How Motorcycle Accidents Happen and What To Do

How Motorcycle Accidents Happen and What To Do

Below you’ll find information and advice from the finest motorcycle accident attorneys in Houston, Texas.

How Motorcycle Accidents Occur

Most motorcycle accidents occur as the result of negligence. The two most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  1. Motorcyclist striking the rear-end of a vehicle.
  • The cause of 1 in 6 accidents according to a 2010 pilot study for the National Highway Traffic Safety Authority
  1. Motor vehicles making a left turn.
  • The cause of 1 in 8 accidents according to the same pilot study.

Numerous other factors can lead to motorcycle accidents, including:

  • four-wheeled vehicles changing lanes with a motorcyclist in the blind spot
  • road defects
  • alcohol or drug impaired-driving
  • poor driving by motorcyclists and other motorists

What should I do if I’ve been in a motorcycle accident?

  • As soon as possible, get to a safe place out of the path of traffic.
  • If you have been injured, call 911 or have someone do it for you.
  • Upon receiving medical treatment, provide the physician with all the details you possibly can about the accident and any pain you are experiencing. A thoroughly documented medical record will help your case should there be a legal dispute.
  • Obtain insurance information, license plate number, registration, and driver’s license number from the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Circumstances such as hit and runs may make this impossible, but absent those, failing to provide the above can result in a fine or even criminal charges.
  • Obtain the names and contact information of any and all witnesses. Doing so may significantly help your claim.
  • Take pictures of the vehicle damage and injuries.
  • If anyone is injured, Texas law requires that you submit a written report to the Texas Department of Transportation within 10 days.
  • Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer ASAP.

DO NOT:

  • Admit fault. Traffic accidents are complicated events caused by numerous factors. Saying too much at the scene of the accident could harm your legal case.
  • Sign anything if your lawyer isn’t present with the exception of a ticket issued by a police officer.
  • Speak with the other driver’s insurance company. Insurance personnel are trained to minimize their company’s liabilities by asking tricky questions.
  • Discuss the accident with anyone except your physician or attorney, as doing so could harm your case should it be tried.

How Motorcycle Attorneys in Houston Can Help

Your best interests are in the forefront of our minds.

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris attorneys examine all possible accident causes to determine if you can recover damages from other motorists, manufacturers, and even from the city. Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents tend to be worse than those in car accidents. Therefore, it’s extremely important you and/or your family obtains fair compensation for all injuries, emotional distress, lost income, and possibly, punitive damages suffered. Your insurance company can provide a little assistance but nothing near the exhaustively thorough investigation your attorney will launch. 

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