Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts, the Texas Department of Transportation reports that 501 motorcyclists were killed in 2017. Out of a total of 3,721 traffic deaths that year, 13.5% of the crash victims were motorcycle riders. A 2016 study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that motorcycles consistently account for around 12% of fatal crashes, even though they make up only two percent of motor vehicles in operation in the state. Nationwide, the fatality rate among motorcycle riders is 26 times higher than it is for occupants of passenger vehicles.
With miles upon miles of wide, open roads and days upon days of sunny weather, it’s no wonder that Texas ranks third in the nation for the state with the highest number of motorcycle registrations. Yet the joys of riding do come with risks, and motorcycle accidents are often fatal or severe, and costly. Motorcyclists learn quickly how to ride safely, defensively and handle their machine, but they can’t always stay safe from negligent and reckless drivers. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, the Houston motorcycle accident lawyers at Livingston & Flowers can help you get the care and compensation you need to recover to the fullest extent possible.
Common causes of Houston motorcycle accidents
Speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving of motor vehicle drivers are some of the leading causes of Houston car accidents. These behaviors are all the more dangerous to motorcycles sharing the road, since they are harder to spot and react to in time to avoid a collision or cause a crash. Other driving behaviors that cause crashes specific to motorcycles in Houston include:
- Cars turning left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. Drivers misjudge the speed and distance of the bike and negligently turn into the bike’s path, and the rider does not have time to react and avoid a collision.
- Drivers failing to check their mirrors and blind spots before making a lane change. Since motorcycles make up only a small fraction of vehicles on the road, car drivers don’t think to check for a motorcycle before changing lanes. Failing to check one’s blind spot is a negligent driving behavior, and those who fail to check can be held liable for crashes that result because of their error.
- Drivers driving aggressively or recklessly around motorcycles, crowding them off the road or forcing them into an unsafe maneuver. Drivers who are unfamiliar with motorcycles have unrealistic opinions about the handling and maneuverability of a bike, and they assume the rider will simply get out of their way. Other drivers simply don’t respect motorcyclists as equals on the road and don’t give them room or drive as safely around motorcycles as they would around larger, heavier vehicles that could damage them in a crash.
Houston motorcycle accident attorneys Livingston & Flowers can help
The bias many drivers have against motorcyclists is also a bias held by many people who serve on juries in motorcycle accident cases. It’s not uncommon for some people to view motorcycle riders as reckless, dangerous or even outlaws, and to assume that the motorcycle rider must be at least partly responsible for causing a wreck. This thinking can severely cut down the amount of money a motorcycle accident victim can recover or even prevent any recovery at all. As experienced courtroom litigators, the Houston motorcycle accident attorneys at Livingston & Flowers know how to present the facts of the case in a compelling and convincing manner, proving the other driver’s fault and keeping the victim from being unfairly blamed. Most motorcycle accident cases never get to court, and our lawyers work hard to achieve a full and fair settlement without a trial. But if going to court will get a better result, rest assured our firm has the talent and skills to take your case to a jury and achieve a positive outcome.
Call the Personal Injury Lawyers at Livingston & Flowers after a Houston Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a motorcycle accident in Houston, call Livingston & Flowers at 713-489-4400 for a free consultation with a team of experienced and successful Houston motorcycle accident lawyers.