Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle Injury Attorney Serving Houston, TX
Motorcycle riders are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to traffic collisions with passenger cars or other vehicles. The chances that a rider will be injured or killed in a collision are far greater than those for an occupant of another vehicle. In fact, per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to die and 5 times more likely to be injured in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger cars (according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The high fatality rate for motorcyclists is a testament to the truly catastrophic nature of the injuries they may experience.
Representing riders throughout the Houston area, we at Stern Law Group are committed to helping motorcycle accident victims seek justice and recover fair compensation. We handle insurance claims and lawsuits pertaining to motorcycle-involved collisions in Texas. If you are looking for insight from a legal professional to help you make informed choices about your case, you have come to the right place. Our lawyers have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and can help you take the necessary steps to recover compensation for damage to your bike, medical expenses, lost earnings and possibly more. It starts with a free consultation with a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The type of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident will vary from collision to collision. The force of impact, the manner in which the rider and bike are struck, the gear the rider is wearing, helmet use and even road or weather conditions may influence the type and severity of injury experienced by a motorcyclist in an accident with another vehicle. The size and weight of the other vehicle will also have an impact on the injuries a rider experiences. Taking all of these factors into account, a rider may experience such injuries as:
- Open or closed head trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Joint injury (knee, ankle, shoulder, etc.)
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash (contusions and lacerations from impact with the road)
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
As we already mentioned, the likelihood of a rider losing his or her life or being injured in a traffic accident is far greater than for an occupant of another vehicle. This can be attributed to the fact that a motorcyclist is not protected by a "cage" like occupants of other vehicles. Passenger car, SUV and truck occupants are afforded the protection offered by a strong metal frame, airbags, and a safety belt. Motorcyclists have none of this protection. Even if a rider chooses to wear a helmet and other protective gear, he or she may be at risk of sustaining serious injuries.
According to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation, 6,131 motorcyclists (both drivers and passengers) were seriously injured in traffic accidents in Texas in 2012. Another 2,248 motorcyclists sustained "other injuries" in traffic collisions that same year, 1,385 were uninjured and 160 suffered "unknown injuries." 467 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2012. Looking at these numbers, you can see that the majority of motorcyclists were injured when involved in traffic accidents. The following percentages apply:
- 59% of motorcyclists were seriously injured;
- 21.6% suffered other injuries;
- 13.3% were uninjured;
- 4.5% of motorcyclists lost their lives; and
- 1.5% suffered unknown injuries.
If you want to discuss your right to compensation with a skilled professional, now is the time to arrange a consultation with a Houston motorcycle accident attorney at our firm. If you were seriously injured, you need to pursue financial compensation to help you rebuild and recover. Contact Stern Law Group today to see how we can help.