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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Like any other motor vehicle operators, motorcyclists are entitled to use the roads and highways, as long as they comply with applicable motor vehicle laws. Yet, it is not uncommon for car or truck drivers to fail to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists, and the results can be catastrophic.

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Motorcycle Crash Injuries

As a biker, you know how lucky you are to experience the freedom and joy of cruising down an open highway with the wind and sun hitting your face and your bike purring beneath you. But you also know risk accompanies that freedom. 

Even if you are the safest rider out there, always following the rules and always wearing a helmet and protective gear, you know you are vulnerable to catastrophic accidents caused by inattentive drivers, road hazards, or other unique factors. You also understand that without metal car frames, seatbelts, or airbags protecting you, the outcome of a motorcycle crash is more likely to be severe injury or death.

Motorcycle accidents that lead to injury or death can also lead to claims for significant compensation for victims and their loved ones when caused by the recklessness or negligence of other drivers. 

At Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers, our Texas and New Mexico motorcycle accident attorneys know how devastating it can be after a crash, with lost wages, lengthy and expensive medical treatment, and the pain and lack of mobility that make every day a painful challenge. We respect bikers and fight tirelessly to get them the resources and compensation to get them back on their feet and on their bikes.

Bikers Face Significantly Greater Risks Than Drivers

Bikers are at significantly greater risk of injury and death than vehicle drivers. According to the National Safety Council, although motorcycles make up only 3% of all registered vehicles and 0.6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the United States, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic deaths, 18% of all occupant fatalities, and 4% of all occupant injuries in 2020. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 5,579 American motorcyclists died and approximately 82,500 suffered injuries in crashes in 2020. The number of motorcycle crash deaths is the highest number ever recorded, an 11 percent increase from 2019 and more than double the number of motorcyclist fatalities in 1997.

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers: Texas and New Mexico Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

The Texas and New Mexico motorcycle accident lawyers at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers spare no effort on behalf of our clients and have the experiences and resources needed to get the compensation, resources, justice, and support you deserve. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, we welcome the opportunity to help you through this difficult time. To arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at our offices in Lubbock, El Paso, Odessa, Austin, or Albuquerque, please contact us at 866-492-2509.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident regardless of where you live, we will be happy to evaluate your potential case through a free consultation.

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    Past Success

    Our approach to motorcycle wreck cases has been fruitful. We’ve settled many motorcycle wreck cases. With proven results including a settlement of $5 million* for a motorcycle wreck brain injury and $776,500* for a motorcycle wreck with multiple fractures. *All Amounts listed are Net to Clients. Results obtained depend on the facts of each case.

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    Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

    Many of the same factors that lead to serious car crashes – such as drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding – also cause many motorcycle wrecks. But the smaller size and more nimble maneuverability of motorcycles create unique dangers, especially when vehicle drivers don’t account for the presence of bikers near them. Common types of motorcycle crashes include:

    • Unsafe Lane-Changing Accidents. Due to their smaller stature and ability to move through traffic in ways cars can’t, motorcycles are extremely vulnerable to being hit by drivers changing lanes without thoroughly checking their blind spots.
    • Rear-End Collisions. Unbeknownst to many drivers, motorcycles can come to a complete stop much quicker than other vehicles. When a bike comes to a sudden stop, a driver following too closely can slam into the back of the bike. Rear-end accidents are often mere fender-benders when they involve two cars. But when bikers are rear-ended, they can fly backward, often leading to serious head, back, or neck injuries.
    • Left-Hand Turn Accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 40% (872) of fatal two-vehicle motorcycle crashes in 2014 involved other vehicles turning left while the motorcycles were going straight, passing, or overtaking other vehicles. Left-hand turn accidents can be caused by drivers failing to yield the right-of-way or misjudging the speed at which the motorcycle travels.
    • T-Bone or Intersection Collisions. The same factors that lead to left-hand turn accidents can lead to intersection collisions, along with other factors like failing to obey red lights or stop signs, failing to look both ways before crossing the intersection, and the inability to see motorcycles obscured by vehicles or other objects.
    • Single-Bike Accidents. Not all motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles. Hazardous road conditions such as uneven or crumbling pavement, debris, potholes, mechanical problems, or other factors can cause bikers to lose control and either lay down their bikes or hit stationary objects at high speed.

    Brain and Other Injuries From Motorcycle Crashes

    Even bikers who religiously wear helmets and other protective gear when they ride remain particularly vulnerable to a wide range of catastrophic injuries.

    Helmets unquestionably save lives, but not always. According to the IIHS, 58% of all people killed in motorcycle accidents in 2020 wore helmets. Brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are tragically common in motorcycle crashes as bikers hit the pavement, make a violent impact with other objects at high speed, or are thrown from their bikes. 

    According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 9% of unhelmeted and 7% of helmeted hospital-treated bikers experienced minor to moderate TBI after an accident, while more than 7% of unhelmeted and 4.7% of helmeted bikers sustained severe TBI in a crash.

    Besides TBI, bikers can sustain other significant brain and head injuries in a motorcycle accident. These include:

    • Concussions
    • Brain hemorrhage
    • Brain hematoma
    • Penetrating injury
    • Contusions

    Additional injuries that are common in motorcycle accidents include:

    • Spinal injuries
    • Eye injuries
    • Road rash
    • Broken bones
    • Neck injurieBurns

    Types of Injuries

    A motorcyclist, of course, does not enjoy the same level of protection for impact as the operators of cars or trucks. In addition to being directly exposed to the impact without a crash barrier or crush protection, motorcycle operators are not required to wear helmets, though their failure to do so can be admissible if the failure to use a helmet contributed to aggravating the victim’s injuries. Consequently, when a motorcycle wreck occurs, the victim may suffer catastrophic injuries such as amputations, brain injuries, internal bleeding, broken bones, coma and sometimes even wrongful death.

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    Why Hire an Attorney?

    Against this backdrop, it is clear that in order to maximize your chances for justice following a motorcycle wreck, you need to contact an experienced motorcycle wreck attorney. Our team can use the physical evidence obtained at the scene to help show that a motorcyclist was operating appropriately, within his or her rights, which can help overcome some of the bias that exists against motorcyclists.


    Overcoming Unfair Prejudices Against Bikers 

    Motorcycle riders come from all backgrounds and walks of life. They are male and female, old and young, doctors and construction workers, clean-cut or a little rough around the edges. But bikers are also some of the safest, most responsible drivers on the road.

    Too often, however, bikers injured in motorcycle accidents face prejudice and hurdles to recover compensation based on false presumptions and outdated stereotypes. These unfair prejudices can taint the objectivity of jurors, many of whom may be inclined to blame motorcycle riders for their injuries, regardless of the evidence. Insurance companies trying to pay as little as possible on injury claims may try to evade responsibility by blaming a motorcyclist for their wrecks. And bias can also color the perception of police officers who prepare police reports about the accident.

    As experienced Texas and New Mexico motorcycle accident injury attorneys, we are well aware of the prejudices and other challenges bikers face when trying to hold others accountable for their negligence. We know how to overcome anti-biker bias so judges, jurors, and insurers assign responsibility for motorcycle accidents and injuries based on facts and evidence, not stereotypes and prejudice. 


    Bias

    There is an inherent bias against motorcycle operators. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to try to evade responsibility by blaming to blame a motorcyclist for their own wrecks. Moreover, there is a bias among juries against motorcyclists since motorcycles are perceived as being dangerous. Insurance companies are aware of this and use it to their advantage to try to reduce the amounts they are willing to pay or, alternatively, to simply refuse to pay altogether.

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    Below is a list of some of the most-frequently-asked questions by our clients and prospective clients. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us.

    • I was injured while riding a motorcycle. What are my options?

      Motorcycle cases present unique issues in the law, and our experience might help you get the best recovery. Even though helmets are not required in some states, insurance companies will try to blame the motorcycle driver for not wearing a helmet. Other drivers often fail to yield to motorcycles, and insurance companies try to blame the motorcycle driver for being difficult to see. Based on a review of the physical evidence, many times our expert witnesses can help establish that our client was operating legally at the time they were injured.

    • I’ve been hurt in an accident, and I keep getting phone calls and visits from people I don’t know.

      An unfortunate and illegal practice in personal injury law is known as barratry, or more commonly referred to as ambulance chasing or case running. Lawyers and people who work for lawyers are prohibited from making unsolicited contact with potential clients in the form of in-person visits or telephone calls. Often times after a highly publicized accident where a potentially valuable claim exists, unethical lawyers will—either themselves or through someone they hire—attempt to contact the claimants or meet them at their homes or hospital rooms. Sometimes they pose as grief counselors, funeral home staff, or even healthcare providers like nurses.

      Know that you have the right to refuse to talk to these people, and if possible, you should report them to the local authorities.

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    • What about motorcycle accidents?

      Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for clients injured while driving motorcycles. Motorcycle cases present unique issues in the law and our experience can help you get the best recovery. Even though helmets are not required under Texas law, insurance companies will try to blame the motorcycle driver for not wearing a helmet. Other drivers often fail to yield to motorcycles and insurance companies try to blame the motorcycle driver for being difficult to see. Based on a review of the physical evidence, many times our expert witnesses can help establish that our client was operating legally at the time they were injured.

    • What if I am involved in a collision with a drunk driver?

      Assuming that the drunk driver is covered by liability insurance, you have a very good claim against the drunk driver and his insurance company because under the law in Texas an accident victim is able to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver and his insurance company. It is for this reason that accidents with drunk drivers are can be very valuable claims.

    • Why should I hire an attorney?

      Potential defendants are usually covered by insurance. The insurance companies are notified immediately when an accident occurs, and they usually hire attorneys and expert witnesses to investigate the claim. It is important that witnesses be interviewed as soon as possible and evidence be preserved. Witnesses will often be more difficult to locate or will have a poor memory if they are interviewed much later after the accident has occurred. Evidence such as machinery parts or skid marks on the highway will disappear unless preserved quickly. Insurance companies have insurance adjusters who will contact you and try to be friendly. You should not trust the statements that insurance adjusters make to you. They are not working for you and will sometimes make misleading statements in an effort to trick you into resolving your case. Insurance adjusters also might record your conversations with them and use your statements against you in order to try to save money for the insurance companies.

      The main thing we try to impress upon people is that it’s never too early to talk to an attorney, and it’s always too late. By that we mean that speaking with an attorney very soon after a crash or other accident in no way will harm you. Along the same lines, the longer you try to handle a claim on your own or delay hiring competent counsel, irreparable damage can be done in the form of recorded statements given to the insurance companies and evidence not being preserved. There is no risk or fee for speaking with an attorney and arranging an initial consultation.

    • What is a personal-injury board-certified attorney?

      An attorney who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law must have handled jury trials dealing with matters such as vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, premises liability, products liability, statutory tort claims, maritime accidents, or social security claims which involve a physical or mental injury to a person. The lawyer must also have extensive knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law involved in the trial of Personal Injury Trial Law. In order to be certified , an attorney must have:

      • Been licensed to practice law for at least five years;
      • Devoted a required percentage of practice to personal injury trial law for at least three years;
      • Handled a wide variety of personal injury trial law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement;
      • Attended personal injury trial law continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date;
      • Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges; and
      • Passed a day-long written examination.

      Kevin Glasheen is Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law.