Driving a motorcycle around Texas can be a liberating experience, and is extremely common with over 440,000 motorcycles registered in the state. While they are ubiquitous on the Houston roads, especially when the weather calls for a nice ride, they are also at a significantly higher risk of injury than those in cars and trucks who share the roads with them. There are a variety of reasons for this increased risk of injury, starting with the decreased visibility that a motorcycle has on a highway as opposed to larger vehicles, but additionally, the rider is at a greater risk of injury because of a lack of protection. We will discuss each of these factors in greater detail below.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in House and suffered injuries from your crash, contact us now to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced legal team. During your consultation, you will be able to learn more about your legal rights as a victim, how we can help you get the compensation that you deserve, and more. We have a history of experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents in Texas and will be happy to bring this experience to your side throughout this case.
Read more below about some specifics around motorcycle accidents, the process of collecting damages after being injured in a motorcycle crash, and how we can help you get what you rightfully deserve. The first step in a personal injury lawsuit is to contact an personal injury attorney, and the sooner you get in touch with us the sooner we can begin to build your case.
Common Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
No two motorcycle accidents are alike, depending on a variety of factors like the angle of the crash, size of the vehicle, speed of the two vehicles, and much more. However, there are many common injuries from these accidents. Some are as follows:
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in all types of vehicle accidents, simply because the injury occurs when the head is jerked back and forth rapidly and strains muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The resulting damage to the soft tissues in the neck causes severe stiffness, headaches, jaw aches, restricted motion, trouble sleeping, and general pain. The best way to recover from whiplash is to keep the head steady and allow the injuries to heal themselves.
Roa rash is another very common injury with motorcycles, which happens when a person hits the pavement at high speed and they have layers of skin scraped off. This is one of the major reasons that it is strongly suggested for all motorcycle riders to wear protective jackets and pants in addition to helmets, gloves, and boots. At high enough speeds, road rash can cause permanent scarring and damage that requires surgery, skin grafts, and reconstructive surgery.
Broken and Fractured Bones
Unsurprisingly, broken and fractured bones are extremely common in motorcycle accidents. A driver or passenger on a motorcycle does not have the additional safety features such as airbags, seatbelts, and a vehicle frame surrounding them to absorb the impact. In addition, a motorcycle rider is ejected from their vehicle upon impact, so will have to absorb a secondary impact when they hit the ground.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
All motorcycle riders under the age of 21 must wear helmets, and those over the age of 21 may choose to not wear one after passing an approved motorcycle safety course, according to Texas law. Regardless of the law, it is always a good idea to wear a helmet, because it is your best defense from a traumatic brain injury, and in many cases, death. There are a variety of traumatic brain injuries that you can suffer due to blunt trauma, such as concussions, permanent brain damage, hematomas, blood clots, and more. If you have suffered a head injury, it is important that you see a specialist as soon as possible to ensure that your symptoms are treated properly.
Calculating Damages After a Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle accident is treated like any other vehicle accident during a personal injury lawsuit. Damages are typically divided between economic and non-economic damages, which are very different and are intended to compensate victims for various types of damages. Each is calculated in their own way.
Once damages are calculated, we will additionally need to determine something called “comparative negligence,” meaning that we will need to determine how much, if any, of the accident was your fault. If it is found that you are 5% responsible for the accident, then we will calculate your total damages as discussed below, and then reduce them by that amount. It is important that we are able to present a clear and compelling case about why your comparative fault is small, if existent at all, to make sure you get the money that you truly deserve.
Economic damages are intended to compensate victims for the measurable costs and expenses associated with the accident. They include things like medical bills, ambulances, emergency care, surgery, recovery costs, assistive devices, and any other medical-related expense related to the injuries from the accident. In addition to the medical issues and expenses, economic damages seek compensation for income-related impacts such as lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and long-term disability in some cases.
Non-economic damages can be more difficult to calculate, simply because they address issues that are either abstract emotions, do not have measurable dollar values or both. They include things like the actual pain and suffering of the injuries sustained, as well as the fear and depression, sadness, and generally decreased quality of life after a serious accident.
In order to calculate a dollar amount for these damages, there are a variety of different tactics that can be utilized. One included using something known as a “multiplier,” a number used to indicate the severity of the damages along a scale. Once the number is selected, it is then applied, or multiplied by the amount of economic damages sustained, therefore providing the victim and their legal team with an amount that is reasonable and understandable to seek.
Contact Us Today
As we have mentioned above, the sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to start building your case. We understand that you are in an overwhelming situation, and as your medical bills increase and your ability to earn an income is reduced while you are recovering, the thought of dealing with an insurance company or a lawsuit can be very stressful. When you are working with an experienced team, you can focus on getting your life back on track with confidence, knowing that your legal counsel is fighting on your behalf for what you rightfully deserve.