Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. They often result in more severe injuries than typical car crashes because motorcycle drivers have much less protection than that of other motor vehicle drivers. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you are likely experiencing extreme physical pain and emotional distress. You may fear the mounting medical costs and of the accident’s effect on your income.
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Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Severe Injuries
As of 2013, there were around 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcyclists face a greater risk of serious injury and death than car occupants because they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. In fact, 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in injury or death compared to just 20 percent for car-accident victims. Moreover, it is estimated that motorcyclists are 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident than passenger car occupants.
Common injuries incurred in motorcycle accidents include:
Cuts and bruises
Mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries
Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
Internal organ injuries
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are 26 times more likely to cause a fatality than other motor vehicle accidents, according to the NHTSA. When a loved one is killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against those responsible. It can be difficult to prove fault in such cases, and insurance companies may gather teams of lawyers to defend the responsible party. You need an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer on your side. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has the experience and resources necessary to fight for your rights against insurance companies and third parties.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Compared to cars and trucks, motorcycles are inherently less stable, more difficult to see on the road, and require more skills and coordination to operate. However, the majority of motorcycle accidents are not the motorcyclist’s fault. While motorcyclists are expected to take special precautions on the road, the reality is that a significant portion of motorcycle crashes are caused by inattentive drivers who claim that they did not see the motorcyclist. Nearly one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are the result of drivers turning left into the path of the motorcycle because they did not see them or incorrectly judged the speed of the motorcycle.
Leading causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:
Cars turning left into the paths of motorcycles going straight
Cars sideswiping motorcycles when they change lanes
Uneven road surfaces
Wet road surfaces
Objects or debris in the roadway
Poor weather conditions
How to Prevent Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
In the event of a motorcycle crash, the most important factor in preventing injuries and death is wearing protective gear, which includes a leather jacket, helmet, gloves, eye protection, and appropriate footwear. Because head trauma is the leading cause of severe brain injuries and death in motorcycle accidents, wearing a helmet is essential. Helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle fatalities and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.
Skilled Representation for Motorcycle Accident Victims
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
Past and future medical costs
Loss of earning potential
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have over 27 years of experience helping accident victims obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. Our team of skilled Houston personal injury attorneys will conduct a comprehensive investigation of your accident, collect evidence of your injuries, and build the strongest possible argument in your case. We understand the long-term impact a serious injury can have on your life and we are here to help guide you through every step of the legal process.
We offer a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your case and explain your legal options. Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at today to find out how one of our talented Houston personal injury attorneys can help you.