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Motorcycles offer the freedom to experience the Texas highways in a way that cars do not allow. The feeling of wind in your hair and the sun on your back is difficult to replicate through a vehicle that is enclosed on all sides. However, the lack of protection on a motorcycle often leads to extreme injuries after even minor accidents. Many car drivers fail to look out for small vehicles such as motorcycles when switching lanes and therefore run directly into motorcyclists, causing extreme injuries.
Motorcycles are a popular type of motor vehicle throughout Texas, with numbers skyrocketing in recent years. Motorcycles offer a unique driving experience, by seamlessly zipping through traffic on a whim. However, along with this freedom comes the potential devastation that occurs when a car or truck decides to switch lanes without looking carefully in their review mirror.
The number of motorcycle fatalities decreased as a whole across the country in 2014, although in Texas the numbers have actually experienced a slight increase since 2010. The number of fatalities from motorcycle accidents decreased between 2013 and 2014, although have returned to 2010 levels, even indicating a slight increase. The total number of injuries from motorcycle accidents rose by nearly 1,000 during the same time period (from 2010 to 2014). Motorcyclists are much more likely to experience severe injuries after an accident than the ordinary car driver or passenger, since little exists between the motorcycle and the vehicle which crashes into it. A helmet will often assist in preventing serious brain injuries from occurring, but this does not prevent severe injuries to the rest of the body.
Motorcycles do not offer much protection from a large vehicle when an accident occurs, and therefore motorcyclists are far more likely to experience serious injuries after even a small accident. These injuries can include:
Many of these injuries require ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitative care to simply get the injured party back to the simple daily functions. Motorcyclists should not be forced the carry the burden of both the physical injuries and the financial strain after an accident which they did not cause. A claim for damages may be brought against the negligence car driver for the following:
The attorneys of Sadler and Sadler will be able to assist you in calculating the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in assisting our clients with their claims after motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are at risk of severe injuries and should not be punished for their use of a motorcycle on the highways by years of medical burdens. The negligent driver who caused an accident without fully checking their surroundings should be held responsible for their actions. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation, and we will begin the process of drafting and filing your claim for damages.