A motorcycle accident can be one of the most severe causes of personal injury in transportation. Even when injuries aren’t severe, a motorcycle crash can be terrifying. Injuries and property damage are common in motorcycle accidents, and motorcycle crashes are often fatal. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in an accident than people in passenger vehicles.
Motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as other vehicles. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, a San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents are the result of a collision with another vehicle. The most common types of motorcycle crashes are:
- Head-on collisions, often involving a car or other vehicle
- Collisions at intersections, particularly when a vehicle is turning left
- Accidents that result from lane changes
- Accidents caused by impacting a fixed object, such as a concrete divider
- Collisions that are the result of excessive speed
- Collisions involving driver error or fatigue
- Collisions caused by weather or poor road conditions
- Accidents as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants
Why Are Motorcycle Accident Damages So Severe?
Even when a motorcyclist is driving very safely, they remain at more risk on the road. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than people in cars and trucks, where the vehicle provides more protection from impacts. Also, according to the Insurance Information Institute, driving a motorcycle requires a different set of mental and physical skills than driving four-wheel vehicles, with a greater need for mental attention, physical balance, and environmental awareness. Finally, motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to hazardous weather and road conditions than drivers in enclosed vehicles.
Additionally, motorcyclists can be difficult for other drivers to see when sharing the road. Motorcycles are small enough to easily fit into a vehicle’s blind spot, and the slim profile of a motorcycle makes them harder to see in low visibility conditions.
For all these reasons, motorcycles are at increased risk to be involved in crashes, and drivers have a higher risk of serious injury when an accident occurs. A motorcyclist may be thrown from their bike, may make direct bodily contact with another vehicle, or may make a serious impact with the road or other objects. Even with protective gear, this combination of dangers means that injuries in a motorcycle accident are more likely to be more severe, including
- Head and traumatic brain injuries
- Leg and lower body injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia or paralysis
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
- Various fractures and contusions
What Steps Should I Take to Recover from a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents are often the result of the negligence of another motorist. Negligent drivers may have inexperience, failure to pay attention, or other careless and reckless behavior. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover for the damage and losses you incurred as a result of another person’s negligence.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, 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 for anyone who witnessed the accident. Document any damage to your bike, along with your personal injuries, as well as all treatments you receive.
The most common type of motorcycle accident claim will be one for negligence. This means you will have to prove that the other driver had a duty 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 with their negligent actions. An experienced San Antonio motorcycle accident attorney will make sure that the relevant facts and legal arguments are presented in your negligence claim.
There are some unique challenges to winning a San Antonio motorcycle accident lawsuit. For example, many Texas jury members will be car drivers, and they simply do not understand the dynamics of motorcycles, and who may assume that the motorcycle rider engaged in reckless behavior that caused the accident. Insurance companies may say that a motorcycle rider who rides without a helmet is to blame for his or her injuries, even though Texas law allows motorcyclists to ride without a helmet in certain conditions. Even if the lack of a helmet partially contributed to your damages, you are still entitled to recovery under Texas law.
To overcome these preconceived notions, it’s important to engage an attorney with experience representing parties in motorcycle accidents. Our San Antonio motorcycle crash lawyer will investigate and reconstruct the accident scene to determine where the fault truly lies. At The Law Offices of Aaron Allison, our San Antonio motorcycle injury lawyer understands the unique challenges facing motorcycle accident victims, especially if the case goes to a jury.
How Can Aaron Allison Help?
Motorcycle accident litigation is complex, especially when severe brain injuries occur or when the rider is killed as a result of the crash. At The Law Offices of Aaron Allison, our San Antonio motorcycle accident attorney seeks full and fair compensation for personal 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 recovering from your injury, while we focus on your legal rights and fight to recover compensation for you.
Call 512-474-8346 to contact our San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyer and schedule a free meeting with us to discuss your bike accident. We will give you a free and honest assessment of your legal options.