Riding a motorcycle brings a sense of adventure and freedom. However, with this adventure and freedom comes increased danger. For those who ride, you know all too well the dangers from other vehicles sharing the roadway with you. And an accident on a motorcycle offers a unique set of issues not found in your normal automobile accident. Having successfully represented injured riders in the past, we have the experience to understand those issues unique to motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle Accidents can be Serious
Motorcyclists simply don’t have the same protection that car drivers have; there is no barrier of steel between the fragile human rider and the road or other vehicles. Because motorcyclists are very exposed to all of the dangers of the roadway, motorcycle accidents are typically much more serious than a corresponding auto accident. A motorcycle rider may be thrown, crushed or pinned, whereas the chance of this happening to a car driver or passenger is much smaller.
Beyond the simple dangers inherent in riding a motorcycle versus driving a car, motorcycle accidents are far more likely to involve a stationary object than auto accidents. Poor road conditions can easily cause motorcycle accidents where riders hit trees, walls or guardrails, where a car would be much less likely to encounter the same issues. Colliding with a stationary object on a motorcycle can easily cause broken bones or internal injuries, and makes motorcycle accidents typically more serious than car accidents.
Drivers Don’t Notice Motorcycles
The statistics around motorcycle accidents reveal startling trends. Many motorcycle accidents are caused because the other drivers on the road don’t give motorcycles enough space, or ‘don’t see’ motorcyclists at all. With a startling 40% of motorcycle accident fatalities in collisions with other vehicles caused by collisions with drivers turning left, vehicles turning left is one of the most dangerous things a motorcyclist encounters. Other common causes of motorcycle collisions with other vehicles include:
- Drivers merging into a lane not seeing a motorcycle
- Drivers passing another vehicle and not seeing a motorcycle during a lane change
- Drivers stopping suddenly
- Drivers turning left or right while a motorcyclist is going straight in the next lane
Defensive driving is the watchword to avoid motorcycle accidents, but “I didn’t see the motorcycle” isn’t a valid excuse. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, give me a call to make sure your rights are respected.
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney to Evaluate Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accidents are a very different type of case than auto accidents. Insurers find it easy to create reasons to deny a motorcycle accident claim, so you need an experienced lawyer who can properly investigate your case, attempt to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, and pursue your case to trial if needed. Because of the seriousness of the injuries, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you soon after the accident so a prompt investigation of the facts is done and valuable information is not lost.
Give us a call to discuss your Texas motorcycle accident case, and say “no” to the hassle of dealing with the insurance companies and the uncertainty of not knowing whether you got what your case was worth. At the Kisselburgh Law Firm, we have the experience to represent you in your case. If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact us online or call us to discuss your options.
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