El Paso Motorcycle Attorneys
According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are over 90.000 motorcycle accident injuries each year. A motorcyclist is also 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident than the driver or the passengers in even a small car.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Road and Weather Hazards
Bad weather and hazardous road conditions can cause motorcycle accidents; cyclists are less protected than those riding in cars. Motorcycles also have only 2 wheels, making them less stable than cars and other vehicles; this instability becomes dangerous on wet or slippery roads.
The drivers of the other vehicles on the road pose a risk to motorcyclists; drivers that are not paying attention or that fail to notice a bike could easily cause an accident. A motorcyclist has very little protection compared to a passenger in a car or truck; even a small collision can be catastrophic to the motorcycle driver.
Problems with the actual bike, including the brakes, engine and other components can contribute to accidents; unexpected failure during operation can have terrible consequences. Equipment failure in a motorcycle can be considered a product liability and the manufacturer may be held responsible for your accident and injuries.
According to a recent piece in the Insurance Journal, the first 30 days are the most dangerous for a new rider; an inexperienced driver is at the highest risk as they learn to ride. Even experienced cyclists have an increased risk in the first weeks with a new ride, as they learn the specifics of handling the new bike and its limitations.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
A person operating a motorcycle is much more exposed to injury than a passenger or operator in a car or SUV. This increased exposure also leads to an increased risk of injury or death. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Loss of limb/Amputation
- Internal Injuries
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Road Rash
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Permanent physical and mental disabilities
- Head and brain trauma
- Significant neuropsychological deficits
- Memory loss
- Paralysis including paraplegia and quadriplegia
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should seek out prompt medical treatment for your injuries. Even if you do not seem to be hurt or have visible wounds, it is a good idea to see a doctor anyway. Some injuries are not readily apparent, but can be diagnosed by your physician.
Seeking out medical treatment does more than protect your health, it documents the incident and your injuries. If you do pursue a lawsuit, you’ll have clear documentation from a third party that shows the extent of your pain and injuries.
If you are able to do so, gather contact information for everyone present and anyone who witnessed the accident. You may need these witnesses later. Gather information from the other party, their passengers and any third parties who witnessed the accident.
Take photos or videos of the scene, your bike and anything that may have contributed to the accident; your images will not only serve as evidence of the condition of the road, they’ll contain valuable information about the weather and extent of the damage, too.
Compassionate Care, Effective Result
Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet, catastrophic injuries can still result from an accident. Injuries can be severe including head and brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, permanent paralysis, paraplegia and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of a motorcycle accident, trust the experience of a law firm that has been helping accident victims since 1971.
At Forbes & Forbes, the seasoned attorneys at our firm have more than 50 years of combined experience. Motorcycle accidents are devastating to families and we understand that. We understand the serious nature of traumatic brain injuries, as well as the stress of paying for the right medical care and the frustrations of dealing with insurance companies. Our goal is to not only help you secure fair compensation but help you and your family heal.
While some motorcycle accidents may only result in road rash, many accident victims are not so lucky. Reckless or negligent actions by an individual cause serious and fatal accidents. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. While nothing can replace your loved one, we can at least provide you with dedicated representation through either settlement negotiations or trial.
In some cases, a motorcycle accident may have been caused by a distracted driver who was texting or talking on their cell phone. These actions can be considered negligent and cause for a personal injury case. We vigorously investigate all the facts in a case by gathering records, police reports and even reconstructing the accident site. We are there every step of the way from beginning to resolution, all with the goal of providing you peace of mind.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, we can help you get compensation for your injuries and ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us to discuss your case and to learn more about your options; we’re here to help you recover after your accident and to get back to your normal life.