Texas consistently ranks among the top three states with the most registered motorcycles on the road. Despite this awesome statistic, drivers do not pay attention to motorcycle and crashes occur. Motorcycle riders are considered vulnerable road users due to inattention drivers have and smaller size of a motorcycle. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), thousands of motorcyclists are injured—and hundreds are killed—in motorcycle crashes each year.
A motorcycle accident can drastically change a victim's quality of life, leaving them with debilitating or disabling injuries, unable to work, and drowning in unexpected medical debt. While injured motorcyclists may be eligible to seek compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit, they may encounter a number of challenges in the process.
Are you considering taking legal action for injuries and other losses sustained in a Texas motorcycle accident? Here's what you should know.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries Can Be Catastrophic
Motorcycle accident cases differ from traditional car accident cases in one key way: Because motorcycles lack any meaningful form of external protection, the injuries suffered by motorcyclists are often debilitating, disabling, or even deadly. For example, in addition to common accident injuries like lacerations and contusions, bikers may also sustain severe abrasions known as “road rash.” Caused by forcefully sliding across concrete or asphalt, road rash can scrape skin down to the bone and even cause nerve damage. Other serious injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Hand, wrist and ankle injuries
- Torn shoulder ligaments
- Torn knee ligaments
- Road rash
- Spinal cord damage, which can result in varying degrees of paralysis that may be temporary or permanent
- Broken or crushed bones
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Lost or amputated limbs
- Facial and dental trauma
- Scarring or disfigurement
Potential Damages for Motorcycle Accident Victims
For motorcycle accident victims overwhelmed with medical debt, seeking coverage or reimbursement for medical bills is extremely important. Fortunately, Texas law gives personal injury victims the ability to pursue compensation for a wide range of accident-related medical expenses, including doctor visits, hospitalizations, surgical procedures, medications, therapies, travel expenses, and assistive care. Additionally, a fair motorcycle accident settlement or financial award will also include funds for anticipated future medical expenses.
Other potential damages may include:
- Property damage repair or replacement costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more.
Injured Bikers May Face Bias
Thanks to popular culture, motorcyclists have a reputation for being lawless, thrill-seeking, anything-goes types. While this biased portrayal doesn't accurately describe the vast majority of motorcyclists, it can actually make it more difficult for motorcycle accident victims to have their claims taken seriously or obtain fair compensation. Insurance adjusters, juries, and even judges may unfairly assume that the motorcyclist was somehow at fault for the accident and their injuries.
However, studies have shown that, in collisions involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles, the driver of the passenger vehicle is more likely to be at fault. An experienced trial lawyer can help motorcycle accident victims build a strong case and fight for the compensation they deserve.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accidents can have long-lasting physical, financial, and psychological consequences for victims. At a time when motorcyclists should be able to focus on healing, they often find themselves dealing with the constant demands of an insurance company—which can feel like a full-time job. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way.
Have you been hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault? Trial lawyer Elizabeth Larrick of Larrick Law Firm PC can investigate, build and present a strong case, negotiate with insurance companies, or take your case all the way to trial. Elizabeth is a motorcycle rider and understands the point of view a motorcycle rider has when they are surrounded by a highway full of cars and trucks.
Larrick Law Firm PC represents motorcycle accident clients throughout the state of Texas, including in the Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas Metropolitan Areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.