Motorcycle accidents
Those who ride motorcycles understand the freedom and joy that comes with traveling open roads across the country. Riders also understand the many dangers that await them every time they take to the road.

John T. Flood is an attorney in Corpus Christi who focuses on motorcycle accident cases. Call (361) 654-8877 today to get compensation for your injury. 

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable on roads and highways, second only to pedestrians and bicyclists. The Insurance Information Institution reported 5,172 in motorcycle accidents in 2017. This tragic statistic rings an alarm for more to be done to ensure the wellbeing of those who lack protection from the elements such as motorcyclists.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles offer zero protection to its riders, which causes the impact of even a minor accident to be multiplied resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. Motorcyclists can take all precautions necessary including safety training and safety gear such as helmets and still not stand a chance against a negligent driver. Unfortunately motorcyclists must face a multitude of obstacles every day they’re on the road.

Distracted Drivers

Similar to pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcyclists must maintain their visibility to other drivers. When motor vehicle drivers’ attention is diverted from the road, they directly endanger the motorcyclists they can no longer see. Drivers engaging in distracted driving behaviors are often:

  • Texting while driving
  • Talking on the phone while driving
  • Eating and drinking
  • Changing the radio station
  • Checking social media while driving
  • Being distracted by vehicle occupants

While these actions may seem minor they result in thousands of accidents each year. A driver’s attention should always be focused on the road so they can anticipate and readily react to traffic and driver behavior.

Intoxicated Drivers

Drivers who drive while impaired put the lives of those with whom they share the road at risk. Drunk drivers are less likely to have clear vision, adequate reaction timing, and other key components necessary to travel safely. Impaired drivers are less likely to notice a motorcyclist and less likely to properly execute driving maneuvers – such as proper lane changes – that could kill a rider.

Road Debris

Unmaintained roads are serious hazards for motorcyclists. The design of a motorcycle is not equipped to handle road debris and hazards that passenger vehicles and large trucks can. A simple pothole can prove fatal for a motorcycle. When cities fail to keep roadways clear, motorcyclists are at risk when they have to swerve to miss hitting an object, which could result in a domino-like effect of other accidents.

Improper Driving Maneuvers

Drivers who make improper lane changes without signaling, without signals from traffic lights, or simply change lanes without looking can inflict serious injuries or kill unsuspecting motorcycle riders. In addition to improper lane changes, left turns are another deadly driving maneuver passenger vehicle drivers make that puts the lives of motorcyclists at risk.

Injuries Associated with Accidents

Motorcycles lack the features motor vehicles are designed with that aim to protect occupants in the event of a crash. Because of this, motorcycle accident injuries are more catastrophic. Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

Serious injuries can alter a person’s life and impose severe financial burdens on an individual and their loved ones. Unfortunately for motorcyclists, the survival rate associated with motorcycle-related collisions leaves riders 27 times more likely to die in an accident than those in a passenger vehicle.

Corpus Christi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Drivers of all vehicles deserve the peace of mind of knowing they will safely arrive at their destinations. Unfortunately, because of negligent drivers and poor road maintenance, motorcyclists are disproportionately affected by road hazards. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. There is limited time to act following your accident in Texas, so don’t delay in contacting experienced accident attorney John Flood to aggressively and efficiently fight for your rights.

Were you injured in a motorcycle accident? Call Corpus Christi attorney John Flood at (361) 654-8877 for a free initial case evaluation. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents

What is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents?

The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is other motorists. Drivers either don’t see motorcycles because they’re blocked by other cars on the road or they’re simply not paying attention.

Who is at fault in most motorcycle accidents?

When a motorcycle and a car or truck are involved in a car accident, it’s usually the car or truck driver that is to blame. One common scenario is when a car is making a left turn and pulls in front of a motorcycle that is going straight.

What is the major cause of death in motorcycle accidents?

Head injuries are the most common cause of death when it comes to motorcycle accidents, even when the victim is wearing a helmet. This type of head trauma is also responsible for many traumatic brain injuries.

Are most motorcycle accidents fatal?

No, most motorcycle accidents are not fatal, although motorcycle accidents cause more fatalities than car accidents. Still, even when a motorcycle accident isn’t fatal, the injuries can be much more significant than those caused by a car accident, resulting in lifelong pain and disability.

Should I get a lawyer for a motorcycle accident?

Yes, if you are a victim of a motorcycle accident, you should hire a skilled motorcycle accident attorney to fight for your rights. The at-fault party’s insurance company will contact you directly and try to gather information about the accident from you in order to reduce your financial compensation. When you have one of our attorneys working for you, we will handle the insurance companies so you can focus your efforts on healing from your injury.

Will my health insurance cover me in a motorcycle accident?

Yes, your health insurance will likely cover the medical treatment you need after you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident; but, you shouldn’t be responsible for deductibles and copays. An experienced motorcycle injury lawyer can help you get the maximum recovery for your injury, including all associated costs.

What are the most common motorcycle crash injuries?

Common injuries after a motorcycle accident can range from minor to disabling. Road rash, bruises, and broken bones may heal, but facial disfigurement, amputation, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries can all create a lifetime of hardship. Our attorneys will help you determine the amount of compensation needed not only for your immediate injuries, but also for future economic loss, pain, inconvenience, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life they will cause.

What is fair compensation for pain and suffering after a motorcycle accident?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it depends on not only the amount of pain and suffering you’ve experienced up to this point, but also the amount of pain and suffering we anticipate you will experience in the future. Naturally, a minor injury will result in a smaller amount of compensation for pain and suffering than a significant motorcycle injury like TBI or paralysis.

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