accident injuries.
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