Those injured in a motorcycle accident may find their lives have been changed forever. Even when a helmet is worn by the motorcyclist, he or she is essentially defenseless when hit by a vehicle. Unlike those in a vehicle, there is no safety belt, no airbag, and no glass and steel “cage” to protect the motorcyclist. Because motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable when an accident occurs, they are also extremely likely to face significant injury or death. Seeking legal representation is crucial for motorcyclists involved in an accident. A highly-skilled motorcycle accident attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm, can handle your Hurst motorcycle accident—or any motorcycle accident in the state of Texas.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys exclusively handle serious injury cases. We differ from many smaller firms in that we have the resources to handle larger cases and take cases to trial. We handle only a select number of cases at a time with a team-based approach to resolving motorcycle accidents. We have an on-staff investigator, and sufficient resources to take your case all the way through trial. Once retained, we will immediately contact the insurer of the defendant, dealing with them directly. If a reasonable settlement offer is not forthcoming, we will never hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were 455 motorcycle accident fatalities in 2015. Fatalities for motorcyclists across the nation are overwhelming for male motorcyclists, but there are more and more female motorcyclists, so that is expected to change. The Texas Motorcycle Analysis Report revealed about 375,000 motorcycle registrations in the state for 2017. In 2017, about 43 percent of all motorcycle operators killed in a collision did not have a Class M license or were unlicensed. In Tarrant County, between 2012 and 2016, 165 motorcyclists per 100,000 residents were involved in a motorcycle accident.
Southern states, like Texas, are much more likely to have motorcycle accidents than the more northern states, ostensibly because there are more motorcyclists in warmer climates. Most motorcycle accidents occur in urban areas due to significantly more traffic. Urban areas also have pedestrians and bicyclists which can force a motorcyclist to brake or swerve quickly, as well as road hazards, like potholes and construction zones.
Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, often when the driver of a vehicle makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. Generally speaking, vehicle drivers tend to be less vigilant about watching for motorcyclists than they are for other vehicles. A vehicle driver may change lanes without properly looking for a motorcyclist, causing a serious accident, or can open the door of a parked car into traffic, causing the motorcyclist to slam into the door. Finally, vehicles can back out of parking spaces without looking for motorcyclists, resulting in a motorcycle accident.
One stumbling block for injured motorcyclists can be the perception by jury members that motorcyclists are hard-living, reckless, and renegades who don’t obey traffic laws. While this is far from the truth, these stereotypes can be hard to overcome. An experienced attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm, is well-aware of these stereotypes and can take the necessary steps to combat these stereotypes, presenting your case clearly and concisely.
Obtaining medical treatment should always be the number one priority for those involved in a motorcycle accident—or any type of accident. Because your body is flooded with adrenaline during an accident, you may not realize just how badly you are injured until later. In many cases, those who believed they were “fine” following an accident turned out to be anything but fine. Following your motorcycle accident, do the following:
Motorcycle accident injuries are different from injuries associated with other auto accidents because the motorcyclist has so little protection. Other than a helmet, and leathers, if worn, the motorcyclist has virtually no protection from serious injury. Often, when a vehicle hits a motorcyclist, it sends him or her hurtling through the air, usually landing on hard pavement, or rough gravel.
If the motorcyclist is not wearing protective clothing, road rash can occur. Road rash can be very severe, even fatal. Infection can set in, causing many more medical issues. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and serious internal injuries are all common injuries associated with a motorcycle accident. A motorcyclist with any of these serious injuries could spend months, years, or a lifetime undergoing medical interventions and rehabilitative therapies.
Proving damages will be a crucial part of your motorcycle accident claim. Your motorcycle accident lawyer will look into:
A highly skilled motorcycle accident lawyer from Noteboom—The Law Firm may use medical and vocational experts to fully prove your damages. We will accurately determine the extent to which you have been harmed, and then we will send a settlement demand to the negligent party’s insurer. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will proceed to litigation. We take a team-based approach to each and every case. This benefits you by improving the likely outcome of your claim. We have been practicing personal injury law since 1982. Contact Noteboom—The Law Firm today!