Motorcyclists are almost 30 times more likely to suffer a fatality and 5 times more likely to be injured due to motor vehicle collision than the passenger or driver of a passenger vehicle. Motorcycles provide a unique opportunity to use roadways with minimal fuel costs, cheaper vehicle costs, and easier parking ability. But, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes and injuries than other motorists. That proposition highlights the need for motorcyclists to be safe drivers around the vehicles they share the road with, and the same need for motorists of passenger vehicles to drive safely and share the road. Our motorcycle attorneys at Pusch & Nguyen have extensive experience in handling the claims that vary from road rash to wrongful death. At Pusch & Nguyen we fight to maximize your recovery and make sure you get the medical treatment that you need.
LEADING REASONS FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
- Inexperienced riders
- Alcohol & drugs
- Lane splitting
- Poor weather and road conditions
- Failing to wear or improper use of protective gear (helmet, leather clothing)
- Weaving in and out of traffic
STATISTICS ON MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
Looking at the relevant statistics can give us an insight into how these crashes happen and how common they can be.
1. In 2013, approximately 88,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents, with 458 fatalities. 94%of the fatalities were the driver, while passenger fatality occurred 6% of the time.
2. The leading causes of motorcycle crashes are unsafe speed, failure to yield right of way, and driver distraction.
3. In the US, half of all motorcycle fatalities are adults over 40. Motorcyclists over 60 are 2.5 times more likely to have serious injuries compared to younger motorcyclists.
4. In 2014, about 30% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were over the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.
5. In the same year, about 35% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time.
6. Riders of “super sport” bikes suffer a death rate 4 times higher than those riders of other types of motorcycles.
SAFETY TIPS FOR SHARING THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLISTS
Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility, and here are a few tips to keep in mind when sharing the road with motorcyclists:
1. Be aware of your blind spots and always signal turns and lane changes when in the vicinity of motorcyclists. Unsigned left turns are incredibly dangerous, and cause 40% of collisions involving passenger vehicles and motorcyclists.
2. Always allow a full lane for the motorcyclists to drive in.
3. Allow plenty of following space when traveling behind a motorcycle. This is even more important with deteriorating or less than great road conditions.
4. When approaching, or stopped at, an intersection, always assume the motorcyclist is closer than it would appear. Due to a motorcycle’s smaller size, judging speed and distance is more challenging.
SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
The following is a list of easy to do steps that every motorcyclist should take in order to ensure a safe ride:
1. Wear a helmet that is rated for highway use, and, if applicable, designed for the specific riding conditions.
2. Wear protective clothes designed for motorcycle travel. Even though the Texas can be unbearable most of the year, you should seek out lightweight protective gear with heavy-duty protective panels covering the spine, torso, shoulders, elbows, and knees.
3. Ride defensively or assume that other motorists have not seen you.
4. Always drive keeping a safe distance between your motorcycle and other motorists.
HOW ARE INJURY LAWYERS FIGHT FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Pusch and Nguyen will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive fair compensation. We have the legal knowledge to prepare the strongest arguments, and may even retain a private investigator to build your case. We will explain all your options, conduct a thorough investigation, and, if necessary, challenge the police report’s findings. All this is in addition to establishing driver fault, road conditions and safety equipment may be inspected.
Most insurance companies settle quickly, thus offer only minimal help to victims. They would rather not wait for you to discover that you have long-term medical or disability issues. To them, it’s only business, but for you, it’s about your future. Never agree to a settlement without talking to a lawyer. If the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement, they will pursue your case in court. It is important that you are fairly compensated for your medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering.
Insurance companies are not in the business of helping people. They are in the business of making money.
HOUSTON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Motorcycle accidents in Houston are not uncommon, and these collisions tend to produce injuries that are significantly more severe than accidents involving other types of licensed vehicles. This is why it is critical to obtain fair compensation for the pain and suffering of the victim. Medical bills tend to be higher than normal because of the nature of the injuries suffered by bikers involved in a collision with any other vehicle. Traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, spinal injuries, broken bones and chronic pain are common in these cases, and it can take many years to recover. However, there is no system in place for providing care automatically to motorcycle accident victims, so bills can start to pile up right away. This causes additional psychological harm to the victim and family members who are already trying to figure out how to get the recovery process started. The last thing on the mind of the injured person is how to do legal paperwork correctly. Unfortunately, this situation leaves many people vulnerable to predatory insurance companies that are always looking for ways to deny injury claims.
Legal Representation, Motorcycle Accidents
Obtaining the services of a personal injury lawyer can change the direction of these types of legal cases. This is absolutely necessary because the injured party must often face a legal battle with a highly skilled legal team that is representing the insurance company’s position. Without an effective legal strategy, the injured person could face sizable medical and legal expenses alone. An experienced personal injury lawyer can ensure that legal documents are obtained according to the requirements of the law, and this will enable the attorney to argue effectively on your behalf in the court. Monetary damages are awarded at the discretion of the presiding judge, so it is critical to have your case represented in an effective manner. With an aggressive, experienced motorcycle accident lawyer on your side, you can be confident that you will obtain the resources necessary to recover as much as possible from the injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Law, Houston
The laws involving the rights of motorcycle riders in Houston can seem complicated, but the basic issue is simple. Insurance companies are in the business of making as much money as possible, and this means that they have a structural incentive to deny claims. People who are suffering from these injuries will often experience mental confusion and intense pain during the most critical part of their legal battle. This can also be used against them by the insurance company’s legal team. Confusion and pain can prevent you from making good decisions. Insurance companies understand this and will exploit the situation unless you have a strong legal team fighting to protect your rights. Our law firm specializes in these cases, and our job is to be an aggressive defense against the tactics used by insurance companies to deny you the benefits of receiving compensation.
Financial resources are absolutely critical when dealing with medical expenses, legal bills and lost wages. Injuries from a motorcycle collision are often severe, and this can be a financial blow to the whole family if the person who was injured was the primary provider of the household. Confusion, pain and trauma can make it even more difficult to understand what to do next. To make appropriate decisions, you need good information and analysis. Head traumas often occur even when the rider is wearing a helmet, and the confusion and pain can make it difficult to think clearly. In addition, injuries from motorcycle accidents in Houston often result in a loss of income due to the inability of the injured person to work. This is why it is essential to have an aggressive legal team advocating on behalf of the injured motorcyclist.
Additional Legal Challenges
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reported that motorcyclists who wear comprehensive protective gear during an accident were more likely to sustain serious injuries than a person riding in a car. This is a significant finding for anyone interested in the difference between a motorcycle collision and other types of accidents. There is a high chance that the motorcycle rider will experience severe injuries during even minor collisions. In addition, the relative vulnerability of motorcycles on the road means that there is a good chance that the court will award damages. However, there are no guarantees, so you will need a qualified legal team on your side to aggressively pursue fair compensation.
Legal experts who have experience handling motorcycle accident cases can protect the rights of the injured person. This process should start as soon as possible to get the best results. Legal cases require the collection of evidence and documentation to support the claim of the injured motorcycle rider. Failure to collect the evidence properly is just as harmful as not getting the right type of documents. This may include personal records, medical statements, witness testimonies, police reports and other critical records. To get the most desirable outcome, this process should be started immediately after the accident occurs. When you have a legal representative on your side, you can focus on recovering. Let our legal firm handle the paperwork on your behalf. Our experienced legal advisers provide consultation services to help you make the most informed decisions possible. Get started right away, and avoid the problems that come from waiting too long. Contact our offices immediately after a motorcycle accident occurs.
CONTACT OUR ATTORNEYS TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
Not all accidents can be avoided. If you have suffered bodily injury caused by the negligence of another motorist, or by defects in the road, please call us at Pusch & Nguyen. Our experienced legal team have helped numerous riders and can help you too. If your motorcycle insurance is refusing to pay, call us immediately so we can investigate your claim and determine the responsible parties in order to hold them accountable for their negligence. Our consultation is always free, and you pay a dime unless we win.
We are dedicated to helping the victims of motorcycle accidents receive full compensation needed for their medical bills and ongoing care. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our Houston Motorcycle accident injury attorneys, call 713-524-8139 or fill out our online contact form. Our office is located in Houston Texas, and we have the ability to meet you elsewhere if that is more convenient for you.
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