According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities resulting from motorcycle collisions with another vehicle has been increasing since 1997. In 2007, 375 motorcyclists were killed in Texas because of two–vehicle crashes. One factor may be that in 1997, Texas law no longer required riders 21 and older to wear helmets. In Texas, 60% of motorcyclists killed in 2007 were not wearing helmets.
Motorcycle accidents may cause serious or catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, disfigurement, paralysis and brain injury. These injuries are often much more severe than injuries sustained in car crashes. Motorcycle crashes have various causes, but are often the result of negligent, careless or reckless behavior. Many times, motorcycle accidents happen because the driver failed to see the motorcyclist on the road. Frequently, alcohol–impaired driving is a contributing factor to the collision.
In every motorcycle accident, the key issue is determining who is at fault and whether the accident resulted from someone’s negligence. Negligence is defined as a failure to act as a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances. If the plaintiff can show that the other person acted negligently, and that his/her negligence caused foreseeable injury, then the plaintiff may be entitled to compensation including past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment and property damage.
Therefore, if you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial to investigate the facts and the events leading up to the accident when possible. An experienced attorney can gather evidence from the accident scene, interview witnesses and investigate the facts that can help you establish your claim. Blake Bailey is an attorney who is board–certified the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law. He has tried close to 200 jury trials to completion. Bailey will seek justice for you and your family and giving you the best representation possible.
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