Lacking the protection of a steel passenger compartment, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable to serious injuries when struck by a car or truck. The violent impact of a collision can throw a rider off a motorcycle and cause serious injuries and in some cases fatal injuries —whether or not the rider is wearing a helmet.
When motorcycle crashes occur, the other driver is often at fault. Claims by the at-fault driver of a car or truck that they did not see the motorcycle provide little comfort to the seriously injured motorcyclist and the rider’s family whose lives have been shattered.
You need trusted guidance from motorcycle accident attorney who know Texas law and have helped thousands of people.
The Houston motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., guide motorcyclists and their loved ones through the process of recovering financially and physically after a serious motorcycle accident. We will stand by you.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys care about the people in Texas who turn to us for assistance. If your injuries limit your mobility, one of our motorcycle accident lawyers can meet with you at your home, hospital room, or other location convenient to you. Our attorneys will advocate aggressively for you throughout the process of pursuing a motorcycle accident claim. We will investigate the accident carefully and pursue the maximum compensation available. Contact us at our Houston office at (713) 565-1899.
How A Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help
Motorcyclists are five times more likely than occupants of a car or truck to be injured in an accident, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Crashes involving motorcycles often cause severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, neurological injuries, neck injuries, and spinal injuries that have lasting effects.
An injured rider may be unable to return to work and need assistance with daily tasks. Some riders may lose a limb or be paralyzed.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and seriously injured, you will need all the resources available. When our motorcycle accident lawyers handle cases on behalf of seriously injured motorcyclists, we analyze the accident to identify all the potentially responsible parties and their insurance companies.
We also work with life planners to develop estimates of your future treatment needs and living expenses related to the injury. It is important to take into account future medical costs and loss of income in addition to your current medical bills when preparing a claim for compensation.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers negotiate aggressively on behalf of our clients for a settlement that reflects the severity of the motorcyclist’s injuries. A settlement is the quickest way to get the money that you need to regain control of your life.
But in some instances, an insurance company simply refuses to do what is right. Our attorneys are prepared to go to court and seek justice and we are confident of our litigation skills.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by someone else, take advantage of a free consultation to let our attorneys explain how we can assist you.
Motorcycle Accident Claim FAQ
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident or if your loved one was killed in a crash, the understanding and compassionate motorcycle accident lawyers of Herrman & Herrman are here to help you through this challenging time. We provide the support and legal knowledge you’ll want and need on your side.
We’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents, and our lawyers are available to answer specific questions about your case when you reach out to us. Our consultations are free and confidential, so don’t delay in getting the answers you need.
While all riders hope that they’ll never have to experience a crash, it is crucial to be prepared and know the techniques that could help them avoid severe injury. Some tips that could preserve your health in a crash, or possibly save your life:
- Apply the front and rear brakes to the best of your ability to slow the vehicle down before the crash.
- If possible, choose the safest and softest spot to go down.
- Once you’ve fallen, be sure to let go of the motorcycle to avoid being crushed by it.
- Tuck in your ams and legs and try to roll as best you can. Keeping them tucked in could help prevent broken bones, as opposed to sticking your arms out to brace for impact.
- Try to relax as you fall, to prevent ligament and tendon tears that can happen more easily if your body is tense.
After the crash, get out of an active traffic lane to a safe location if you are able to do so. Check yourself for injury. If you’re seriously hurt, call an ambulance or have someone else summon emergency medical services to the scene right away.
If you are not severely injured, contact law enforcement and remain at the scene. Police can help manage the scene of the crash and help injured individuals get medical attention. They will investigate the crash. They may cite a driver whose actions caused the accident.
You will want to get the name, driver’s license number, and license plate number of the other parties involved, as well as their insurance information. When there are other people who happened to see the accident, ask them for their names and phone numbers in case they are needed as witnesses.
Be sure to take as many pictures of the accident scene as possible, including the position of your motorcycle and of the other vehicle involved, any skid marks or other conditions at the scene, and anything else that might be useful as evidence if you have to file an injury claim.
If you are contacted by another driver’s insurance company, decline to speak to insurance company representatives for the other party until you have consulted a personal injury attorney to look out for your interests.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash, there may be a variety of insurance policies available to help you with your medical expenses, repairs to your bike, and other costs. If the crash was caused by another driver, you may file a claim against his or her auto liability insurance. Your own uninsured/underinsured motorist policy may come into play if the at-fault driver was uninsured or your damages exceed the other driver’s liability policy limits.
You should notify your insurance company as soon as possible after a crash. The insurer will need to document the accident. If you are approached by representatives for the other person’s insurance company, you should politely refuse to speak with them until you’ve consulted a personal injury lawyer.
Your lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance company to make sure that you do not make any statements that could harm your claim. Your lawyer will negotiate for a settlement that covers your costs, and will file a lawsuit if necessary, to get what you are owed.
All insurance companies have the same goal of keeping costs low to maximize profits, so they will try to settle any injury claim for as little as possible. Most insurers will look for ways to claim that people were to blame for their own accidents to justify denials of claims.
You may be able to handle a claim involving only property damage on your own. But you will need the help of an experienced accident attorney for any crash that caused injuries or death. It can still be challenging to get what you’re owed whether fault is disputed or not.
Any motor vehicle accident that you are involved in can affect your automobile and motorcycle insurance rates.
In most cases, your rates will be most heavily impacted if you are at fault for the crash. If you were cited for recklessness or negligence, or if your actions caused someone to suffer serious injuries or lose their life, you will likely see your rates increase significantly.
A single accident that was caused by another party should not negatively impact your insurance rate. Your rates could be impacted, however, if you’ve been in multiple crashes. This is because your insurer will take into account the cost of insuring you and the increased likelihood that you’ll be involved in a crash again.
Generally speaking, a good settlement is one that covers all of your past, present, and future expenses related to the crash.
Many insurance companies are well aware of the financial straits that motorcycle accident victims can face after crashes. Insurers try to exploit this situation by offering victims quick lump sum settlements to resolve their claims and limit the insurer’s liability.
While these offers may seem adequate at first, most initial offers are not close to what the victim should receive. Accident victims often make the mistake of accepting an early settlement offer, only to discover that it won’t cover all of their costs, leaving them with no legal recourse to secure more compensation.
An attorney can negotiate a settlement on your behalf and prevent you from being taken advantage of by an insurance company.
The first thing many motorcycle accident victims want to know when speaking to an attorney is what their case is worth. It is a complex question to answer because so many things need to be considered when assigning a potential value to a motorcycle crash case.
The first thing most people will consider is the present cost of their medical bills. As part of that, you must keep in mind your future costs related to medical treatment.
There also should be consideration given to the impact that motorcycle accident injuries will have on a victim’s ability to return to work and earn a living. You may no longer be able to handle the physical demands of your former job. You may have to take a job that pays less than you previously earned. You may claim loss of income or earning capacity among your losses from the accident
One of the major factors when considering the value of a motorcycle accident case concerns fault. A person who was injured because of another driver’s negligence and did not do anything that caused an accident will be in a stronger position than somebody who may have contributed to the crash.
Motorcycle crash cases can take several months up to a year or longer before they are settled.
The insurance company for the other party might offer you a quick settlement. These initial settlement offers are usually low-ball offers designed to get you to go away. It is usually not in your best interest to settle quickly. You should not settle until you have a good idea of the scope of your medical treatment and the impact of the injuries on your future.
Most cases are resolved by settlements rather than going to trial. Even after a lawsuit has been filed, the two sides might reach an agreeable settlement at any time. A case that does go to trial could result in a motorcycle accident victim being awarded compensatory damages.
Because every case is different, it is impossible to set a specific timetable for your settlement. However, an experienced lawyer will be able to tell you how your case will proceed. The attorney will discuss the strategy for getting you the compensation you deserve.
The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Herrman & Herrman handle injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. Under this arrangement, accident victims won’t have to pay any attorneys’ fees out of pocket. Instead, the attorney will get paid a portion of any settlement or court award obtained.
At Herrman & Herrman, our firm handles motorcycle injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We believe every motorcycle injury victim deserves quality legal representation without having to worry about how to afford an attorney. We will fight aggressively for you, and we’ll only get paid if you get paid.
Motorcycle Crashes in Texas
Texas ranks among the states with the highest number of people injured and killed in motorcycle accidents each year, according to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 501 motorcyclists died in crashes in Texas in 2017, and another 2,101 were seriously injured, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Common Causes of Houston Motorcycle Accidents
- Many of those were preventable accidents caused by careless or inattentive automobile drivers. Nationwide, the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents has increased in the last decade, even as other types of vehicle accidents decreased.
- Most motorcyclists in our experience are safety conscious, practice motorcycle safety, and obey traffic laws. Half of the crashes involving cars and motorcycle accidents are caused by automobile drivers who failed to see a motorcyclist or misjudged the speed of the approaching biker.
- Many crashes occur at intersections as cars and trucks are making left turns. The car turns in front of the oncoming motorcycle, failing to yield, and the motorcyclist cannot avoid a collision.
- Automobile drivers are often looking for larger objects such as cars and trucks and overlook a motorcycle, which has a narrow profile. The driver may be talking on the phone and not focused on the road.
- If a car turns unexpectedly in front of a motorcycle, the motorcyclist may be unable to avoid hitting the car and be ejected onto the pavement. Drivers may fail to see a motorcyclist in a vehicle blind spot and move into the rider’s lane, striking a rider or forcing a rider off the road.
Motorcycle riding makes for a fun past-time. Adrenaline-filled sport is also one of the fastest ways to cover the distance by road.
But for all its wonderful, adrenaline-pumping attributes, it has also proven to be very dangerous and extremely prone for road accidents.
These accidents are often life-threatening to the motorcyclist, and in most cases, his or her passengers alike.
More ways motorcycle accidents occur for you to be cautious of when you take your next ride
When cars make turns by the left hand
One very deadly situation motorcyclist’s face is when cars make turns by their left hand. These types of collisions occur frequently, they account for a whopping 42% of all accidents that have to do with a motorcycle and a car.
In most cases, the turning car collides with the motorcycle when:
- The motorcycle attempts to overtake the vehicle.
- The motorcycle tries to breeze right through a small intersection.
- The motorcycle tries to go past the car.
- Usually, the motorcycle is not fully visible to the turning vehicle due to its small size.
- Even more vulnerable are those that try to pass cars that are on the same lane as the cars are often caught unaware.
When motorcycles and cars collide head-on
These situations are in most cases, fatal to the motorcyclist and often to his passenger alike. Accounting for a large, 56% of all deaths involving motorcycles, this is one situation you should be highly wary of.
Drinking and driving
The cry against drunk driving has been on for ages to no avail. Drunk driving also causes a car to car accidents but those are usually not as fatal as that of motorcycle to car or motorcycle to any other object because of the extra protection available to cars.
Lane splitting when driving
One of the advantages most motorcycle drivers thrive on is the ability to switch between two lanes at will, especially in cases of huge traffic jams. While this can be helpful to the motorcyclist and in most cases, his or her passenger, helping them saving time. It can also prove to be highly dangerous and fatal to both parties involved.
While there are many more causes of motorcycle accidents, we believe with these few; if you’re a motorcyclist, you can drive safer. And if you’re a passenger, always ensure to call your motorcyclist to order should he exhibit any of the above red flags.
Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., we recognize that a serious injury can cause added financial stress if you have been unable to work for many weeks or months. If your motorcycle accident was caused by another driver, you can have quality legal representation without paying any money out of pocket.
If your case is one that we can take, our Houston motorcycle accident injury lawyer will handle your accident case on a contingency fee basis. We will advance the costs of pursuing your case and you will not owe any money unless we obtain a settlement or a jury verdict on your behalf. That is our way of putting our clients’ interests first.
If we recover the money, then we will receive an agreed-upon amount of the settlement as payment for our legal services and expenses.
Call to schedule a free review of your motorcycle accident by a knowledgeable Houston motorcycle accident lawyer. Our attorney will review the specific circumstances of your accident and explain your legal options for seeking compensation from the at-fault motorist. Your initial consultation and case evaluation are free. We are available to help.
Your Texas Law Tigers Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Herrman & Herrman is a proud member of Law Tigers, America’s Motorcycle Lawyers. As the Law Tigers attorneys in Houston / San Antonio / Corpus Christi / Rio Grande Valley, our firm has the knowledge and resources to support the motorcycle industry and the riding community.
Since many of us ride too, we understand the challenges that you’re facing and we’ll help you get through this difficult process. Our Law Tigers attorneys will provide you with the representation you deserve, along with access to our comprehensive knowledge of motorcycle laws and motorcyclist rights.
As a member of Law Tigers, our attorneys are equipped with the means to present a strong case that provides you with the compensation to which you are entitled.
Our Law Tigers motorcycle accident lawyers are available for free consultations, where we provide free legal advice and experienced representation. We work on a contingency basis, so there are never up-front charges to you – our Law Tigers attorneys only receive legal fees when you receive your compensation.