Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle accidents can produce some of the most horrible injuries of any roadway crash due to the level of exposure of the biker. 80,000 to 90,000 motorcyclists are injured and close to 5,000 motorcycle riders are killed every year due to motorcycle wrecks. Texas motorcycle accident statistics show that 463 of those deaths were in Texas in 2016. One commonly reported injury to motorcyclists is traumatic brain injury–an injury that can be lifelong, severe and debilitating. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need a motorcycle accident lawyer who has experience in successfully advocating in these cases.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. in Houston, Texas, our motorcycle accident lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal practice experience handling serious motorcycle accident cases. You can trust us to effectively handle your case while ensuring you get the comprehensive care you need after this terrible accident. Contact us today to speak with a reputable, knowledgeable, and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer about your motorcycle accident claim.
Damages You Are Entitled to Seek Recovery For
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle wreck that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for the damages they have caused you. Some elements of damages you can see recovery for are:
- repair and/or replacement cost of your motorcycle
- past medical bills
- future medical expenses
- pain and suffering
- physical impairment
- lost wages
- mental anguish and emotional distress
- scarring and disfigurement
If you have lost a loved on due to a motorcycle wreck, you may be entitled to recover additional losses such as:
- funeral expenses
- loss of earning capacity
- loss of household services
- loss of society and companionship
- loss of inheritance
For specific details on each damage element, please see: What damages can I recover in a personal injury case?
How Bikers Can Protect Themselves from Unsafe Drivers
If you ride a motorcycle, you should be aware of the following safety tips:
Be visible – make sure cars and trucks see you – if they don’t see you or if you are in another vehicle’s blind spot, use your horn.
Be sure you understand how your motorcycle works and know how to use it.
Make sure your motorcycle is functioning properly and has no mechanical defects.
Take a motorcycle safety and driving course.
Always wear a helmet (Texas law provides that all people under 21 must wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, and people over 21 may not wear a helmet if they have proof of completion of rider training course or proof of insurance covering injuries resulting from motorcycle accident).
Wear appropriate protective clothing, such as boots, leathers, gloves, long sleeves and pants, etc.
Wear light colored clothing or even clothing with reflective material.
Do not drive when you are too tired or impaired.
Follow all rules of the road and obey all traffic signals and signs.
Avoid weaving in and out of traffic and lane splitting.
Make sure your headlight is working and is on, even during the day (Texas law requires motorcycles manufactured after 1975 to have a working headlight on at all times during day and night).
Get a safety inspection every year, as is required by Texas law.
Drive defensively – obey the speed limit, be aware of your position and the positions of other vehicles and pedestrians, be alert at intersections, and navigate intersections carefully.
Overcoming Drivers’ and Jurors’ Prejudices Against Motorcyclists
People who drive cars commonly have a prejudice against motorcyclists. It can be difficult to see a motorcycle on the road, especially when drivers are not paying attention or do not care about motorcyclists. Because of this, many drivers take the attitude that motorcyclists must look out for cars and not vice-versa. When drivers of cars or commercial trucks think they own the road and fail to see motorcycles, the results can be tragic.
Motorcyclists have as much right to the road as any other driver. As experienced Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers, we have been able to overcome the prejudice some drivers have against our clients and get them the medical and financial recovery they need and deserve for their personal injuries and property damage. We work closely with engineers, accident reconstructionists, medical and forensic experts, rehabilitation experts, and others who can help us fully evaluate the circumstances of each case and the needs of each client.
If you would like to learn more about motorcycle accident laws and news, visit our motorcycle blog or take a look at our motorcycle wreck videos below:
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.