Motor Vehicle Accident – Motorcycle Wreck

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You may take every precaution and adhere to every law. You may be confident in your skills. You may maintain a high standard of safe motorcycle operation. Yet, if a motorist fails to see you while you are riding, an accident can happen in a split second, affecting even the most veteran riders.

A motorcycle crash can be one of the most serious – even catastrophic – types of personal injury on the road. Regardless of the type of accident you are involved with, being in a motorcycle crash can be terrifying. Personal injuries and damage to property are common, and severe injuries are often reported — sometimes, resulting in fatalities. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclist fatalities account for 14 percent of traffic deaths, and they occur nearly 29 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities.

Motorcycle registrations in Texas continue to increase, putting more motorcyclists on the road than ever. And motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as other vehicles. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, an Austin motorcycle accident law firm can help.

There are many types of common motorcycle accidents, including:

  • Head-on collisions, often involving a car or larger vehicle
  • Collisions caused by a turning vehicle, particularly when turning left
  • Accidents that result from lane changes
  • Accidents caused by striking a fixed object, such as a concrete divider
  • Collisions that result from excessive speed
  • Collisions involving driver error or fatigue
  • Collisions caused by poor road conditions or weather
  • Accidents as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol or substances

Why do the Damages and Injuries Tend to be so Severe in Motorcycle Accidents?

Even the safest motorcyclists face some serious accident risks on the road. Cars and trucks give drivers the luxury of a steel enclosure. Motorcyclists do not have that benefit. Without the protection of steel frames, seat belts or airbags, motorcycle riders are vulnerable to serious injuries when accidents occur. Also, according to the Insurance Information Institute, operating a motorcycle requires a different combination of physical and mental skills than those used in driving four-wheel vehicles. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to the hazards of weather and road conditions than drivers in closed vehicles.

Additionally, motorcyclists can be difficult for other drivers to see, making it more dangerous for them to be on the road. The moment of impact can pose very serious dangers, too: a motorcyclist may be ejected, may make direct bodily contact with another vehicle, or may make a serious impact with the road or other objects. Even with protective gear, those dangers mean that your injuries in a motorcycle accident are likely to be severe.

Injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are plentiful, including:

  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Leg and lower body extremity injuries 
  • Various fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia or paralysis
  • Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
  • Serious skin abrasions

What Steps Should I Take to Recover? 

Motorcycle accidents are often the result of other motorists’ negligence, whether it be their inexperience, failure to pay attention, or other careless behavior. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover for the losses you incurred as a result of another person’s negligence.

First and foremost, you should make sure you receive proper medical treatment for your injuries. If possible, take photos of the scene of the crash, and obtain contact information for the parties involved and any witnesses. Document the damages to your bike, along with your personal injuries, as well as all treatments you receive.

Typically, your motorcycle accident claim will be one for negligence. This means you’ll have to prove that the other driver owed you a duty of care to operate safely on the road, and breached that duty by acting negligently. You will also have to prove that the other driver directly caused your damages and injuries. A knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney will ensure the relevant facts and legal arguments are presented in your negligence claim.

Also, there are some unique challenges to preparing an efficient case after a motorcycle accident, and an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can anticipate and help overcome those challenges. For example, many jury members will be car drivers, and they simply do not understand the dynamics of motorcycles. They may assume that the motorcycle rider engaged in reckless behavior that caused the accident. Or, insurance companies may say that a motorcycle rider who rides without a helmet is to blame for his or her injuries, even though you can legally ride a motorcycle in Texas without a helmet under certain conditions. Even if you partially contributed to the accident, you may recover for your damages under Texas law.

To overcome these preconceived notions, our Austin motorcycle accident law firm will investigate and reconstruct the accident scene to determine where fault truly lies. At The Law Offices of Aaron Allison, our Austin personal injury lawyer understands the challenges facing motorcycle accident victims, especially if the case goes to a jury. It’s important to engage an attorney with experience representing parties in motorcycle accidents. Our law firm only takes legitimate cases that have a high probability of holding up to scrutiny and securing compensation for the victim.

How Can Aaron Allison Help?

Motorcycle accident litigation is complex, especially when severe brain injuries occur or when the rider is killed. At The Law Offices of Aaron Allison, our Austin motorcycle accident attorneys seek full and fair compensation for injuries and wrongful death. Rest assured that your motorcycle accident claim will be handled on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no legal fees unless we recover for you. You focus on attending to your medical needs. We will focus on your legal rights and fight to recover compensation for you.

Call (512) 474-8346 to contact our Austin motorcycle accident lawyer and schedule a free meeting with us to discuss your bike accident. We give you an honest assessment of your most realistic options.

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