Sealy Motorcycle Accident Attorney
While all car accidents are potentially dangerous for the parties involved, collisions between certain types of vehicles are notorious for their devastating consequences. Collisions between vehicles and motorcycles, for instance, tend to result in especially serious injuries for motorcyclists. These types of accidents occur much more often than most people realize. In fact, in 2018, 1,773 motorcyclists sustained serious injuries in Texas, while an additional 2,709 suffered non-incapacitating injuries. Thousands more suffered property damage and minor injuries.
While it is possible for injured motorcyclists to recover compensation from negligent drivers, doing so can be difficult, as many are suffering from catastrophic injuries. Having an experienced Sealy motorcycle accident attorney on your side can make all the difference in these cases, so if you or a loved one were recently injured in a motorcycle collision in Texas, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated legal team today for help.
Why are Motorcycle Accidents So Dangerous?
Most motorcycle accidents are violent and traumatic events, with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimating that more than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in an injury to or the death of a motorcyclist. The severity of these types of accidents can be linked to a number of factors. For instance, ejection is extremely common in motorcycle accidents, meaning that the rider will not only forcibly strike the ground, but also any other objects in his or her path.
Motorcycles also don’t have the crashworthiness and occupant protection characteristics of standard passenger vehicles. Vehicles, for instance, have more weight and bulk than motorcycles, as well as door beams and a roof, all of which work to protect passengers involved in collisions. While motorcycles are more maneuverable, allowing riders to swerve and brake quickly, these benefits are often outweighed by vehicle strengths, which include added stability and bulk.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Motorcycle accidents, like any other collision involving a motorized vehicle, can have a number of causes, but the majority occur as a result of:
- A driver turning into the path of a motorcyclist;
- A driver’s failure to yield to a motorcyclist at a freeway ramp, the entrances or exit of a parking lot, or in an intersection;
- A motorist’s failure to check his or her blind spot before changing lanes;
- A motorist following a motorcyclist too closely (motorcycles usually have shorter stopping distances because they are lightweight);
- A motorcyclist encountering a steep shoulder drop-off, a pothole, cracked or grooved pavement, puddles, or road debris; or
- A malfunctioning motorcycle part, stemming from manufacturer negligence.
Fortunately, when this kind of negligence causes a motorcycle accident, the injured parties could be entitled to compensation for their losses, including reimbursement for medical bills, property damage, and lost wages.
Get in Touch with Our Legal Team Today
To speak with an experienced Sealy motorcycle accident lawyer about your own recovery options following a crash, please call The West Law Office, PLLC at 281-347-3247 today.