The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that in 2016, 496 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) were killed in accidents. 53% of those who died were not wearing helmets. Also, 1,861 motorcycle riders and 147 passengers suffered incapacitating injuries, and thousands more sustained less serious injuries in bike accidents.
We utilize our resources and knowledge of Texas law to protect you after a bike wreck. But we can also protect you before an incident occurs by reminding you to always wear a helmet and to avoid following another vehicle too closely.
More safety tips include:
- Wear a helmet that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards — not your old high school football helmet.
- Wear protective riding gear, including long pants, heavy jacket, gloves, and boots. Also, wear brightly colored clothing with reflective material, especially at night so others can see you.
- Drive the speed limit and follow all traffic safety laws.
- Keep your distance from other vehicles and give yourself time to react and maneuver.
- Position yourself in the lane so you can be seen and avoid other drivers’ blind spots.
- Make sure you are fully visible when you pass another vehicle, and stay in the center of the lane when you’re being passed.
- Signal before you make any turns, and look both ways before crossing an intersection. Drivers in other vehicles tend to overlook motorcyclists.
- Inspect your vehicle before each riding, especially tire pressure, horn, and lights.
- When riding in groups, drive single-file in a single lane.
Serious Injuries Can Affect a Motorcyclist Long After an Accident
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) figures reveal that 80% of reported motorcycle crashes cause serious injuries. They include road rash, facial fractures, disfigurement, broken bones, and burns from fires. Injuries range from minor to disabling and can involve limb amputations, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
A common motorcycle crash wound is road rash. Most people underestimate the dangers of road rash. If your skin isn’t properly treated after a bike wreck, permanent damage (skin irritations, infections, and nerve damage) is possible.
Being thrown from your bike can cause serious spine or neck injury, which can partially or completely paralyze you.
It is common for those seriously injured in a motorcycle accident to undergo months, even years, of expensive and often painful physical rehabilitation. And even with all that, a lot of injuries can be permanent, where the victim is never returned to complete health.
How Injury Claims Help Innocent Victims of a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle riders and passengers who have suffered serious injury from a bike wreck are faced with many problems, which can include:
- Mounting medical bills
- Multiple surgical procedures
- Long periods of painful physical rehabilitation
- Lost income
- Disability (temporary or permanent)
- If permanently disabled, modifications to their home and possibly the purchase of special vehicles for travel
- Months, even years, of chronic pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Even death
Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law is prepared to help with the following on behalf of our motorcycle crash victim clients:
- Expert and thorough investigation of your accident and all involved
- A formal demand for your injury claim, which we submit to the appropriate insurance company
- Protection from insurance company adjusters. They deal only with us.
- Review of settlement offers made by the insurance company and analysis of their true worth for your consideration; if we settle, it’s because you tell us to.
- Aggressive pursuit of your personal injury case in court if the insurance company fails to submit an acceptable offer or acts in bad faith.
You have the legal right to collect all damages owed you after a motorcycle wreck. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law or fill out our contact form to arrange a free review of your case. If you become a client, we work hard to deliver 5-star service and maximize your potential recovery. And you owe us nothing unless we win.