The numbers are grim: in 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in the United States.; in Texas, 467 bikers died, and 5,970 sustained serious injuries. Nationwide, motorcyclists constitute eight percent of all road fatalities. Motorcycles make up two percent of the vehicles on road, but 8 percent of the fatalities. If you own or operate a motorcycle, you may need a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer you can depend on if you end up injured.
Unprotected motorcyclists are vulnerable to fatal and catastrophic injuries: brain injuries, spinal cord, organ damage, fractures, and road burn.
In Texas, you are not required by law to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, as long as If you’re 21 or older and have passed an approved motorcycle operator training and safety course, or if you have health insurance coverage with no exemption from motorcycle accident injuries. If some other driver caused your injuries, it is irrelevant whether or not you were wearing a helmet; the other driver who caused the accident needs to be held accountable for your losses, and you are entitled to compensation.
Insurance companies are notoriously resistant to paying valid motorcycle injury and wrongful death claims. They are often quick to make the case that a motorcyclist is a risk-taker by virtue of the fact that he rides a bike—nothing more—and they may deny your claim as a matter of routine. This assumption is entirely without validity. In reality, three out of every four motorcycle accidents are the fault of another driver who doesn’t look carefully at his or her surroundings, violates the cyclist’s right of way, and causes a crash. Careless left turns are notorious for causing accidents with oncoming motorcycles. Changing lanes without checking the blind spot can result in a crash when a car cuts off a motorcycle.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, there is a good chance you’ll have to file a lawsuit to collect the compensation that you’re entitled to, because insurance companies don’t pay these claims easily.
For the best results, you’ll need to find an experienced Houston motorcycle accident attorney to help you fight for your right to compensation. Call the Houston law offices of Gordon, Elias, & Seely for experienced professional representation by a seasoned personal injury lawyer. Our attorneys have sixty years of combined experience and have secured millions of dollars for clients with all types of injuries, including catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord and brain injuries.
We work hard at obtaining a recovery that is adequate to compensate you for all of your losses—both economic and non-economic—that the accident caused. We will fight tirelessly for you, and if we can’t negotiate an out of court settlement with a recalcitrant insurance company, we’ll take your case to a jury.
We are happy to meet with you at no cost to review your case and answer any questions you may have. Time limits apply, so don’t wait to call. You are never billed for any expenses or legal fees until your settlement check arrives, and it we don’t win money for you, you’ll owe us nothing. Call today for a free consultation.