We Represent Injured Bikers and Their Families
People love motorcycles because they offer remarkable freedom and power. However, the statistics are grim. Motorcycle riders are 27% more likely to die in a crash than someone in a car or truck. In 2019, there were more than 7,710 motorcycle accidents in Texas, causing thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths.
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If your family suffered a loss or you were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, you have legal options. At Crosley Law, our motorcycle accident attorneys represent injured bikers who have been hurt by other careless drivers. We always put our clients first, and we use evidence-based litigation strategies to serve injured Texans.
Below, we’ve outline information about motorcycle accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death cases. However, keep in mind that nothing compares to personalized advice from an injury lawyer. To schedule your free consultation, use the contact form on this page or call our office at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
Texas Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Compared to other vehicles, motorcycles have very few safety systems. Their smaller size also makes bikes less visible on the road. This leaves motorcycle riders vulnerable during a collision. For these reasons and more, one careless action can result in catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle crash. Motorcycle accident injuries can include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe road rash, lacerations, and other soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the eyes and face
- Spine and spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage, including lung and kidney injuries
- Death Dislocated joints
- Fractures, including:
- Broken arms
- Broken legs
- Dental fractures
- Rib fractures
- Pelvic fractures
- Skull fractures
- Nerve damage
- Emotional injuries, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Many motorcycle injuries require intensive medical treatment, time off from work or school, and ongoing care for permanent disabilities. With the help of a bike accident lawyer, you may be able to recover financial compensation (known as damages) for injuries that resulted from someone else’s reckless driving.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Texas?
Motorcycle crashes have many causes. While factors like weather are out of our control, many wrecks involve negligence and risky decisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other sources, some of the most common causes of motorcycle collisions include:
- Speeding Failure to yield the right of way (especially during a left turn)
- Drunk driving and drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Improper lane changes
- Ignoring traffic control systems, like stop signs and traffic lights
- Defective car, truck, and motorcycle parts
- Motorcycle inexperience
- Lack of a motorcycle helmet
Texas Motorcycle Helmet Laws
Currently, riders in Texas do not have to wear a helmet if they are at least 21 years old and have either completed an approved training course or have health insurance that would cover motorcycle-related injuries. However, the science is clear: helmets save lives. In 2017 alone, NHTSA estimates that helmets saved more than 1,800 people’s lives. Crosley Law encourages all riders to wear protective gear when they’re a motorcycle.
In Texas, not wearing a motorcycle helmet can have another consequence. Under our state’s comparative fault rules, insurance companies often try to reduce compensation by blaming the victim. If the insurance company tries to use our state’s comparative fault rules against you, contact an experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyer.
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Insurance Companies Frequently Deny Motorcycle Accident Claims
All motorcycle riders in Texas must carry a minimum level of liability insurance. However, this policy only covers when you’re at fault. After a motorcycle wreck, you’ll need to file insurance claims with the at-fault driver’s insurance companies.
Motorcycle accident claims typically involve multiple insurance policies, including:
- Motorcycle liability insurance
- The at-fault driver’s auto insurance
- Personal insurance protection (PIP) policies
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UI/UIM) policies
Your motorcycle insurance claims might be different, depending on the circumstances of your accident. For example, if the driver who hit you was working at the time of the crash, you may be able to make claims against their employer. If a part malfunctioned and caused the crash or made the crash worse, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer.
Any time an injury-causing accident involves multiple insurance companies, the chances for disputes and litigation increase. Insurance companies are for-profit companies that want to reduce their costs and liabilities. They often try to shift the blame to other insurers and deny liability, which leads to disputes.
If your motorcycle accident claim was denied or you received a low settlement offer, contact Crosley Law immediately. There are strict filing deadlines in motorcycle and other motor vehicle accident claims. If you do not file a claim or lawsuit within the correct timeframe, you will automatically lose your right to compensation. Use our online form to schedule your free consultation with one of our motorcycle crash lawyers now.
Victims Need a Skilled San Antonio Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
A motorcycle accident claim typically involves more than just completing a few insurance forms, which is why it’s so important to contact a qualified and experienced motorcycle accident law firm. Your attorney can start working on your case right away by:
- Applying Texas’ personal injury laws to your situation
- Reviewing and analyzing medical records
- Reconstructing the motorcycle crash using police reports, data, and expert witnesses
- Interviewing witnesses and experts
- Calculating your damages, which may include compensation for:
- Medical care, including hospital and doctors’ bills, physical therapy, and mental health treatment
- Lost income and wage-earning capacity
- Costs associated with tasks you can no longer do (like self-care, lawn maintenance, and housecleaning)
- Pain and suffering
- Reimbursement for property damage
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Negotiating with the insurance companies and their lawyers
- Carefully following all procedural and evidentiary rules
- Guiding you through your lawsuit and educating you about your options
Due to the complexity of motorcycle accident litigation, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer. At Crosley Law, we can talk to you about the strength of your case, guide you through the claims processes, and help you file a motorcycle accident lawsuit if necessary.
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Crosley Law: San Antonio’s Trusted Motorcycle Injury Lawyers
The San Antonio motorcycle accident attorneys at Crosley Law use careful legal and factual analysis, aggressive litigation strategies, and cutting-edge technology to tackle your lawsuit. We also offer a no-fee policy. If you would like more information about how we handle motorcycle injury claims, contact us using online form or by calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 to schedule your free case evaluation with an attorney from our team.
Count of crashes by body style, 2019. (2020). Texas Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved from http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2019/28.pdf
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Fact + statistics: Motorcycle crashes. (n.d.). Insurance Information Institute. Retrieved from https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-motorcycle-crashes
Motorcycle Operator’s Manual (2014, June). Texas Dept. of Public Safety. Retrieved from https://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-8.pdf
Motorcyclist fatalities and injuries by age group and helmet use, 2019. Texas Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved from http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2019/10.pdf
Traffic Safety Facts: Motorcycles, 2017 Data. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Retrieved from https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812785
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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