Whether you rely on your motorcycle for your daily commute or simply enjoy riding as a hobby, you know that there’s no other ride like your bike. When an accident causes serious injuries, you know how tough it can be to climb back on. Medical bills, painful injuries, and doctors’ appointments fill your days, along with endless questions: What happened? Who was responsible? How am I going to support my family with these injuries? Will I ever fully recover?
If you or a close family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’re not alone. But it is important to move quickly in order to protect your legal rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Burch Law Firm can help. To learn more, call our New Braunfels office today or fill out our online contact form.
Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
When a car and a motorcycle collide, the motorcyclist nearly always suffers the brunt of the impact and sustains the most serious injuries. Bikes are smaller than cars, with less momentum on impact, and they don’t offer the protective layer of steel between the body and outside forces.
A large number of collisions between cars and motorcycles on Texas roads are caused by negligence on the part of the driver of the car. Talking on a cellphone or texting, eating, and other types of distraction can easily cause a car’s driver to fail to watch closely for motorcyclists – and cause an accident as a result.
Some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents Texas bikers suffer include:
- Intersection Crashes
Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for motorcycles. Although motorcycles have the same legal right to use the roads as other vehicles, drivers of cars and trucks frequently pay attention only to other large vehicles – and do not look closely enough to spot motorcycles at intersections. As a result, a motorcyclist might be hit by a vehicle turning right or left into the bike’s path, or by a car that failed to yield to a motorcycle at an intersection, even though the motorcyclist had the right of way.
- Sideswipes or Rear-End Crashes
These accidents most often occur when the motorcycle is riding in traffic, although they can also take place at intersections. Distraction, darkness, or reckless driving can all result in a car hitting a biker from the side or rear. Because motorcycles have a much shorter stopping distance than cars, many rear-end crashes also occur when the motorcycle stops for an intersection or hazard in the road, and the car behind is following too closely to stop in time.
- Drunk Driving Crashes
Unfortunately, when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking, no one on the road is immune to a potential tragedy – including motorcyclists. Drunk drivers are far more likely to speed, to fail to pay proper attention to the road, and to misjudge the distance between themselves and other vehicles even if they do see them. The resulting accidents are often deadly.
What to Do If You’re Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, take the following steps as best you can. If your crash has already occurred and you missed one or more of these steps, talk to a lawyer. Often, information can be gathered and other steps taken to protect your right to compensation even after the accident scene has been cleared.
- Move out of the road.
If possible, move yourself, others, and any vehicles out of the roadway. If a vehicle or person cannot be moved, use lights, flares, or bright and reflective objects to warn oncoming traffic that there has been an accident. Do not move anyone who is unconscious or is complaining of head, neck, or back pain.
- Call 911.
Call 911 as soon as steps have been taken to protect safety. Tell the police that there has been an accident and give the best description of the location that you can. Cooperate with law enforcement as they investigate the accident, but don’t offer more information than what you’re asked. Don’t speculate about what may have caused the crash.
- Gather information.
Take a moment to write down everything you can remember about the moments leading up to the accident. Take photos or draw a diagram of the scene to help you remember where you and the other vehicle were and how each of you moved. Also, talk to witnesses. Get their contact information, as well as contact information and insurance information for the driver who hit you.If you were involved in a hit-and-run accident, call 911 and speak to police anyway. An accident report can be a valuable part of your case, even if the driver is never located.
- Do not say the accident was your fault.
It’s natural to want to say you’re sorry, especially if you believe you caused the accident or you see that someone else has also been injured. However, it is important at the accident scene not to talk about what you think happened. Instead, let police record the scene, and talk to your lawyer for help investigating your motorcycle accident. Admitting fault could hurt your claim for compensation, and the truth may be that there was nothing you could have done to prevent the crash.
Injured in an Accident? Contact Our New Braunfels Motorcycle Injury Lawyers Today
The attorneys at Burch Law Firm have deep family ties to New Braunfels and over 25 years’ experience helping injured people. We’ve represented clients in a number of motorcycle cases and through a wide range of injuries, many of them serious.
We see ourselves as part of your team. When you contact our office, you’ll speak to one of our lawyers directly. If you’re hospitalized or your injuries prevent you from making it to our office, we’re happy to visit you in the hospital or at home. Our one-on-one communication with each of our clients is part of our commitment to fight for the full and fair settlement you deserve – or, if negotiations fail, to fight on your behalf at trial.
To learn more, call our office today. Or fill out our online contact form if it is more convenient for you.