Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation and millions of motorcycles travel on interstates, city streets and rural roads each day. However, drivers in cars often are not aware of them and they are overlooked on the roadways. This can make sharing the roadways with passenger cars and commercial trucks difficult.
Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars, and about 11 percent of all roadway accidents in the U.S. involve motorcycles, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Motorcycle drivers are not as protected as other drivers in vehicles, which could lead to serious consequences after a crash. In 2012, 4,957 people died in motorcycle crashes, which was 7.1 percent more than the previous year, according to the NHTSA. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.
Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Any time you are injured you could be facing a stressful situation. Medical bills are expensive, and with the lost wages, you could be anxious to return to work. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a Houston motorcycle accident attorney at Ben Bronston & Associates.
The attorneys at Ben Bronston & Associates will fight to get you the compensation you deserve, allowing you to focus on recovery. Ben Bronston has more than two decades of experience, and he is dedicated to getting the best possible results for his clients.
The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code has a two-year statute of limitations on motorcycle accidents, so it is important to contact a Houston personal injury attorney immediately after an accident. Call (713) 225-5236 to schedule a consultation. Ben Bronston & Associates represents clients throughout the Houston area.
Information About Motorcycle Crashes
- Potential Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- State Requirements for Bikers in Texas
- What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
- Resources for Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways. Several factors can contribute to a crash. In some instances, a driver’s negligence can lead to an accident. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some possible causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Not utilizing a turn signal
- Lane splitting, meaning when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes
- Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
- Distracted driving, such as texting
- Ignoring traffic conditions
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Disobeying speed limitations
- Not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or other view obstructions
- Inexperienced motorists
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Intentional hostile actions
Any of these scenarios pose a dangerous risk to other drivers and cyclists on the road in particular. An inattentive driver can easily cause a crash with a motorcycle and lead to serious injury or even death.
State Requirements for Bikers in Texas
Everyone who operates a bike, motorcycle or motorbike in Texas must follow certain rules and requirements. If the person who caused your accident failed to abide by these requirements, this failure may be used as evidence to show they breached their duty when operating their motorcycle.
For example, Texas law requires anyone 20 years or younger to wear a motorcycle helmet when operating their vehicle. Additionally, anyone who is 21 years old or older must have proof of health insurance in order to operate their motorcycle without a helmet.
Motorcyclists also must have a valid motorcycle license, which is known as a Class M license, in order to operate a moped, motorcycle or any other motorized cycle in Texas. Additionally, all motorcyclists must be 16 years old or older, show proof of liability insurance, have passed a Basic Motorcycle Operator Training Course as provided by the Department of Public Safety and have a valid unrestricted license.
All motorcycles traveling on Texas roadways are also required to have certain equipment, including the following:
- An exhaust system
- A head lamp
- A mirror
- A license plate lamp
- A horn
- A serial number or motorcycle identification number
- Steering ability
- Tail lights
- A stop lamp
- A wheel assembly
Failure to follow any these rules or failure to have the correct equipment can be used as evidence in your lawsuit for injuries sustained in an accident caused by a motorcycle rider.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
After a person is involved in a motorcycle accident, he or she may have a difficult time proving they were not at fault because of the reputation of motorcycle drivers as being thrill seekers who attempt dangerous maneuvers.
Many times after a motorcycle accident, the injured party or parties will seek compensation from the negligent driver’s insurance company. However, it is generally a better idea to speak with an attorney first. The insurance company likely will look out for its best interest and try to avoid paying the amount you deserve.
Additionally, an insurance company will only pay out money up to the negligent driver’s policy limits, if that much. Even worse, if the other driver was underinsured or not insured, your medical bills, any pain and suffering and any other damages you may have sustained will probably not be compensated for at all.
Insurance companies also generally take a lengthy time to process a claim after a motorcycle accident, which can ultimately be denied. If you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Ben Bronston & Associates, every effort will be made to help you recover compensation as soon as possible.
Resources for Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
Texas DPS – Motorcycle Riders Course: This link provides information on how to enroll in a motorcycle safety course with the Department of Public Safety. The purpose of this course is to make riders more educated on the necessary safety precautions.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation: The goal of this foundation is promote safer motorcycling and make it more enjoyable by educating and training riders. They also seek to make the roads safer for motorcyclists.
Road Guardians: This organization seeks to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists by providing first response education to motorcyclists. Their belief is that motorcycle safety is comprised of rider education, apparel education, and first response.
Texas Department of Transportation: This link provides motorcycle safety tips, helmet laws and information about public awareness campaigns that work to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents.
Finding an Attorney After a Texas Motorcycle Crash
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash in Texas or Louisiana, contact an experienced Houston motorcycle accident lawyer at Ben Bronston & Associates. The attorneys at Ben Bronston & Associates will work to get the best possible outcome in your case. Ben Bronston will seek justice for those injured because of the negligence of another driver.
Call to schedule a free case consultation. Ben Bronston & Associates represents clients throughout the Houston area, including Baytown, Humble, Katy, Pasadena, Seabrook, Spring, Sugar Land, Tomball and Webster. Ben Bronston & Associates also has an office in New Orleans and represents clients throughout South Louisiana.