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Houston, TX Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Reckless and negligent drivers can cause a lot of harm to motorcyclists in Texas. When a rider has suffered severe injuries, their road to recovery can involve hospital stays, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and assistive medical equipment. As these costs add up, the financial stress can become overwhelming. But these injuries weren’t the rider’s fault. That’s where a Houston, TX motorcycle accident lawyer from Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm can help.

If you or a loved one was harmed in a motorcycle vs. vehicle collision, we’ll fight for you to get the justice you deserve. The negligent party should be held accountable for their actions. Our lawyers will seek to secure your financial future so you can recover with peace of mind.

Texas Motorcycle Laws and Crash Statistics

As a biker, it’s important to know the laws regarding riding in your state. One of the areas of the law that can vary by state is helmet use. In Texas, riders who are 21 or older don’t have to wear a helmet if they have completed a Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation-approved motorcycle operator safety course. They also must have medical insurance. If you’re using another person’s bike for the skills test, then you need to wear a helmet.

Traffic crashes affect motorcyclists in Texas on a regular basis. The following crash statistics are from 2019:

  • The state had an average of one motorcyclist death per day.
  • 412 riders died in accidents.
  • 1,800 bikers were seriously injured.

When bikers are hurt, they deserve to have representation who will fight for them. A Houston, TX motorcycle accident lawyer will help you or your loved one get justice.

Why Do Motorcycle Collisions Happen?

There are a number of ways that a driver can exhibit negligence and strike a motorcyclist. Our lawyers are familiar with the various reasons why these accidents occur. It’s possible one of the following applies to your case:

  • Inexperience. If the driver has inexperience with motorcycle riders, they may not know to look for them when they’re changing lanes or turning. Bikers are much smaller on the road compared to cars and trucks. A driver could think the lane is clear, but didn’t look closely enough to realize that’s not the case.
  • Aggressive Driving. Other drivers may not want to share the road with bikers. They may weave around them or follow them too closely. If the front of a car gets too close to the biker and hits the wheel, that can cause the rider to lose balance and crash.
  • Distracted Driving. Using a cell phone, applying makeup, or trying to get something out of the back seat all take the driver’s eyes off the road. They could veer out of their lane or not notice that a motorcyclist is in front of them. If they don’t look up or look up when it’s too late, they may crash into the back of the bike.
  • Passing Too Closely. If a driver passes a biker but doesn’t give them enough space, they could clip the side of the bike and cause an accident.
  • Left-Hand Turns. Many accidents involving bikers occur at intersections where someone is making a left-hand turn. A driver could improperly gauge how much time they have to turn and either drive out in front of a biker or collide with the middle to back of the bike.

The one common factor that unites all these different ways that accidents can occur is that they could have been prevented. Drivers can give bikers space, not use their phone, and check the lanes thoroughly before they make a turn. Your Houston, TX motorcycle accident lawyer understands from past clients how frustrating it can be to have suffered an accident and injuries that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. That’s why we stand up for Texas motorcyclists who have been hurt.

Motorcyclists Are at Risk of Debilitating Injuries

Motorcycle accident injuries are often serious because the rider doesn’t have anything protecting them except gear like a helmet or thick clothing. They can absorb a lot of the impact from the crash, in addition to falling from the bike and hitting the ground. Some severe injuries that may occur include:

  • Brain Damage. While a helmet can offer protection and reduce the amount of impact to the brain, it doesn’t take it away entirely. The motorcyclist can still suffer a traumatic brain injury if their brain hits their skull.
  • Spinal Cord Damage. If the motorcyclist’s spinal cord is damaged, they may have paralysis from the injury site to below.
  • Road Rash. When the biker’s skin scrapes against the ground, the friction can cause burn injuries, also known as road rash. In minor cases, this can heal on its own. In a severe case, emergency surgery could be necessary and skin grafts are used to heal the injury.
  • Disfigurement. Permanent scarring or other injuries can cause disfigurement.
  • Nerve Damage. If a part of the body is severely harmed and the nerves are injured, the part may need to be amputated. If it’s not that severe, the motorcyclist may experience less feeling or less control in that part of the body.

Recovering from a motorcycle accident injury can take a long time. You may be required to stay in the hospital. You could need corrective surgery, stitches, or have an injury that requires a medical professional to chance the bandages to prevent infection.

If you’re dealing with an injury that won’t fully heal, then after you’ve healed as much as you can, you need to learn how to live with the injury. This can be an extremely emotional and painful process because you used to do these tasks with ease. You may need to relearn how to do daily activities like bathing and cooking.

As you’re making this adjustment, you may need continuing physical therapy or other forms of treatment. These costs aren’t inexpensive and soon you may wonder how you’re going to continue to afford the care you need. If you can’t return to work yet or you’re unable to do your previous job, your financial situation could cause overwhelming stress. That’s why you need a Houston, TX motorcycle accident lawyer on your side.

Our lawyers will fight for you so your compensation allows you to get the care you need. You won’t have to worry about missing work or how many appointments and treatments you have to afford. When you have the financial security of full and fair compensation, you can work on what matters most: healing.

What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Texas?

The actions you take after a motorcycle accident may help you later when you’re seeking justice. While the moments after an accident are likely confusing, following these steps could benefit you.

  • Assess for Injuries and Get to Safety. Prioritize your safety first. If you’re too injured to move, it’s important to stay put so you don’t injure yourself further. If you’re able to move, get to a safe spot where you’re not in traffic.
  • Call Emergency Services. Get emergency services there as quickly as possible. Medical professionals can administer first aid and police can start investigating the scene.
  • Wait to Get Medical Attention. Allow the emergency responders to provide you with medical attention. You may be in shock and not realize the extent of your injuries.
  • Gather Evidence. If you’re able, it’s important to get evidence from the crash. This includes information from the other party involved, like their name, contact information, insurance policy information, and VIN. You can also take photographs to capture the damage at the accident scene. This saves information about the condition of the road and the day.
  • Speak with Police. When you give a statement to the police, make sure to only recount what you can remember. You may not know how certain things happened because an accident can occur in a matter of seconds. Filling in details or guessing isn’t a good idea because the investigation may prove those details false, and could call you credibility into question.
  • See a Doctor. While you can get first aid at the accident scene, you need to seek a full evaluation from a doctor. You may have other injuries that take time to show symptoms. When you visit a doctor, they’ll assess your injuries and start helping you with your recovery. This will also go on your medical record, which can help you with your claim later.
  • Contact a Houston, TX Motorcycle Accident Lawyer. After you’ve seen a doctor, it’s time to start your claim for fair compensation. A motorcycle accident lawyer will help you with your claim.

When you’ve taken the proper steps after an accident, you’re protecting your rights and gathering important information and evidence that your lawyer can use to fight for you so you don’t have to experience financial hardships when you’re trying to focus on your recovery.  

How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help Protect Your Rights?

When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, the insurance company may offer you less compensation than you deserve. They could undervalue your claim or attempt to deny it. The insurance company will not protect your best interests, which is why you’re going to need a Houston, TX truck accident attorney by your side.

There’s also the matter of fault percentage. If the other side claims that you were partially at fault for the accident, this could reduce your compensation. While the other driver may have been texting and driving and caused the accident, they could claim that you were speeding and the increased speed contributed to the overall severity of your injuries. You may find that you’re up against an unfair bias, as motorcyclists can be stereotyped as dangerous.

Your lawyer will go over the evidence to show that you weren’t responsible for the accident or the severity of your injuries. We’ll prove that the other driver was negligent and their negligence caused the crash that harmed you. Once we’ve shown that you were a victim, then we can start helping you get the recovery you deserve.

We’ll aim to maximize your compensation. Our lawyers will go over the total losses you’ve suffered. Your medical expenses could be high because you’ve suffered severe injuries and the recovery will take months or longer. We’ll calculate the medical costs so you’re able to get the care you need without worrying about the bills.

As you’re going through your recovery, work may not be an option at this time. The days of lost wages and future loss of earnings can put you in a financially difficult situation. We’ll calculate those losses as well so you’re able to continue providing for yourself, and others who financially depend on you.

Your motorcycle accident attorney will total other forms of economic loss and include them in your compensation. We’ll also include your noneconomic losses as well.

You may be eligible to claim pain and suffering damages. We’ll look at what it could cost to live with your injuries each day and how long it will take for you to recover, which can help us with calculating what you can recover for pain and suffering.

Any emotional distress or loss of enjoyment of life are also important factors in your noneconomic damages. Because these don’t have a bill attached to them, an insurance company may try to minimize them and say they’re not as severe as you claim. Our lawyers will make sure your noneconomic losses are fair and reflect the non-financial losses you’ve suffered because of someone else’s negligence.

If the other party showed gross negligence, then you may be able to recover punitive damages. These are designed to punish the negligent party, but are only applicable if your lawyer can prove they acted in an egregious manner. If these are applicable to your case, your lawyer will fight for you to recover punitive damages as well.

Review Your Legal Options with Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm

While motorcycle accidents can have devastating results, our law firm is here to protect injured riders and help them move forward. We’ll take care of your legal claim so you’re able to work on getting the recovery you need.

Get in touch with our lawyers today to start your path to getting justice. We’ll review your options in a free case evaluation and a Houston, TX motorcycle accident lawyer will start fighting for your future.

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