Bikers love the lure of the open road. Unfortunately, as traffic increases, it gets more and more challenging to find those wide-open spaces. It also gets more dangerous since the more drivers there are on the roads, the greater the chance of a motorcycle collision.
When you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you may be facing a lengthy, painful, and expensive recovery. A Bee Cave motorcycle accident lawyer can help you ensure the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying for your recovery. Our personal injury attorneys can help you recover for medical bills, lost wages, loss in earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle is already one of the most dangerous activities most people do each day. The chance of death or injury on the roads is much higher than for most other daily activities. The risk is even greater for bikers, who do not have all the advanced safety features that people have in passenger cars or trucks.
While it may be common sense that bikers are more likely to be injured in an accident, many people do not realize motorcycle riders are more likely to get into accidents. It is more difficult to control a two-wheeled vehicle than a four-wheeled vehicle—skids, slides, and loss of control all contribute to accidents. Plus, other drivers fail to look out for bikers, increasing the chance of accidents. A motorcycle wreck lawyer in Bee Cave understands any local risks that might also contribute to the risk of an accident.
In many accidents, both parties share some of the blame. That does not mean a person cannot recover for injuries. Texas is a modified comparative negligence state. When someone is not 51 percent or more responsible for an accident, they can recover for their injuries.
Instead of preventing a person from recovering compensation, the law reduces the damage award to reflect a percentage of the responsibility. For example, suppose the court determines the other driver was 60 percent responsible for the accident. In that case, the damage award will be 60 percent of a person’s total damages. A motorcycle collision attorney in Bee Cave can explain how modified comparative negligence might impact an individual damage award.
Some states require riders to wear helmets, while others do not. Texas Transportation Code § 661 states that any biker under 21 must wear a helmet without exception. For riders over 21, helmets are optional as long as the rider has either completed a motorcycle operator training course or has medical insurance coverage for motorcycle accident injuries.
The helmet law is difficult to enforce—law enforcement cannot stop a helmetless rider to determine if they comply with the qualifications. Instead, they can only inquire about it as part of an otherwise legal stop or in the aftermath of an accident. Because of that approach, many bikers go helmetless, even if they do not comply with the law. Whether or not the injured person was wearing a helmet, a Bee Cave lawyer can help them in a motorcycle crash lawsuit.
Recovery from a motorcycle accident can be extremely challenging. You may be struggling with severe injuries and significant amounts of pain. Plus, the financial stress can be overwhelming. Time away from work and medical expenses can leave people feeling like they are drowning. You may feel too overwhelmed to reach out to an attorney.
However, a great legal team does not add to your stress—they reduce it. Schedule a consultation with a Bee Cave motorcycle accident lawyer. We can discuss the facts of your case and let you know what remedies may be available. Our team can represent your lawsuit so you can focus on healing. Call now to learn more.