Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Protect Your Rights by Filing a Claim in Dallas
If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, you should not waste any time before retaining the services of a skilled personal injury lawyer. Every type of accident can lead to serious and catastrophic injuries, but motorcycle collisions are especially devastating.
Don’t hesitate to contact MR Civil Justice today, even if it’s just for a free, no-obligation consultation – if you need legal help, our Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers are here for you.
Why Are Motorcycle Accidents so Dangerous?
Without the protection of a passenger vehicle, motorcyclists are exposed to the full impact of any collision they find themselves in. Additionally, the small size of their vehicle makes motorcyclists difficult for other drivers to see. All too often, a driver negligently fails to check their blind spot and causes a devastating accident. Even without other drivers posing a constant danger, motorcycles are less stable than cars and trucks with 4 wheels. If road or weather conditions are off, motorcyclists can be seriously injured.
Other factors that can cause or contribute to a Dallas motorcycle accident include:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Intersection accidents (especially during left turns)
- Lane splitting (this practice of driving between 2 lanes of traffic is not currently legal in Texas)
- Sudden stops
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Negligently maintained roadways
- Defective motorcycles or motorcycle parts
While inexperienced motorcyclists or bikers who ride aggressively or irresponsibly can cause accidents, many multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence (or carelessness) of other drivers.
When this is the case for you, call our firm at (214) 307-8387.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Per mile driven, motorcyclists and their passengers are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants. In 2018, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists lost their lives to traffic accidents. Although motorcycle fatalities are steadily declining, motorcyclists are still overrepresented in fatal collisions.
Further, the statistics above only represent the accidents in which motorcyclists die. The percentage of motorcycle riders who crash is not a measurable statistic because not all motorcycle accidents are reported to the safety agencies that track stats. Most motorcyclists will tell you, however, that almost everyone they know has been in some sort of crash. Any motorcycle crash can result in serious injuries, such as:
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Injuries to the legs and lower extremities
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Facial disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Paralysis and other permanent disabilities
To prevent some of the more severe injuries on this list, we recommend you wear a helmet whenever you ride a motorcycle. In some states, the law mandates helmet use, so you could even jeopardize your personal injury case or insurance claim by not wearing a helmet! Learn more in the next section.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws
In Texas, all riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle. Adult riders who are over 21 may choose to ride without a helmet, but only if they have completed a safety course or have the correct insurance plan. Nevertheless, the Texas Department of Transportation encourages all motorcyclists to wear a helmet and other protective gear, ride defensively, and take a course to learn or reinforce safe riding techniques.
All motorcyclists in Texas are also required to carry a Class M motorcycle driver’s license.
Because riding without a helmet is legal for adults in Texas, you may still be entitled to compensation if you are harmed while riding without one. Similarly, a lack of helmet use will not justify a fatality in a wrongful death case.
Trust Your Suit to Our Firm
MR Civil Justice is your personal injury firm. We will fight tirelessly for you until the best outcome has been secured. If you are offered an insufficient settlement, we will not hesitate to go to trial on your behalf, especially in cases inspired by devastating motorcycle crashes.
We also offer free case evaluations, over the phone at (214) 307-8387 and in-person at our Dallas office. Schedule your appointment today.
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