Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents happen frequently on our roadways in Austin, Texas. According to a Texas Department of Transportation study, 496 motorcycle operators and passengers died in vehicle crashes in 2016. Of this number, 53% involved motorcyclists who were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Even when motorcyclists utilize safety equipment (such as helmets, leather clothing, gloves, etc.), they are at a greater risk of catastrophic injury and death than other motorists.
When another person or entity acts carelessly or recklessly, and you or your loved one are injured, you are entitled to take legal action. An Austin motorcycle accident attorney at Howry Breen & Herman can help injured motorcyclists hold negligent parties accountable. As a client-focused, results-driven law firm, we offer compassionate legal counsel and aggressive advocacy at every step. Our team of skilled motorcycle accident attorneys in Austin can help you fight for the whole, fair recovery you are owed.
Call our law office at (512) 430-4844 or fill out a confidential contact form today to get started with your free, no-obligation consultation. We assist clients in Austin, Georgetown, and the nearby areas.
How Negligence Contributes to Motorcycle Accidents
Far too often, other drivers don't look out for motorcyclists. Unsafe driving behavior distracted driving, and other motorist negligence can all lead to motorcycle accidents. Other drivers are not always to blame, however. Negligent road design or dangerous road conditions can also lead to serious motorcycle accidents.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Cell phone use, including texting while driving
- Driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI)
- Speeding, street racing, and other reckless behavior
- Unsafe maneuvers, such as turning into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist
- Changing lanes into a motorcyclist
- Opening a car door in the direction of a motorcyclist
- Following too closely ("tailgating")
- Dangerous road design, including unsafe turns or speed limits
- Poor road condition, potholes, and debris obstructing a roadway
Often, motorists will try to claim that they did not see a motorcyclist before or while the accident occurred. However, this does not excuse negligent driving. Car and truck drivers must afford motorcyclists the same level of reasonable care as other motorists. They can be held accountable when they fail to do so and their negligence results in injuries or death.
What is a No-Contact Motorcycle Accident?
In many motorcycle accidents, the motorcyclist narrowly avoids a collision by slamming the brakes or lying the motorcycle down on the pavement. Although the motorcyclist prevents a crash with another motorist, they can still suffer catastrophic injuries due to their defensive maneuvers in a no-contact motorcycle accident.
It is essential to realize that the other motorist in a no-contact motorcycle accident can still be entirely at fault for what happened, even though they can eventually leave the scene without any dents or scratches to their vehicle. Our experienced attorneys are familiar with motorcycle accidents and their causes, including complex no-contact motorcycle crashes. We know how to look for specific evidence to prove that another driver caused your crash despite them being wholly unchanged and unaffected.
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Motorcyclists tend to sustain severe, even catastrophic injuries when collisions or accidents occur, including spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries. The cost of medical treatment to address these injuries can be exorbitant. This is often compounded by the fact that injured victims must take time off work to address their injuries and, in some cases, cannot return to work. As a result, a motorcycle accident's economic and non-economic damages can be incredibly overwhelming.
At Howry Breen & Herman, our Austin motorcycle accident lawyer can handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on getting the vital care you need. Any Austin motorcycle accident lawyer at Howry Breen & Herman retains decades of experience and has handled thousands of cases. We use our in-depth legal knowledge and skill to aggressively advocate for you while providing you with the dedicated, one-on-one guidance you need. With nearly 25 years of litigation experience and successfully recovering for our clients, we are here to help you fight for the best outcome for your case.