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Exploring Texas’ highways and byways can be a thrilling experience on two wheels, but it isn’t without risk. Car and truck drivers may not always notice motorcyclists, given the small size and profile of motorcycles. That increases motorcycle riders’ vulnerability to wrecks caused by another driver’s lack of attention or distraction.

If you were harmed in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you need help from a Katy motorcycle accident attorney. Fortunately, the Law Office of Shane McClelland’s qualified legal team is here to help with personalized legal assistance. Shane McClelland can investigate the facts surrounding your collision and help guide you through any necessary legal action on your behalf. Shane McClelland will pursue all compensation for damages you are owed caused by negligent parties. If you want to learn more about how the Law Office of Shane McClelland’s services can help you if you have been in a motorcycle wreck, please contact us to request a free initial consultation.

Schedule your complimentary consultation with the Law Office of Shane McClelland by calling (713) 987-7107 today!

What Causes a Motorcycle Collision?

When analyzing the causes of a motorcycle crash, it’s important to consider the other driver’s actions and whether the other driver acted negligently. Your attorney will prove negligence by showing the at-fault driver: 

  • Owed you the duty to follow the rules of the road and operate their motor vehicle safely,
  • Breached that duty by speeding, failing to yield, driving while intoxicated, or some other variant of unlawful activity, and 
  • The breach caused the wreck and your direct personal injuries or property damage.

For example, driving while distracted (texting on their mobile phone or posting to social media), driving recklessly, not paying attention to their surroundings, failing to check their blind spots before changing lanes, or not abiding by traffic laws cause motorcycle wrecks and serious injuries. Negligence often causes collisions between a motorcycle and another vehicle, but sometimes negligent drivers cause motorcycle riders to fall or crash into obstacles without hitting another vehicle. Another’s negligence is the main cause of almost all motorcycle wrecks. And that causes serious injuries for motorcyclists.

If you believe another driver is at all responsible for causing your motorcycle crash that resulted in your severe injuries, it is critical and worth your time to speak with an experienced motorcycle attorney about your legal options.

Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents often result in a range of serious injuries due to the absence of safety features that other motor vehicles provide, leaving riders more exposed and vulnerable to impact. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has collected data that provides insight into the importance of motorcycle safety and the serious injuries motorcycle accidents can cause. Some common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents include:

  • Head injuries: Head injuries are a major concern in motorcycle accidents due to the lack of protection for the rider’s head. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions can occur. Wearing a helmet on a motorcycle significantly decrease the chances that you will suffer serious brain injuries or death. According to expert studies, helmets are approximately 67 percent effective in preventing serious brain injuries.
  • Road rash: When a rider is thrown off the motorcycle and skids along the road, friction can cause abrasions and cuts to the skin, commonly known as road rash. These injuries range from moderate to severe, depending on the speed of the accident.
  • Fractures: Motorcycle accidents often lead to broken bones, such as fractures in the legs, arms, wrists, or collarbones. The impact on the road, another vehicle, or a stationary object can cause significant force on the bones, resulting in fractures.
  • Spinal injuries: The impact of a motorcycle accident can lead to spinal injuries, including herniated discs, fractures, and injuries to the spinal cord. Severe spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis or long-term disability.
  • Internal injuries: The force of impact can cause internal injuries to organs like the liver, spleen, kidneys, and lungs. These injuries may not be immediately apparent and can lead to internal bleeding or other complications.
  • Lacerations and contusions: Impact with the motorcycle or other objects can result in lacerations (deep cuts) and contusions (bruises), which can vary in severity depending on the force of impact and the location of the injury. In some cases, a laceration may be so severe a limb is severed due to the force of impact.
  • Burns: If the motorcycle catches fire or comes into contact with a hot surface during the accident, riders can sustain burn injuries, which can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of exposure.
  • Emotional and psychological trauma: Beyond physical injuries, motorcycle accidents can also lead to emotional and psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.

The severity of personal injuries from motorcycle accidents varies widely depending on factors such as speed, helmet use, protective gear, the type of collision, and the overall health and condition of the rider. To reduce the risk of these injuries, motorcycle riders should prioritize safety by wearing appropriate protective gear, obeying traffic laws, and practicing defensive riding techniques.

What Can I Recover With a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

When you work with our motorcycle accident lawyer in Katy, you can recover the maximum compensation possible for your claim.

In motorcycle accident cases, compensation is often sought for damages such as these:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and income and earning capacity
  • Mental anguish
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Disfigurement
  • Property damage/loss

The actual amount you can recover from a lawsuit may be affected by your portion of responsibility for the accident. Texas uses a modified comparative negligence standard. That means you can recover damages even if you are partially at fault for the accident, but you cannot be more than 50% responsible for the collision. Liability is not cut and dry. You should contact a Katy, TX motorcycle accident attorney to have the attorney analyze the facts of your crash.

Contact Our Katy Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Learn More

Our Katy motorcycle accident lawyer is eager to help those who need help recovering compensation for their injuries. We understand how your life may have been upended and forever changed by another driver’s negligence, so we seek to hold responsible parties accountable for compensation owed to our clients.

If you wish to learn more about legal options for someone in your unique situation, reach out to the Law Office of Shane McClelland today and request a free initial consultation. You can call us at (713) 987-7107 or fill out our contact form.

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