In 2015, Texas was one of the most dangerous states for motorcycle riders. The state ranked third in the nation for the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities, with the Texas Department of Transportation reporting that 459 motorcyclists were killed and another 8,000 injured that year. These consequences are serious and life-changing for motorcyclists and their families. Too often, it is another person’s careless behavior that leads to these crashes, with the bikers left facing physical pain, emotional turmoil, and financial stress.
However, motorcyclists have rights that can be protected after an accident. Despite facing some unique challenges, accident victims can obtain justice and compensation that can help them move forward successfully with their lives.
In Texas, the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Parker Law Firm fight to make sure that motorcyclists can obtain the compensation they need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially. For motorcyclists, another person’s negligence has serious, and even deadly, consequences. That’s why this dedicated legal team aggressively represents victims. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to file a claim. Call Brad Parker’s Bedford office today or take a moment to fill out the online contact form to learn more.
Motorcycle Accidents Are Different From Other Types of Road Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed than drivers and passengers in other vehicles in road crashes, and more than 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in death or injury to the motorcyclist. By their very design, motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than other types of vehicles. They lack seat belts, air bags, and the protective steel frame that a car provides. Additionally, they can be less stable than four-wheeled vehicles and are much more difficult to see on the road.
While they can maneuver through traffic more easily, the capability of a motorcycle to speed up and slow down rapidly can also present risks. It can be difficult for other drivers both to see them and to respond to the motorcycle’s movements. When a collision happens, a motorcycle’s lack of safety features leaves drivers and passengers at risk for more serious injury.
With little to protect them, motorcyclists are killed or suffer significant physical injuries at a much higher rate than others on the road. Some common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
- Loss of limb
For motorcyclists, more than any other drivers and passengers, the risks on the road are real. They are vulnerable in many conditions, and the injuries they sustain are serious. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Parker Law Firm may be able to help. Call the Bedford office today to learn more about your rights.
Common Causes of Texas Motorcycle Crashes
There are many factors that can contribute to a motorcycle crash. Bad weather, traffic, road debris, or even reckless behavior of a motorcyclist have all caused these crashes. In many cases, however, it is the carelessness of another driver on the road that results in the injury or death of a motorcyclist. Some of the most common causes include:
- Failure to yield
- Driving under the influence
- Objects thrown from other vehicles
In a great many cases, other drivers claim they simply didn’t see the motorcycle. Regardless of what another driver may intend, when he fails to be careful and attentive behind the wheel, a motorcyclist should not have to suffer the consequences.
Bias Against Motorcyclists Can Affect Legal Claims in Texas
While the goal of the Texas civil justice system is to offer impartial and fair decisions, it is sometimes impossible for people to completely set aside their personal beliefs and ideas. The human factor means that there are times when someone’s preconceived notions affect a legal case.
The experience of injured motorcyclists and their attorneys indicates that there is a real and incorrect perception that those who ride motorcycles are usually reckless. This bias is a problem, because it can affect the evidence and testimony in a motorcycle accident case. When witnesses assume the motorcyclist was at fault, it may color their telling of events. A police report can be affected by this bias, which will carry over into court.
Further, this bias often can be found when dealing with insurance companies and their representatives. Adjusters know that juries can be biased against motorcycle riders, and they will try to leverage the uncertain results of a jury trial against the victim in an attempt to protect the insurance company’s own bottom line. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney understands this bias and the tactics of those who try to exploit it. At Parker Law Firm, the tenacious attorneys will fight for to protect the rights of victims and ensure they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation available.
Call These Experienced Bedford Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Motorcycle accident victims have rights when they are injured in an accident, and they can be protected. Facing significant injuries, motorcyclists and their families deserve compensation. In Texas, it is possible for accident victims to obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills and lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, take action today to protect your rights. Call the experienced attorneys at Parker Law Firm or take a moment to fill out our online contact form. You’ll receive a prompt response from a dedicated member of a legal team who will work tirelessly to help you ensure that you get the medical care you need and the compensation to keep your family secure.