If you are a biker, you know the feeling. The freedom and exhilaration, the wind in your hair, the purr of your motorcycle beneath you, and the open road ahead of you create a unique and powerful combination. But the joy of motorcycle riding comes with a trade-off. Even if you are like most bikers – safe, responsible, and law-abiding – you still face unique dangers every time you ride. While helmets and other protective gear provide critical and often life-saving protection, bikers remain particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injuries caused by other drivers who fail to share the road as they should.
Austin bikers who fall victim to inattentive, negligent, or reckless drivers can turn to the motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Sandoval James, PLLC. We respect bikers and know that too often they are victims of unfair and outdated stereotypes by police officers, judges, and juries after an accident occurs. We cut through such prejudices and use our experience, tenacity, and advocacy skills to hold negligent parties responsible for the damage they inflict on motorcycle riders, getting our clients the maximum amount of compensation available for their injuries and losses.
If You Ride, You Risk Your Life.
Motorcycles make up only 3 percent of all vehicles on America’s roads. But according to federal government statistics, bikers are 29 times more likely to die in an accident than vehicle drivers per miles traveled. That is a huge difference, and it isn’t hard to figure out why.
Bikers don’t have steel and metal frames surrounding them. They don’t wear seatbelts or have airbags to restrain them and cushion the blow upon an impact. When bikers lose control of their bikes, lay them down, or collide with other vehicles at high speed, they will likely be thrown from their motorcycles and violently hit the pavement, vehicles, or other objects. Such a sudden and traumatic impact can easily kill riders immediately or leave them with a range of severe and catastrophic injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
Most bikers know they should wear a helmet when riding, but a helmet is far from a guarantee that you will survive a serious motorcycle accident or escape injury. In fact, almost half of the 501 motorcycle riders and passengers killed in Texas motorcycle accidents in 2017 were wearing helmets at the time they crashed, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Motorcycle Riders and Vehicle Driver Negligence
In addition to being vulnerable and exposed, motorcycle riders are also more likely to be involved in accidents caused by the negligence of others on the road who may not see them or otherwise fail to account for their smaller size and quicker maneuverability. While many of the same factors involved in car accidents – such as drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding – also play a role in motorcycle wrecks, unique risks for bikers include:
- Lane splitting.
- Higher vulnerability to road hazards and pavement defects.
- Cars making unsafe left-hand turns.
- Sudden and unexpected lane changes.
We Get Bikers the Compensation They Need and Deserve.
Bikers are not only at higher risk of accidents and injuries, but they can also suffer from biases that make them more likely to be blamed for accidents than vehicle drivers. This can put them at a substantial disadvantage when pursuing compensation from the negligent parties who are truly at fault for their injuries.
Overcoming these unfair misconceptions and proving liability for motorcycle accident injuries requires powerful and effective advocacy. Our Austin motorcycle accident lawyers have the legal acumen, persuasive skills, and relentless determination to stand up for bikers in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, getting them the compensation that can get them back on their bikes and back to their lives.
Contact Sandoval James Today for Your Free Motorcycle Accident Consultation
At Sandoval James, we take care of Texas bikers who suffer because of others’ negligence. To arrange for your free initial consultation with one of our Austin motorcycle accident lawyers, call us today at 512-382-7707 or contact us online.