Motorcycles are an increasingly popular mode of transportation in the Lone Star State; More than 400,000 motorcycles were registered in Texas in 2014! Yet, motorcycle injuries and fatalities still occur at alarming rates.
At Patterson Law Group, we understand that riding a motorcycle is a personal choice that includes additional risk factors not associated with other enclosed vehicles. Because serious injuries are common in motorcycle accidents, we’re dedicated to ensuring our clients get the most compensation when and if an injury or accident occurs.
If you’re in need of motorcycle accident attorneys in Texas, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Motorcycle Safety in Texas
In 2015, 459 motorcycle riders and passengers died in Texas; more than 1,800 people suffered incapacitating injuries.
Texas does not have a universal helmet law, which means riders 20 years of age and younger are required to wear a helmet, but riders 21 and older are not. So whether you choose to wear a helmet or not, Patterson Law Group is dedicated to helping motorcycle victims who have suffered injury, or wrongful death, as a result of another’s poor behavior while sharing the road.
Watch Out for Motorcycles
Knowing where crashes occur allows drivers to be more vigilant when driving around dangerous intersections. Using this interactive map, check out where the most accidents happened in your area within the past 6 years.
Common Injuries and Cases
Motorcycle accidents are less common than car crashes, but they often cause more serious injuries to riders and passengers. The federal government estimates that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in a crash per mile driven, compared to drivers of other types of vehicles. Common injuries suffered by those in a motorcycle accident include road rash, broken or fractured bones, brain injury, and death.
There are several circumstances that commonly cause these problems:
- Car-motorcycle crashes—typically involving a vehicle that did not see the motorcycle
- Sudden stop collisions
- Sudden door openings
- Poorly maintained roadways
- Bad weather conditions
In the event of an accident, motorcycle accident lawyers in Texas act on behalf of the victim, or their family, apprising them of their rights, and aiding in various legal challenges. At Patterson Law Group, we help motorcycle riders get back on their feet after a motorcycle accident. This may include medical expenses, lost earning capacity, and ongoing medical needs or treatments. Hopefully, it will also include getting back on your bike!
Liability and Damage Assessment
Motorcycle accident attorneys in Texas must consider liability and damages to properly value a motorcycle case. Liability refers to who was at fault, and whether or not negligence can be proven. Proving fault is our responsibility if we take on your case. Damages awarded for a motorcycle accident include compensation for incurred injuries and other losses that were suffered as a result of the accident; typically, the more serious the accident, the greater the damages. Liability and damages coincide and affect the value of a motorcycle accident claim.
A serious motorcycle accident can change a person’s life in an instant; families are affected, friends, communities, and beyond. Accidents resulting in injury could mean extended time off work, high medical bills, and personal pain and suffering. Patterson Law Group is always here when and if you need us. Tell us your story and we’ll give you the representation you need to make it through a terrible event.
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