Amarillo Attorneys For Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, but you do not have to cope with the aftermath of the crash alone. When a negligent driver forgets to check their blind spot or yield the right of way, you may be entitled to compensation. At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP, we can work to maximize your settlement or verdict after a motorcycle accident.
Our attorneys have over 200 years of combined experience, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you.
We understand that this is a difficult time for you. We are here to help. For a free consultation, please call us in Amarillo at (806) 547-2022 or complete our contact form. Our personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.
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. Nevertheless, the risky nature of a motorcycle does not excuse the negligent behavior of other drivers on the road, nor does it account for defective parts or errors in vehicle design.
A number of our attorneys are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our attorneys have also been named among America’s Top 100 Lawyers. If you have been harmed in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, our legal team can help.
Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
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.
Even motorcyclists who survive often suffer serious injuries, the effects of which can last for life.
The most common causes of motorcycle collisions include:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improper left turns
- Intersection accidents
- Failure to yield
- Aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driver distraction
- Poorly maintained roads
- Defective motorcycles or motorcycle parts
- Lane splitting (riding between lanes of traffic)
- 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 Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & 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
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. In some states, punitive damages go into a special fund, but in Texas, they are available to increase your financial stability and give you time to grieve and recover.
Contact Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP
At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP, we understand the many ways a motorcycle accident can change your life. For a free consultation, please call us today at (806) 547-2022 or complete our contact form. We represent clients throughout the Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico.