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Houston Motorcycle Accidents
As a motorcycle enthusiast we know that you have a real passion for the open road. Though the freedom a bike gives you is priceless, a crash can cost you more than you think. From lost wages to months and even years of rehabilitation, the amount of money needed to recover from a Texas motorcycle accident can be astronomical.
Injured In a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in an accident in Houston or anywhere in Texas, and the other driver is at fault, it is up to their insurance company to pay for your losses. However, insurance companies are only out for their bottom line. They may not care how badly you were hurt or if you will become disabled as a result of the accident. Adjustors may devalue your claim or work to show you as the faulty party.
The only way to combat a greedy insurance company is to ensure that you have an experienced Houston Texas motorcycle accident attorney on your side. An attorney well versed in motorcycle litigation will be familiar with the ins and outs of the insurance business and will be willing to take on even the most challenging case.
The Impact of Your Injuries
Injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can be severe and long lasting. The affects of these injuries range from mild to life ending. Some of the more common and serious injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash include:
- Brain and head trauma (concussion, skull fractures, disfigurement, loss of life)
- Spinal cord injury (partial or total paralysis, loss of life)
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Road rash and infection
- Severe cuts and lacerations
Any of these injuries can necessitate long hard months of surgeries and physical therapies. Only a knowledgeable Houston motorcycle accident attorney can be sure that you and your family will be taken care of today, tomorrow and for as long your recovery takes. Be sure that you get the advice of an experienced lawyer before signing any insurance documents.
A Disturbing Pattern
As more and more people own and operate motorcycles, the risk to bikers has increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in only ten years the number of people killed in motorcycle crashes has doubled- from 2,161 in 1996 to 4,810 in 2006.
Though bikers get a bad rap as excessive speeders and reckless drivers, very often the other vehicle involved in the accident is to blame. Since drivers are not accustomed to looking out for cyclists, they may miss seeing a motorcycle and change lanes or turn in front of the bike, causing a serious and avoidable accident.
Breaking the Cycle
Many programs are being put into place to help combat the increasing rate of injuries and deaths stemming from motorcycle accidents. Though there are motorcycle laws in Texas aimed at helping protect both the biker and other drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has launched a campaign to make drivers more aware of motorcyclists. Drivers are encouraged to “look twice for motorcyclists” in an attempt to increase awareness of safety measures necessary to protect bikers.
Your Next Step
The SMSH team consists of experienced attorneys ready to fight for your rights and obtain a fair and just settlement on your behalf. If you need help filing your insurance claim or have received an offer much lower than expected, do not hesitate to call. At Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. we have the serious experience needed to help you through your serious accident.
Call a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer today.
Though driving a motorcycle on any road can be dangerous, the following Texas highways and interstates are known for their frequent accidents: I 610 (The Loop, Loop 610), I 10, I 45, Highway 225, Highway 59, Highway 290, Highway 90, Highway 288, Sam Houston Parkway, Hardy Toll Road
The offices of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. are located in Houston. However, we help clients nationwide and in the following Texas cities: Houston, Pasadena, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Galveston, Port Arthur, Baytown, Beaumont, Kirkwood, Humble, Spring, Round Rock, Katy, League City, Freeport, Corpus Christi, Texas City, Lake Jackson, Bay City, Matagorda Bay, Victoria