Statistics compiled over the years have provided conclusive evidence that motorcycles run extremely high risks for being in road traffic accidents. Even if riders are properly trained and aware of their surroundings, they are still in danger of passenger vehicles whose drivers fail to see them. Due to the fact the motorcycle riders have much less protection than drivers in trucks or cars, injuries in motorcycle accidents are very frequent and often severe.
Nationwide studies have determined that, on average, the likelihood of motorcycle riders being injured in a road traffic accident is over 95%, with nearly half of the injuries being serious or life-threatening. In the Lone Star State, crash reports published by the Texas Department of Transportation show over 10,000 recorded incidents of motorcycle riders who were injured or killed in 2011 alone. These casualty rates are much higher than other states because Texas does not require all motorcycle operators to wear helmets. According to the Texas Transportation Code §661, motorcycle riders over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet provided they have proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course.
With a high potential for injuries, fatalities and the lack of a helmet law, Texas motorcycle riders who have been injured in traffic collisions often require extensive and expensive medical treatment. Common injuries suffered by motorcycle riders include soft tissue damage, bone breaks, facial damages, and brain trauma, even if a helmet is worn. The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. wants to ensure that injured motorcycle riders are able to pay for the medical attention their injuries require by letting them know about their rights and the common problems inherent to motorcycle accident cases.
Undercompensated Riders When it comes to filing a personal injury claim for injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents, victims should be aware of the possible difficulties that may arise. Unlike auto accidents involving only passenger vehicles, motorcycle accidents can make determining liability and compensation increasingly difficult. When insurance companies become involved, motorcycle riders run the risk of being undercompensated or even held liable for causing the accident.
The unfortunate fact is that many of these injured motorcycle riders often receive little or even no compensation in accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers. This is often due to insurance companies capitalizing on the unsafe practices associated with motorcycle riders. Claims of motorcycle operators using unsafe speeds, lane changing and lane splitting are common methods used to shift blame and culpability away from drivers of passenger vehicles, especially in cases involving sports bikes.
Without qualified legal assistance, you may fall victim to these allegations and may receive unfair compensation. Our firm is capable of handling cases involving motorcycle accidents and is prepared to defend you rights against insurance companies whose goal is to pay as little monetary compensation as possible. Texas Law, for example, has no explicit stipulations prohibiting lane splitting and still holds drivers accountable for accidents occurring as a result of their negligence or failure to be aware of their surroundings.
Our Firm Can Protect Your Rights The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. is familiar with motorcycle laws, the ways in which insurance companies assess damages and compensate victims in motorcycle accidents and the common strategies used to relieve drivers of passenger vehicles from culpability. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and have recovered compensation for our clients in the tens of millions. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to the favorable outcome of your case that you contact the firm as soon as possible. Do not allow yourself to be undercompensated for an accident you did not cause.