Motorcycle Accident Victims

Motorcycle accidents can be devastating,  but the specialists at Smithee &  Russell, LLP, can work to maximize your recovery after a motorcycle accident.

For a free consultation, please call us in Amarillo at (806) 322-9200.  Our personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Texas.

Risks And Statistics Of Riding A Motorcycle

Per mile traveled, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash. Without the protection offered by a passenger vehicle and the stability of 4 wheels, motorcyclists are uniquely susceptible to accidents and the damage they cause. In 2018, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists died in fatal motorcycle crashes. The majority (63%) of these fatalities occurred in multi-vehicle accidents, which means negligent drivers were likely involved.

The most common causes of motorcycle collisions include:

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Improper left turns
  • Intersection accidents
  • Failure to yield
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driver distraction
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Defective motorcycles or motorcycle parts
  • Dooring (when a car opens their door into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist)

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Many motorcyclists survive crashes thanks to protective gear, like helmets. Unfortunately, helmets do not always prevent head injuries, which are some of the most common injuries for motorcyclists.

Other common motorcycle injuries include:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations and limb-loss injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Serious cuts and bruises
  • Soft tissue injuries

For more seeking the maximum available compensation after a catastrophic injury such as a brain injury, spine injury or amputation, please see our catastrophic injury overview.

You should not have to suffer financially just because someone failed to check their blind spot. Although filing a lawsuit will not change what happened, it can help you right the wrong by holding the negligent parties accountable.

Investigating A Motorcycle Accident

A thorough investigation into your motorcycle accident will need to take place before litigation begins. It is critical you retain the services of a skilled attorney from Smithee & Russell, LLP, as soon as possible after your crash in order to give us ample time to gather and analyze all evidence relevant to your case. The longer you wait, the greater the chances are that key evidence may be lost.

Motorcycle accident investigations typically involve:

  • Accident reconstruction
  • Examining accident photographs
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses
  • Searching for skid marks and tire tracks
  • Reviewing video surveillance footage
  • Analyzing medical documents

How Filing A Lawsuit Can Help

When you file a personal injury lawsuit or even a claim for wrongful death, you are not only asking the defendant(s) to take responsibility for their actions, but you are also securing your future.

A successful legal action can result in compensation and give you access to the resources you need.

Damages can help account for:

  • The costs of your emergency room visit
  • All medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Long-term medical assistance
  • Wheelchairs and other assistive devices
  • Missed work
  • Changes to your earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funerary and burial services
  • Loss of guidance and companionship
  • Lost inheritance and financial support

In cases of extreme wrongdoing, you may also be entitled to punitive or exemplary damages. This form of compensation is designed to punish the defendant and make an example of them to discourage similar behavior in the future. 

Contact Smithee & Russell, LLP

At Smithee & Russell, LLP, we understand the many ways a motorcycle accident can change your life. For a free consultation, please call us today at (806) 322-9200. We represent clients throughout the state of Texas.