The sunshine and open roads in Texas make the state ideal for motorcycle enthusiasts, who can enjoy their hobby nearly year-round. However, major metropolitan areas with congested traffic and long stretches of rural roads alike can often present dangers to bikers, particularly when drivers of other vehicles do not exercise caution in their vicinity.
Nearly 500 motorcycle riders lost their lives in Texas accidents in 2017, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).
If you suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in a motorcycle collision as the result of someone else’s negligent or unlawful acts, a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Conroe could help you seek justice and financial awards. Contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today at (713) 850-8600 to talk to our team about the details of your case.
Texas Motorcycle Accidents
According to the TXDOT, nearly 2,000 motorcycle riders suffered serious injuries in motorcycle accidents in 2018. Additionally, almost 3,000 suffered non-incapacitating injuries, which according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), includes accidents with evident injuries, but that do not require emergency treatment. Over 1,800 suffered possible injuries, which means that while no injuries appeared on the victims’ bodies, they experienced some kind of emotional or physical pain as a result of the accident.
Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet
Many sources provide information about motorcycle accidents based on whether or not the riders had helmets on at the time of the collision. While public health experts agree that helmets certainly play a critical role in saving lives, the person liable for your motorcycle accident holds responsibility whether or not you chose to wear a helmet.
TXDOT reports that in 2017, just under half of all victims in motorcycle accident fatalities wore helmets when the accident occurred. Regardless of whether you wore a helmet at the time of your accident, you deserve justice for your injuries. A motorcycle accident lawyer serving Conroe can help you hold the driver accountable in court.
Increased Hazards of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), motorcycles have a fatality rate 26 times higher than that of passenger vehicles per mile driven. One of the primary contributing factors to the additional hazards associated with motorcycles is their size and open structure, which provides little support to victims in accidents.
Drivers must pay attention to their surroundings and actively look for motorcycles before turning, switching lanes, or proceeding through an intersection. For this reason, Texas established the statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign.
Not seeing your motorcycle might not give the driver an excuse for causing your accident. Contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today at (713) 850-8600 to speak with our legal team about seeking financial awards for your injuries.
Causes of Accidents in Texas
According to TXDOT, some of the primary contributing factors in accidents throughout the state included:
- Failure to control the vehicle’s speed
- Driver inattention
- Changed lane when unsafe
- Disregarded stop and go signals, stop signs, or lights
- Failure to drive in a single lane
- Alcohol impairment
Human error also plays a role in many accidents. Human error includes the failure to:
- Perceive a danger
- React to a danger
- Comprehend the danger
- Make the correct decision in avoiding the danger
If a driver failed to exercise caution or respond appropriately to your presence on the road, a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Conroe might be able to help you prove their responsibility for your injuries.
Determining Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
Victims of motorcycle accidents often find proving liability a challenge, as motorcycle accidents rarely occur based on a single contributing factor. An attorney can help you determine the primary factor at play in your accident and present the evidence in your case to prove responsibility.
Insurance companies typically launch investigations into motorcycle accidents to determine the at-fault driver and try to settle with the victim right away. They often do this before you have had a chance to calculate your losses in the hopes that you will settle for much less than you deserve. Lawyers know the tactics they use and can help you fight for your case in court.
If your motorcycle accident resulted from someone else’s negligence, the driver might be responsible. However, we can also help you hold companies and government agencies accountable when your crash results from their mistakes or unlawful acts.
Unsafe Road Conditions
State and local governments have an obligation to maintain safe roads and highways for public use. If deteriorated road conditions, missing guardrails, unmarked dangers, or other hazardous roadway concerns caused your accident, we could help you seek damages from the appropriate municipality.
Defective Vehicle Parts
If your motorcycle or the other driver’s vehicle experienced equipment failure, the vehicle manufacturer might be responsible for failing to ensure its safety before making it available for consumer purchase. If you or the other driver drove the vehicle as intended in the condition in which you bought it, an attorney might be able to help you prove the manufacturer’s fault and assist you in pursuing a product liability case.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ Can Help You Seek Financial Awards
Motorcyclists have a right to enjoy their ride without the threat of negligence that could cause them injury, loss, and financial instability. Accidents happen, but when they occur because of another person’s failure to make responsible decisions, we might be able to help you hold them accountable.
We understand the difficulties you face in your recovery, so we work with you to manage as much of the legal process as possible on your behalf. We make ourselves available to answer your questions and concerns, and we fight to seek the financial awards you deserve, which might include:
- Medical bills
- Therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Transportation costs
- Property damage
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If you suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in a Conroe motorcycle accident, contact a member of our team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ today at (713) 850-8600 to get started on your case evaluation.