Fuel economy, the unencumbered view of the surrounding area, and a feeling of freedom are among the top reasons commuters love their motorcycles. However, the lack of airbags and a steel frame surrounding you also means that collisions with an automobile or other object can result in catastrophic injuries. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you understand your options and take your personal injury fight to the insurance company.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, we’re here for you. Our staff knows how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of a collision, and we’re here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve. If your property was damaged in a motorcycle accident or you ended up in the hospital, damages and injuries can add up quickly.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Lane splitting
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Sudden stops
- Dangerous road conditions
- Unsafe lane changes
- Inexperienced drivers
- Left turn mishaps
- Vehicle defects
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
According to the NHTSA, more than half of all motorcycle fatalities in 2017 occurred in urban areas, and more than 90% on non-interstate roads. In many of these cases, the driver of a passenger vehicle looks in the direction of the motorcycle but still pulls out in front of the bike. The result is a look-but-failed-to-see, (LBFTS), crash. It is a common type of collision involving motorcycles. This phenomenon, called inattentional blindness, occurs when drivers see something they do not expect. LBFTS accidents happen regardless of whether the driver is distracted or focused on the road.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you stay calm and follow this procedure. Once you’ve checked everyone for injuries, call 911. In some states, you are legally required to call the police even if it’s a minor fender-bender. The police officers will document the scene and fill out an accident report. This report will help you with your claims process so make sure you obtain a case ID from the police officer evaluating the scene.
In order to gather full information about the accident, it’s important that you yourself also document the damage done to both vehicles, preferably by taking pictures of both vehicles and the accident scene. Exchange information with the other driver, such as full name and contact information, insurance company and policy number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and the type of vehicles involved in the accident.
If the authorities do not arrive at the scene, it is even more imperative that you obtain as much information at the scene as you can in order to avoid any issues with filing your claim.
Texas Motorcycle Safety Laws
Motorcyclists must take a basic motorcycle safety training class before they can get their Class M license and legally drive their bike on Texas roadways. Riders under 21 must wear a helmet. Those over 21 can legally ride without a helmet if they have the right insurance plan and have completed a safety course. Tips to stay safe when sharing the road with other automobiles include:
- Take a course on safe riding techniques
- Turn on your headlights
- Wear a helmet
- Ride defensively
- Avoid driving in the center of the lane where oil and debris build-up
Experienced Motorcycle Injury Attorney
Insurance companies often see bikers as reckless drivers. Even if you have taken defensive driving classes and have proven yourself a safe driver, you could still be seen as the stereotype, and not get the compensation you deserve. Having an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in your corner plays a critical role in recovering damages from your accident. Their experience with insurance companies and in the courtroom can make the difference in your case.
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We’re here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call us at (512) 650-1000 or fill out the form below to get your free case evaluation.