Motorcycle accidents happen all the time as a result of negligence. Thousands of motorcycle crashes due to irresponsible car or truck drivers are reported across the state of Texas each year. Motorcyclists sustain serious injuries or fatalities when these crashes are caused by drivers of larger vehicles who choose not to attend to motorcyclists.
MAJOR CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Though there are many circumstances under which motorcycle accidents occur, some reasons are more common than others when car and truck drivers are at fault. Some of the most common causes include things like
- Inattentiveness/distracted driving
- Inexperienced driving
- Alcohol/drug use while driving
- Reckless driving
MOTORCYCLE CRASH INJURIES
When drivers of cars and trucks cause motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclists will end up with substantial property damage, but even more consequentially, will suffer significant physical injuries ranging from road rash, broken bones (especially in the face), and internal bleeding to collapsed lungs, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Moreover, many motorcyclists tragically die in such accidents.
Motorists should be aware of motorcyclists when traveling on Texas roadways. Why? Because motorcyclists are drivers, too.
“On average, one motorcyclist dies in a crash on Texas roads every day. In 2021, 519 riders lost their lives and 2,318 were seriously injured in crashes. More than half of fatal motorcycle crashes result from collisions with other vehicles. Drivers simply don’t see the motorcycle or misjudge its distance and speed. The small size of motorcycles can make them appear farther away when they’re actually closer. The combination of congested roadways, distracted driving and the difficulty of seeing motorcycles in traffic has led to many preventable fatalities each year.”
~from the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Motorcycle Safety Campaign – Share the Road”
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
The first thing you should do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident is to get immediate medical attention. As EMTs, paramedics, and doctors attend to you, make sure they document your injuries in writing, including any referrals for mental health services to help you deal with things like shock, anxiety, PTSD, etc.
You should also make sure 911 is called so you can file an official police report regarding your accident–doing so is key to making sure your case is properly investigated by local law enforcement. Once you have filed a police report, you should hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to represent you in any legal battles that follow your accident.
A personal injury attorney will provide legal representation for you if you have been harmed in a motorcycle accident. He will be able to build a case that helps you recoup lost financial earnings due to an inability to work, as well as medical costs and legal costs. If you need the services of a reputable motorcycle accident attorney in South Texas, reach out to the McAllen, Texas-based attorney, Manuel “Manny” Guerra of Guerra Law Firm, P.C. When you need an experienced lawyer you can trust, you can be sure that the knowledgeable and experienced counsel at Guerra Law will work hard to help you reach the best possible outcome in your case. Contact Guerra Law Firm, P.C. at any time online or by calling 956-625-0239.