Motorcycles have been an emblem of the highway and often appeal to distinct personalities who want to experience the freedom of riding the highways with the wind whipping past you. Motorcyclists are aware of the inherent danger in riding motorcycles and often the lack of awareness other drivers pay to motorcycles. However, if you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
The Texas Department of Transportation noted that in 2014, approximately 500 fatal accidents occurred on Texas roadways, which were attributable to motorcycles. This number represents approximately 10 percent of the total number of motorcycle fatalities throughout the country. While Texas does not lead the way in the numbers of motorcycle accidents or fatalities, it continues to be a state where many accidents are witnessed each year.
Despite the fact that motorcyclists nearly always wear helmets while riding, serious head injury continues to be the leading cause of fatalities among motorcycle riders. While helmets are found to be 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, they are not 100 percent effective. Therefore, a leading cause of death continues to be related to injuries that occur to the head, brain, or spine.
Approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents occurred during 2014 in Texas that led to incapacitating injuries, many of which could be easily preventable.
Motorcycle Accident Recovery
Motorcycle accidents often lead to devastating injuries since they often involve a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle or truck, which substantially outweighs a motorcycle. Not only that, but a motorcyclist is not protected from the impact of the accident aside from their helmet. A helmet does not serve to protect the rest of the body upon impact with a motor vehicle. Therefore, motorcycle accident injuries often require hospitalization and recurring medical expenses. For many people, this can be a devastating impact to both their health and their finances. However, if you were the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be able to bring a claim for damages against the negligent party to request the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the amount of damages you may be entitled to receive. As the victim of a motorcycle accident, you should not be forced to cover the medical expenses and related expenses stemming from the accident.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their motorcycle injury claims. You should not be held responsible for the costs of your recovery when you were following all driving laws. The negligent party who caused the accident should be held responsible for their actions. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.