Motorcycle Accidents: Common Facts
Many motorcyclists ride because they enjoy the feeling of freedom that comes with the open air, and maneuverability allowed when on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, there are also many dangers inherent to motorcycle riding that do not come with other forms of transportation. There are some important things that San Antonio riders should consider when involved in motorcycle accidents, common facts about their roadside vulnerability being one of them. The most obvious of these dangers is that there is no barrier between the rider and the road other than the protective gear the rider may be wearing. Other drivers on the road are often unaware of motorcycles due to their low profile, making them difficult to see. These dangers can lead to serious injury to the rider if they are involved in a motorcycle accident.
For these reasons, San Antonio riders must be familiar with the motorcycle laws in Texas, including insurance laws, and what compensation is rightfully entitled to riders if they are injured in an accident. This is important especially if the accident is due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver. Consulting with a San Antonio motorcycle accident attorney is a crucial step when determining which laws apply to your accident when recovering sustained damages. Here is a closer look at motorcycle accidents’ common facts that show why a consultation with an experienced motorcycle law attorney is so important:
- Two out of three motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists who breached the motorcyclist’s right of way.
- The likelihood of a rider being killed in an accident is nearly 26 times that of a person involved in an automobile accident.
- A motorcycle rider is 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident than someone in a passenger vehicle.
- Since 1999, the number of fatalities of drivers and passengers of cars, trucks and SUVs, has been falling due to increased safety standards and better engineering of the vehicles. Motorcycle fatalities, however, have increased by nearly 100% since that time.
The damages that can be caused as a result of a motorcycle accident can be devastating. Picking up the pieces after such trauma can be difficult if there are mounting medical bills or car repair work needed. The lawyers at Carabin & Shaw can explain to clients who have been in motorcycle accidents’ common facts that can protect them after being involved in a collision. Especially in cases where you are not at fault, there are steps that can be taken after an accident to ensure that you have all the evidence and information needed to support your claim. If you have been in a motorcycle accident in San Antonio, you have a team of lawyers who are on your side and understand motorcycle laws in Texas.
Riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, but when operating a motorcycle, the rider must be defensive, alert, and exceptionally careful of the other drivers around them. Unfortunately, even the best, most experienced rider is sometimes at the mercy of the other drivers on the road and cannot always be in complete control of their situation. When a motorcycle accident occurs, in particular if it is the result of another driver’s recklessness or negligence, then the rider or the rider’s family should be fully compensated for any damages or losses suffered.
The legal team at Carabin & Shaw stands ready to help San Antonio drivers fight for their rightful compensation. Motorcycle riders can’t control the actions of other on the road, but they can control their right to full and fair compensation by relying on Carabin & Shaw to represent them after a collision. Initial consultations are free and our bilingual attorneys are able to assist you with your claim in English or in Spanish.