With its beautiful scenery and quality roads, Texas is a great place for motorcycle riders to enjoy the open road. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the state has one of the highest numbers of registered motorcycles in the country – nearly 420,000. Unfortunately, Texas also leads the way in a much less desirable metric – motorcycle crashes. In 2019 alone, motorcycle accidents in Texas led to 412 deaths and left more than 1,800 motorcyclists seriously injured.
That means the chances of getting injured if you ride a motorcycle are often high. But you don’t have to deal with the aftermath of a crash alone. At The Burkett Law Firm of Corpus Christi, we are committed to protecting the rights of those who get injured in motorcycle accidents. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call our office today to book a free consultation and case evaluation.
Causes and Prevention of Motorcycle Crashes in Texas
Motorcycle crashes happen for a wide range of reasons. Some of these include vehicles making left-hand turns, drunk driving, motorcycle lane splitting, speeding, and distracted driving, to mention but a few. With this acknowledgment, the state government in Texas has set forth several motorcycle safety regulations in a bid to prevent crashes and reduce the seriousness of accidents that happen. For example, all motorcyclists must possess a motorcycle safety training license and wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle. The state government has also launched
a motorcycle safety campaign as a way to raise awareness of the importance of safety on the roads. While all these measures have helped reduce a significant number of severe accidents, motorcycle crashes are still a major concern in Texas.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
No matter how careful you are on the road, getting involved in a motorcycle accident is not uncommon. The reason behind this is pretty simple. Not all motorists obey traffic rules and exercise caution while on the road. Considering that motorcycles lack the same protections that come with other automobiles, you are more likely to get injured in a crash. In many cases, motorcyclists suffer friction burns, neck and spine injuries, fractures, head injuries, and TBIs.
Regardless of how minor or severe your injuries are, the personal injury lawyers at The Burkett Law Firm of Corpus Christi can help you get what you rightfully deserve from the at-fault party’s insurance provider. We know all the unscrupulous tactics used by insurance companies to deny accident victims their rights and will use the knowledge to help you recover fair compensation for your damages.
Pursuing a Motorcycle Accident Claim
When you file a claim after a crash, you are typically alleging that another person caused your injuries and that you deserve compensation for the damages resulting from their negligence. Under Texas law, you must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the negligent party was expected to act in a responsible way to protect you from foreseeable harm and that their actions or failure to act directly led to your injuries. Put differently, you must show a judge or jury that:
- You suffered a loss or injury due to the accident
- Another person is responsible for your loss or injury
- The negligent party failed to exercise reasonable care
If the defendant can prove that you are partly to blame for your injuries, this may affect the amount of compensation you get. To avoid getting frustrated by these kinds of legal complications, it is essential that you enlist a capable personal injury attorney to help you with your case. The lawyers at The Burkett Law Firm of Corpus Christi can help you understand the Texas personal injury laws that may apply to your situation and what to anticipate in a legal process.
Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? Hire Us to Protect Your Rights!
The Burkett Law Firm has provided legal assistance to thousands of Corpus Christi individuals injured in motorcycle accidents for more than a decade. With every case we take, we review all facts to identify the negligent or at-fault party and establish the claim’s value. More than that, we work closely with our clients to help them recover a fair settlement that caters for all expenses stemming from their injury. These include medical bills, lost wages to pain and suffering. If you have been injured due to other motorists’ inattentive or otherwise poor driving, give us a call today so we can review your case.