Of the 32,885 people that were fatally injured on our roads in 2010, more than 4,500 of those deaths were motorcyclists. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that this figure was a 14 percent increase from 2009, with this illustrating a trend of increased motorcycle collision deaths over a 13 year period. While there can be a variety of factors that can cause or contribute to a motorcycle accident, due to the lack of protection that bikes provide to their riders, even a low-speed collision can cause catastrophic injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another motorist or a defective component, that individual may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries, which can include provision for medical and outpatient treatment costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, medication expenses and most other costs associated with the recovery of the victim.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “CONFIDENTIAL EVALUATION” form located above.
Popular Motorcycle Designs
Many motorbike riders agree that the feeling of riding on the open road can often outweigh the inherent risks of sharing the road with the other drivers. With this in mind, many motorcycle designers and manufacturers rely on these emotions to help sell their products. Some of the most popular types of motorcycles include:
- Cruiser (Harley Davidson, Indian)
- Chopper (Custom design)
- Dual Sport (Suzuki DR, Honda XR)
- Off-road (motocross / enduro / trail / trials / track)
- Scooter / Moped (Vespa, Lambretta, Kymco)
- Sport Bike (Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki Ninja, Suzuki GSX)
- Sport Touring (Kawasaki ZX, Ducati ST4)
- Touring (BMW K 1200, Honda Goldwing)
… Just to name a few. While the majority of these designs cater to the needs and desires of motorcycle enthusiasts, unfortunately they offer little protection to the rider in the event of a collision.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
It’s an unfortunate fact that many motorcycle accidents are not caused by the rider – they are often created by negligent motorists or hazardous road conditions. However, some of the most common accident causes include:
- Distracted drivers
- DUI / DWI
- Bad weather
- Failure to indicate
- Blind spots
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Mechanical failure
- Bad road conditions
Another cause of serious injuries is also the roadside curb. When a rider falls from their bike at speed, the momentum often carries them off the roadway and onto the road shoulder. In many areas, the roads do not have a soft shoulder (which usually consists of lose gravel or dirt that blends into grass) but a concrete gutter to help direct rainwater away from the road surface and into the storm water drainage system. Needless to say, when a rider hits this concrete curb, the results can be catastrophic.
Common Types of Accidents
When riding a motorcycle, many riders do their best to stay visible to other motorists on the road – either by keeping out of blind spots, having their headlight/s on during all hours to even having a loud exhaust on their cycle, so that other drivers can hear them. However, in some instances, even these preventative measures are just not enough to avoid a crash as many drivers are often distracted or simply not paying attention to the task of driving their vehicle. Some common motorcycle crash types are:
- Limited visibility
- Single-bike crashes
- Broadside accidents
- Head on collisions
- Rear end accidents
Following any crash, it’s important for the injury victim to seek urgent medical attention to address any injuries that have occurred during the accident. Once that step has been taken, by contacting our motorcycle accident attorneys, we can ensure that your best interests are being represented while the rider is recovering.
Types of Injuries a Rider Can Sustain
With most bikes offering their riders little in the way of protection, in most cases the best form of protection for a rider is their defensive riding skills. However, in some instances where an accident is unavoidable, the resulting injuries to the rider can be life-changing. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Nerve damage (also known as “riders arm”)
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Dental damage
- Skull fractures
…. Among many others. While the medical costs associated with treating these types of injuries can be extremely high, it’s often the loss of income that affects not only the injured rider, but also their families and other dependents.
Motorcycle Accident Victim? Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
The entire team at the law offices of Arguello, Hope and Associates strongly believe that negligent motorists must be held responsible for their actions and can provide the experience, guidance and resources that motorcycle accident victims need when filing a personal injury lawsuit. With a hard-won reputation of defending the rights of the individual – not large firms and corporations – we have the determination to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation. Our primary office is located in Houston TX and we proudly provide comprehensive legal counsel to accident victims in:
…. And most of the towns and cities that surround those areas. To learn more, contact us today at 1-888-CLAIM-68 (1-888-252-4668) and after speaking with our intake staff you will be quickly connected to one of our lawyers that is best suited for your case.
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