Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a motorcycle is a special experience. Sadly, too many Houston drivers just do not see motorcycles and negligence accidents happen and motorcycle riders pay the price. According to TXDOT in 2013 over 5000 motorcycle accidents happened on Texas roads and highways. Men in their late 50’s made up the highest fatality rates for any age group. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars. Texas led the nation in motorcycle fatalities. The number one causes of motorcycle accident were vehicles failing to yield the right of way to motorcycles.
Legal Options for Houston Motorcycle Accident Victims
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident by the fault of another driver then Texas law entitles you to make a claim for damages to your bike and body with the insurance company of the driver that caused the accident. If you were hit by a company vehicle you are allowed under Texas law to make a claim against the driver and the driver’s employer in they were operating their vehicle in the course of their employment. Generally commercial vehicle carry much higher limits of liability insurance than passenger cars therefore your chances of being able to receive full compensation for very serious injuries from your motorcycle accident greatly increase.
Under Texas law you are entitled to make a claim for your property damage to your bike. You are also entitled to make a personal injury claim for damage to your body. You can seek compensation for damages in the past and future damages for medical bills, loss of earnings or earning capacity, physical pain & mental anguish, physical impairment and physical disfigurement.
What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need To Hire For My Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident caused by the fault of another driver you want to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer. A motorcycle accident lawyer is a special type of personal injury lawyer who handles motorcycle accident cases. They have special experience and training representing people who suffered a personal injury or wrongful death caused by a motorcycle accident.
Voted TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers Hugh Howerton is a Board Certified Houston motorcycle accident lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accident cases. If you suffered a serious injury or had a family member killed in a motorcycle accident you want this type of lawyer to represent you in a claim against the responsible driver’s insurance company and in a lawsuit against the responsible individual or corporation.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases We Specialize In
- Blown stop signs or yield signs
- Rear end crashes
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Head-on crashes
- Drunk drivers
- Text/Talking on cell phone
- On Cell Phone
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance company to compensate you for your injury and losses. H
U.S. Motorcycle Accident Statistics
In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in the United States of America. This was a 8.3% increase from the previous year. More riders are sharing the roads with cars and trucks. There are nearly 9 million motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2015. 40% of motorcycle riders killed were not wearing a helmet. You are six times as likely to die in a motorcycle accidents as a car accident.
How To Avoid A Motorcycle Accident
Wear a helmet. I know there is a lot of debate about this fact but wearing a helmet greatly reduces the chance of a traumatic brain injury from a crash. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every 100 motorcyclists killed in a crash while not wearing a helmet, 37 would have survived if they had been wearing a helmet.
Drive Like No Car Can See You. The number one reason for motorcycle accidents is the other vehicle did not see them. Do not assume the other vehicle sees your motorcycle. Act like they don’t see you and be ready to take evasive action.
Get professional training. Motorcycle riders who are self-taught or taught by friends account for more than 90 percent of bikers involved in motorcycle accidents. Getting professional training in motorcycle riding could save your life.
Don’t drink and ride. About 50% of the accidents involving a single motorcycle are caused by speeding or alcohol use –usually these go hand in hand.
Wear protective clothing. When you lay the bike down there is one fact to remember. Your skin was not designed to rub against concrete at high speeds. Protect yourself by wearing goggles or sunglasses, a jacket, full- fingered gloves, long pants, and boots. Your clothing should be made of abrasion-resistant material, such as leather, and fit close to the body. Loose clothing can impair your vision. Choose bright colors so that other motorists can see you.
Check You Mirrors Often. Knowing what is around you at all times can save your life. The easiest way is to check your mirrors often.
Look Ahead For Road Hazards. Hitting a pothole at 60 mph will really spoil your day. Loose rocks, oil spills, holes, bumps and road debris are all things to be avoided.
“Mr. Howerton’s doesn’t just talk a good talk, he WALKS THE WALK”
James Land, Navy veteran
“One Couldn’t Ask For A Better Attorney”
Voted one of the TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers Houston motorcycle accident lawyer Hugh Howerton is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and awarded an “AV” rating which is the highest rating for both legal skill and ethical conduct. Hugh has a record of winning significant settlements for his clients injured in motorcycle accidents.