There are many different negligent acts or reasons that can lead to a motorcycle accident. Examples of such negligence can include distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, failure to yield, and following too closely.
What Damages are Available in a Motorcycle Accident Case?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and if someone else was at fault for an accident, Texas law allows injured victims to recover compensation for both their economic and noneconomic damages. In many motorcycle accidents, the types of damages that are recoverable are:
• Past and future loss of wage earning capacity or lost wages;
• Past and future physical and emotional pain and suffering;
• Past and future medical bills and expenses;
• Past and future mental anguish;
• Past and future disfigurement;
• Property damage; and
• In some cases, punitive damages.
Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars. Coupled with high performance ability and the fact that that motorcyclists lack the protection offered by an enclosed vehicle, motorcycles are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than passenger vehicles.
According to data gathered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes, up 8.3 percent from 4,594 in 2014, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, down 4.3 percent from 92,000 in 2014. In 2014, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost five times more likely to be injured.
KEY FACTS – (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety)
• According to the latest data available from the Federal Highway Administration, there were 8.4 million private and commercial motorcycles on U.S. roads in 2014, compared with 8.0 million in 2009.
• 2015 Crash Data: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015, up 8.3 percent from 4,594 in 2014. In 2015, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured, down 4.3 percent from 92,000 in 2014.
• 2014 Crash Data: NHTSA says that in 2014, 4,586 people died in motorcycle crashes, down 2.3 percent from 4,692 in 2013.
• In 2014, 39 percent of those motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets, down from 41 percent in 2013.
• Over the nine years from 2005 to 2014, fatalities among the 40-and-older age group increased by 14 percent, according to NHTSA, compared to less than 1 percent for all ages.
• The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists in 2014 was six times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants, according to NHTSA.
Motorcycle accidents often result in far more serious injuries than those accidents involving auto accidents and result in fatalities more frequently. Therefore, those who have been involved in motorcycle accidents know how devastating and life-altering they can be. However, licensed motorcyclists have just as much right to the road as automobile drivers, so don’t let insurance companies cheat you out of compensation you’re entitled to. In addition to the physical pain of an injury, it can be overwhelming to also have to worry about mounting medical bills, lost wages, and legal concerns. Those who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, because of a motorcycle accident, have an equally troubling set of concerns to deal with.
In situations like these, it is crucial to have someone you can trust in your corner advocating for you. With the help of a McAllen personal injury attorney from the Law Office of Genaro Fraustro, you can rest assured that our firm’s experience and uncompromising drive for results can help you get your life back as smoothly and quickly as possible. Therefore, If you’re the victim of a Texas motorcycle accident, lawyer Genaro Fraustro or a member of his team. They will meet with you to discuss your case. Find out what your rights are and how the Law Office of Genaro Fraustro can help you.
At the Law Office of Genaro Fraustro you don’t pay us unless we are able to recover on your behalf. We use a contingent fee arrangement with all of our personal injury clients. This means that any legal fees you pay will be a percentage of the total recovery you receive, if any. If we do not recover compensation for you, you will not owe us anything. In addition, you will never need to pay anything up front for our legal representation.
Call Texas motorcycle accident lawyer Genaro Fraustro today at 956-994-8072 and schedule a free consultation.