Are you struggling with painful injuries and severe emotional distress because you were recently involved in a motorcycle crash in Houston? You could be entitled to a substantial monetary award. Attorney Brian White & Associates can help you file an injury claim and demand the compensation you deserve.
How Will a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me After a Crash?
Attorney Brian White & Associates has been advocating on behalf of injured motorcycle accident victims in Houston for decades. Together, our motorcycle accident lawyers have more than 45 years of combined legal experience. We appreciate what’s at stake and know just how critical a financial recovery can be. So, we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to secure a meaningful settlement or award on your behalf.
As we navigate your case, our legal team will:
- Determine what caused the accident and identify who contributed to the crash
- Seek compensation from all liable parties
- Protect you if and when you’re blamed for the collision
- Handle all negotiations and communication with insurance companies and interested parties, and
- Consult with experts throughout the process, especially as we work to determine what your case is worth.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Houston, Texas?
Texas – and Houston, in particular, has great weather. The state has many long, straight, open roads. The sights and scenery are breathtaking. Riding a motorcycle is a great way to travel and enjoy all that Houston and the state of Texas have to offer. It’s really no surprise that there are nearly 350,000 registered motorcycles in the state.
However, motorcyclists have to share the highway with other vehicles. When they’re in an urban metro area like Houston, they also have to share the road with bicyclists, pedestrians, and city buses. All it takes is for one person to make a mistake for an accident to happen. And, accidents involving motorcycles do happen.
The number of total crashes involving motorcycles has actually declined in recent years. Back in 2014, there were 8,725 motorcycle wrecks reported in the state. However, the rate of fatal motorcycle crashes has not changed much. In 2014, roughly 5.3 percent of all motorcycle accidents were fatal. In 2018, 5.5 percent of wrecks resulted in death. So, fatal crashes have actually increased slightly.
Motorcycle Crashes Can Cause Catastrophic and Even Fatal Injuries
Wearing a helmet can save your life and significantly reduce the likelihood of suffering a traumatic brain injury. However, helmets can only provide so much protection. It’s not uncommon for motorcycle crash victims to sustain injuries that have devastating short-term and long-term consequences.
At Attorney Brian White & Associates, our Houston personal injury lawyers represent injured riders who have suffered:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Eye injury
- Traumatic amputation
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injury
- Back injury, and more.
Many times, motorcycle accidents are so violent that riders do not survive the extent of their injuries. When that happens, families can potentially recover compensation for their traumatic and untimely loss by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you find yourself in this situation, our compassionate and caring team is here to help you in any way that we can.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Houston
Motorcycle accidents can happen for a lot of different reasons. Most commonly, motorcycle crashes are a result of negligence. This might include:
- Speeding or driving faster than is safe under the conditions
- Riding under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Tailgating or following too closely, and
- Failing to yield the right of way.
Keep in mind that hazardous road conditions, inclement weather, and defective gear can also contribute to or cause a collision with a motorcycle.
It’s critical to uncover every single factor that contributes to a motorcycle crash in Houston. At Attorney Brian White & Associates, our team will invest whatever time, resources, and manpower are necessary to get to the bottom of what happened. Once we know why the accident occurred, we can determine who is financially responsible for the consequences.
Seeking Compensation From All Responsible Parties After a Houston Motorcycle Crash
When a car accident involves a motorcycle, it’s the rider who tends to suffer the consequences. Anyone who contributed to that collision can be on the hook for the costs. This can include:
- Drivers of passenger cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
- Transit companies
- Motorcycle or equipment manufacturers, and
- Government agencies.
Our team will aggressively pursue damages from anyone who caused you to get hurt. Give our law office a call today to arrange your free initial case evaluation to learn more about how we might be able to help.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in Houston?
Lane splitting means that a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic. They literally split lanes while riding down the road, often when traffic is stopped or moving slowly. Lane splitting is divisive. Some believe that it protects riders. Others believe that this kind of behavior causes motorcycle accidents, rather than prevent them.
It appears that Texas lawmakers fall into the latter category – lane splitting is currently against the law. It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck in traffic or simply want to speed by moving cars. You have to maintain your motorcycle in one lane of traffic at all times. If you want to change lanes, you can, but you have to pick a lane and use it. If you split lanes, you can be cited and fined. Additionally, the conduct could be used to limit or prevent you from recovering compensation if you’re injured in a crash.
What Compensation Is Available to Motorcycle Crash Victims in Houston?
The costs of a motorcycle wreck and be overwhelming. If someone else is partly responsible, and you’re not primarily at fault, you can potentially recover compensation. Damages that are typically available in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Medical bills and medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Nursing care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, and more.
Our Houston motorcycle accident attorneys will work diligently to secure a meaningful financial award on your behalf. We won’t let insurance companies or at-fault parties push you around or scare you into accepting less money than you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to File Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Texas?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits – including those related to motorcycle crashes – is two years. So, an injured rider (or a victim’s family members) will have up to two years from the date of injury (or wrongful death) to file a civil claim for damages. Once the statute of limitations expires, so does your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.
Let Our Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Help You Today
Were you recently injured in a motorcycle accident in Houston, Texas? Contact our Houston personal injury law office for assistance with your case. Our personal injury team will work tirelessly to help you secure a substantial settlement or award. All you have to do is reach out to our Houston law firm to arrange a free consultation to get started. You’ll have a limited time to file a claim, so give us a call or connect with us online today.