Lubbock Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and deadly for bikers. Because of your physical vulnerability on a motorcycle, you are at a much higher risk for injury or death when involved in a collision with another vehicle. Motorcyclists are commonly thrown from their bikes against the other vehicle, the pavement, or other roadside objects. As a result, injuries can be severe and fatalities can easily result.
You have a right under Texas law to seek compensation for the injuries you sustain in an accident that is caused by the wrongdoing of the other party. However, translating that right into a fair settlement that fully covers all that you have suffered and lost can be difficult. The other party and his or her insurer will likely fight you and take steps to minimize or deny your claim. At The Gorilla Law Firm, we can represent you in this matter by ensuring that your claim is backed up with appropriate evidence and we can use our honed negotiation skills to help you secure a fair result. We know what it takes to fight insurance companies whose sole interest is to shore up their profitability by paying out as little as possible on claims against their policyholders.
Arrange for a free consultation with a Lubbock motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your case. You can reach The Gorilla Law Firm via online message or at (806) 375-3855.
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), 521 individuals on motorcycles lost their lives in accidents in the state in 2021. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that, in 2020, 5,579 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents which represented 14 percent of all such fatalities. This was an 11 percent increase over the previous year and the highest number to date of motorcycle fatalities.
Motorcyclists are at much higher risk for injury because motorcycles are less crash-worthy than motor vehicles. Because they are two-wheeled instead of four-wheeled, they are less stable. Furthermore, they are less visible in traffic. A common statement by motorists when colliding with motorcyclists is that they “didn’t see” the biker.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents can include:
- Poor road conditions. This can include slick roadways or those with gravel or sand in which motorcyclists slide, causing road rash, broken bones, and more.
- Poor weather conditions. Rain, snow, and fog can make visibility difficult for everyone on the road, raising the risk of injury for motorcyclists.
- Distracted drivers. Drivers who are distracted by cellphones or by such activities as eating, drinking, grooming, and more, can easily lose sight of motorcyclists.
- Lane changes. When motorcyclists change lanes, they can be lost to motorists’ blind spots.
- Motorists turning left into oncoming motorcyclists. This happens in intersections when motorists fail to see the oncoming biker or make poor judgments about how close the biker is to their vehicle.
- Failure to obey traffic laws. Speeding, running stop signs, tailgating, making illegal U-turns, and more, by motorists can all lead to collisions with bikers.
The NHTSA has reported that 80 percent of motorcycle collisions result in injury or death for the biker as opposed to only 20 percent for passenger car occupants. This statistic clearly indicates the danger motorcyclists face in traffic.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Injuries sustained by motorcyclists can range from road rash to concussions, torn ligaments, fractures, herniated discs, internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. These injuries can sideline you for days, weeks, or months, or cause permanent disability in which you will need ongoing care forever.
Ensuring you have the financial resources you need to recover as much as possible in the wake of a motorcycle accident is vital. Do not depend on insurance adjusters and representatives to provide that. Put a seasoned attorney on your side whose sole job is to hold the other party and his/her insurer accountable for the full extent of your injuries and how they will affect your life now and into the future. At The Gorilla Law Firm, you can count on our efforts to do just that through thorough investigation, claim preparation, skilled negotiation at the settlement table, or aggressive litigation in court.
Book your free case evaluation with a Lubbock motorcycle accident lawyer by contacting us at (806) 375-3855 today.
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