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Motorcycle Accidents

Many people enjoy the freedom of riding motorcycles. With high performance capabilities and small frames, millions of riders take to the roads on motorcycles everyday. Unfortunately for motorcycles, many drivers on the road are reckless, and don’t exercise the caution necessary to share the road safely. Motorcycle accidents can happen with just a moment’s carelessness by another driver, and it’s usually the motorcycle riders who pay the price.

Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Because of their size, even small things can cause motorcycle crashes. The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers not looking out for motorcycles. When drivers aren’t properly aware of their surroundings, they can cause collisions when turning or lane changing. However, just because drivers are aware of motorcycles does not mean they can’t cause a collision. Some motorcycle crashes are caused by cars passing too close to motorcycles. Cars generate a gust of wind that can cause a motorcycle rider to lose control, so not giving motorcycles adequate space can easily cause severe accidents.

Additionally, motorcycles are not immune to the common causes of motor vehicle accidents like distracted driving, drunk driving, and driving while fatigued. These dangerous driving behaviors can cause catastrophic accidents, but are particularly devastating for motorcycle riders because they do not have any protection from the roadway or other vehicles in the event of an accident.

Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

By their nature, motorcycle accidents are often very severe. Riders can face devastating and permanent injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Road rash
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Death

For victims of motorcycle accidents, the road to recovery is long and challenging. Not only do victims have substantial pain and suffering, but they are also faced with the huge financial burden of extensive medical bills. Victims are often out of work for extended periods while they recover, causing them to lose wages when they need the money the most.

Walston Bowlin: Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Many people wrongfully assume riding a motorcycle means accepting a large amount of risk. Motorcycle riders deserve to use the roads safely, just like any other motor vehicle and driver. At Walston Bowlin, our lawyers understand the prejudice some people have against motorcycle riders, so we know how to appropriately handle your case to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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