Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Were you or someone you love injured in a motorcycle crash? Motorcycle accidents can cause severe, life changing injuries. If you need strong legal representation you can count on, contact Houston motorcycle accident lawyer Hector Longoria today for a free consultation. Let his experience work for you. 

Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Houston, Texas
Houston Motorcycle Accident LawyerTexas is a wonderful state for enjoying the open road on a motorcycle. But it’s also a dangerous place to ride. In 2016, there were almost 10,000 motorcycle accidents resulting in just under 500 motorcycle fatalities in the great state of Texas.Motorcycle riders are at particular risk due to the lack of protection compared to those riding in a car or truck. Additionally, motorcycles are much smaller in size and therefore are easier for other drivers to miss. Consider how the typical motorcycle weighs less than 800 pounds, with most passenger cars weighing five times that. The laws of physics make it clear: when there is a collision between a motorcycle and car or truck, the motorcycle almost always loses. The consequences of this can be devastating for a motorcycle rider. Even a “minor” accident that should result in a fender bender between two cars with no injuries can result in permanent injuries like paralysis or even death for a motorcyclist.If you ride a motorcycle in Houston or another part of Texas, this underscores the importance of staying safe on the road. But no matter how safe of a motorcycle rider you are, a motorcycle accident is still possible. Should you find yourself involved in one, you’re likely to have a lengthy medical recovery. This is bad enough by itself, but you’ll also have to deal with piling up medical bills and probably have to miss work until you’re healthy enough to leave the hospital. There’s nothing like financial pain and stress to worsen your physical injuries. And to make things even more difficult for you, you’re likely to deal with an insurance company that’s less than eager to fully compensate you for your injuries and property damage.

So if you find yourself in a motorcycle accident, there’s a good chance you’ll need the legal services of a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer like Hector Longoria.

Common Motorcycle Accident Causes

Motorcycles have the advantage of increased mobility compared to passenger cars and trucks. But this also makes it easier for motorcycle riders to drive in a manner that puts them at increased risk of an accident. For example, it’s easier for a motorcycle to weave in and out of traffic. Other common motorcycle accident causes include:

  • Head on collisions.
  • Cars or trucks making left-hand turns.
  • Lane splitting by the motorcycle.
  • Speeding.
  • Collisions with fixed objects.
  • Road hazards, like dead animals, sticks, loose stone, breaks in pavement, uneven pavement and slippery road surfaces.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Hector Longoria is a skilled and experienced Houston motorcycle accident lawyer and can help you get the legal compensation you’re entitled to should you get into an accident. But the best scenario for Texas motorcyclists is to avoid the motorcycle accident in the first place. You can reduce your risk by following the below safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet and other safety equipment, such as a jacket, gloves and protective pants.
  • Take a motorcycle safety course.
  • Always ride defensively and never assume another driver can see you.
  • Ride with your headlight on.
  • Ride in the left or right part of your lane. The center of a lane is more likely to have debris or liquids.
  • Do not speed.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.
  • Make sure your motorcycle is in safe operating condition.
  • Try to avoid being on the road during inclement weather.
  • Only ride a bike you can properly handle.
  • Make sure your bike has anti-lock brakes.
  • Always be on the lookout for road hazards.

Do I Need to Wear a Helmet to Recover Damages in a Motorcycle Accident?

Not necessarily. Under Texas law, all riders who are less than 21 years of age, must wear a helmet. Those who are 21 years of age and older may ride without a helmet, but only if they have either completed a motorcycle safety course or can provide proof of health insurance that will cover injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

That being said, whether or not you are wearing a helmet only becomes a factor if you suffer injuries that could have been avoided or reduced if you wore a helmet. If you were legally required to wear a helmet, but did not, then suffer head injuries, it will be very difficult to recover for your head injuries. But you should still be able to recover for other injuries and damages that weren’t related to whether or not you wore a helmet.

If you were not legally required to wear a helmet, chose not to wear one, then suffered head injuries in a motorcycle accident, you can still recover for your head injuries, but you’ll need to show that you would have still suffered head injuries even if you had worn your helmet. But assuming you can do this, any recovery you obtain for your head injuries is still likely to be lower than if you had been wearing a helmet.

Additional Challenges Facing Motorcyclists

Another issue injured motorcyclists face is the prejudice against them. In a jury trial, it’s more likely that a juror will have a personal bias against motorcycle rider than the average car or truck driver. This can be due to the fact that some people distrust or are wary of motorcycle riders. Even without this fear or bias, because riding a motorcycle is viewed as a high-risk choice, a juror is inclined to have less sympathy for someone injured in a motorcycle accident. The juror’s thought process may be that all of a motorcyclist’s injuries could have been avoided if they simply drove a regular car. It’s unfair, but it’s something that exists and must be dealt with in a jury trial.

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Do You Need to Speak with a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Call Hector today at 713-929-3996 (Houston) or 1-844-357-6337 (toll-free) for a free consultation. He will make sure that if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, your rights are protected and that you receive everything you’re entitled to under the law.