There is more to being a great motorcycle accident Attorney than reading an accident report. Motorcyclists are often severely injured, and the police may never even interview you before filling out the accident report. This can lead to insurance companies blaming you and denying your claim – or even making a claim against you for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
We do a thorough investigation of each motorcycle accident case we work on. We carefully screen the accident report and if we find errors, we will talk to the police to have them correct those errors. We interview witnesses, evaluate the crash scene, and inspect the vehicles involved. We are committed to helping you recover from your motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accidents killed 496 people in Texas in 2016, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. In addition, there were just over 2,000 Texans who received incapacitating injuries in a motorcycle crash in 2016. Austin is known to be biker-friendly, but when an accident on a motorcycle does happen, the results are usually deadly or life-changing. Texas DOT and others have launched campaigns to encourage all drivers to look twice and watch for motorcyclists.
Since a motorcyclist is not surrounded by metal and shock-absorbing material the way a car driver is, your injuries are often much more severe and devastating. Some of the more common motorcycle accidents we see involve motorcyclists slowing to yield on a highway entrance ramp and being rear-ended, abrupt lane changes by car or commercial truck drivers, and cars or trucks turning in front of the cyclist. But, there are other types of motorcycle accidents that frequently happen as well. Read about some of the more common accidents we investigate:
Construction Zone Accidents
Poorly designed or maintained roadways are much more dangerous for motorcyclists than car drivers. Poor signage in construction zones may also cause drivers to make last-minute lane changes, giving drivers less time to double-check for a motorcycle. Construction companies have regulations they are required to follow when setting up roadway signs. If you’re involved in an accident in a construction zone it is important to contact us immediately so we can make sure photographs of the signage are taken as close to the time of the accident as possible.
Debris on the roadway
Approximately 1200 accidents a year occur on Texas roads because drivers failed to properly secure their loads. Debris on the roadway is also often more dangerous to a motorcyclist than a car driver. Motorcyclists have less opportunity to recover from unexpected maneuvers, and cannot overcome a strike with an object in the roadway the same as a car driver. Another common type of motorcycle accident involves objects falling off a vehicle and being left as a hazard in the roadway. Drivers of all vehicles are required to secure their load so objects don’t fall off the vehicle. It is important to try to identify the vehicle from which an item fell in order to make a recovery in this type of accident. Our Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney has staff and investigators experienced in tracking down these vehicles, and identifying their drivers so claims can be made against their insurance, or a lawsuit filed for their negligence.
The overwhelming majority of motorcycle accidents happen due to poor visibility. Obviously, motorcycles are smaller and less likely to be seen by drivers not keeping a careful eye on the roadway. Unsafe lane changes in urban areas is the third most common cause of accidents after speed and driver inattention. Of course, these causes often work in concert to cause accidents. This is one reason the Texas DOT encourages drivers to pay particular attention to motorcycles when making a lane change. Motorcyclists are encouraged to anticipate drivers’ actions and use caution when passing.
Animals on the roadway
Texas is by default a free-range state. Many counties have elected, however, to become stock counties. The law on whether an animal owner is liable for injuries caused by an animal on the roadway is highly technical and each case must be reviewed carefully. In 2016, Texas DOT reports there were around 11,000 accidents on Texas roads with animals. Those accidents resulted in 31 deaths. Five of those deaths were in urban areas. If you were injured driving a motorcycle and struck an animal on the roadway, contact our Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney for a free case review. We will investigate your accident and help you file a claim against any responsible person.
Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney Summary
We investigate the facts of every case looking to find the facts necessary to fairly evaluate why your accident happened, and find a way to hold negligent people or companies responsible for their actions or inactions. Fighting for justice and fair payment for your injuries requires us to dig deeper than an accident report and witness statements.
A thorough investigation often involves visiting the scene, learning the history of crashes at the site, and digging into the causes that often are not apparent at first glance. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle it’s important to call us as soon as you can.
A lot of people may want to wait until they’ve begun healing physically and feel better. This is a huge mistake. The sooner we get our motorcycle accident investigators to the scene, the more likely we will preserve the evidence we need to prove your case in court.
If you’ve been injured while driving a motorcycle, you need an Austin Motorcycle Attorney who knows the dangers motorcyclists face while operating on Texas roads. We work hard to get you the money you need to recover from these debilitating and deadly auto crashes. Contact us right now!!!