Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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Per the NHTSA, for every 100,000 registered motorcycles, over 55 will be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Motorcyclists are 24 times more likely to be killed and 4 times more likely to be injured in a traffic accident, compared to occupants of other vehicles. These are disturbing figures. If you were involved in a severe motorcycle accident or if your loved one passed away while riding, it is important to remember that you are not without hope—you can find answers and hold at-fault parties accountable for your injuries or loss; a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer can help.

Call a Houston motorcycle accident attorney at Arnold & Itkin to learn how we can help: (888) 493-1629. Abogados de accidentes de auto en Houston

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Proven Results in Motorcycle Accident Claims

Arnold & Itkin has a proven track record of securing life-changing results for motorcyclists and their families. When our Houston motorcycle accident attorneys take on a case of this kind, we know that the settlement or verdict we secure will make all the difference for our client and their family. It will help them face a brighter and more stable future, while bringing the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the responsible parties were held accountable.

Our case results for motorcycle accident cases include:

  • $8.5 million settlement for an injured motorcyclist.
  • $5.9 million settlement after a serious motorcycle accident.
  • $4.5 million settlement for a man severely injured in a motorcycle collision.

Read about our other victories or reach out today to find out how we can help you.

Houston Motorcycle Accidents: Tips, Info, Stats & More

If you're interested in finding out more about motorcycle crashes, what causes them, your rights as a rider, and more, you've come to the right place. Our Houston motorcycle accident firm has compiled a considerable amount of information that can help you make informed choices after a crash that has left you or someone you love with serious injuries. Feel free to click on any of the topics below, or you can always call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation.

Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

No two motorcycle accidents are the same. However, many have similar causes. Popular myth would have most people believe that the negligence of the motorcyclist causes almost all motorcycle accidents—and while this is not always untrue, the fact is that the primary causes for motorcycle accidents are much more varied than that. In fact, it has been shown that in a significant portion of accidents, the primary cause is not that the motorcyclist was negligent in any way, but rather that the driver of the passenger vehicle somehow violated their rights. This could mean not paying attention or not checking blind spots and swerving into their lane or making an abrupt turn.

"Negligent drivers" is a broad term because negligence is classified in hundreds of different ways. When a driver is not obeying all traffic laws, they are driving negligently. There is even a window to act negligently while following traffic laws, such as in the case of distracted driving.

If a driver does not signal when changing lanes or turning, this can be considered negligence if it results in a collision with a motorcycle. If a driver is distracted by a cell phone, the radio, or even something else on the road and this causes an accident, this can be considered negligence. An alert driver is fully aware of the circumstances on the road around them, obeying all traffic laws as well. If you are a motorcyclist and were injured because of a negligent driver, filing a claim with the help of a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer can help make the roads a little safer while helping you seek financial compensation for necessities like medical care, basic provisions, and lost wages.

Driver Blind Spots

If you ride a motorcycle and are involved in a collision, your risk of serious injury or death is far greater than the risk that drivers and occupants of cars, trucks, and SUVs face. Even with a DOT-approved helmet and other protective gear, motorcycles provide little protection in the event of an accident. Extra precaution is crucial when on the road.

A leading cause of motorcycle crashes is other motorists' negligent driving. Because motorcyclists are harder to see on the road, it is easier for a driver to have a lapse in judgment and get involved in an accident with a motorcyclist.

One of the main driver errors that lead to motorcycle crashes in Houston is failing to check blind spots. Every vehicle has blind spots, and drivers must be aware of them to avoid an accident in any form. Since motorcycles take up less space on the road and they are also allowed to maneuver between vehicles, drivers may not signal properly or look long enough to notice a motorcyclist before it is too late. Window glare blind spots may also cause motorcycle accidents. Drivers need to take extra precautions when it comes to avoiding motorcyclists on the road.

When drivers do not check their blind spots, motorcyclists end up with serious injuries.

Dangerous Roadways

Another commonly overlooked cause is a dangerous roadway. Potholes, uneven pavement, and similar situations may be an inconvenience for a passenger vehicle, but it can be outright deadly for someone on a motorcycle. As a smaller and lighter vehicle on two wheels with much less stability, an unexpected pothole, dip, or obstacle in the road can cause a motorcyclist to lose control and crash. In these cases, it is often not another person who would be held accountable, but rather the government entity or other organization responsible for the upkeep of those roadways.

Defective Equipment

Faulty equipment can also cause motorcycle crashes. While most people like to believe that they are purchasing a 100% safe and tested vehicle, the truth is that some parts and pieces could be defective. This could be a design that was defective from the inception or could even be a product that was designed safely but manufactured poorly (for example, being built with low-quality materials). Should this occur, it could cause the motorcycle to "wobble" at high speeds or fail entirely. Some motorcycles are not equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that allows for emergency braking, and a lack of ABS has been proven to cause accidents.

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Common Injuries Sustained in Houston Motorcycle Accidents

Many different types of injuries can be sustained in a Texas motorcycle accident. Some may be mild and temporary, resolving with treatment, while others may be severe and affect every part of a rider's life. Some are even fatal.

The most common injuries our Houston motorcycle accident law firm has seen include:

  • Brain Injuries: The force of impact or contact with the pavement or an object can cause a severe brain injury that alters every single part of a motorcyclist's life, including memory, motor skills, personality, and cognitive abilities.
  • Spine Injuries: From fractures to the vertebra, slipped discs, or crushing injuries, should the spinal cord suffer damage of any kind, a motorcyclist may suffer lifelong consequences that require emergency and ongoing care.
  • Road Rash: When a rider is ejected from the bike and thrown across the ground, the friction on the pavement can cause layers of skin and underlying tissue to be rubbed away—resulting in serious and debilitating damage.
  • Fractures: Even a low-speed or relatively “minor” motorcycle accident can cause a rider to sustain fractured or broken bones, which, depending on the extent of damage, can significantly impact their life and their future.
  • Loss of Limb: Accidental amputation is a devastating injury, both physically and psychologically. It can be difficult for a motorcyclist to hear that they have lost a limb, not to say anything about the logistics of moving forward.
  • Paralysis: Partial or complete paralysis of any part of the body can present significant challenges for a motorcyclist and their family—with ever-mounting medical bills and the need for ongoing care and assistive devices.

Road Rash: About the Injury, Treatment & More

One of the most common forms of motorcyclist injury affects the most exposed area of the body: the skin. Road rash is typically caused by abrasion with the road and can affect the health of the bone. When an accident occurs, the motorcyclist is often ejected from their bike and thrown across the pavement. This motion can cause significant friction—which can, in turn, cause layers of the skin and the underlying tissue to rub off. Depending on the speed, the angle, and the amount of protection that the rider has (such as a jacket, gloves, etc.), this can even expose the bone.

Treatment for mild road rash usually involves cleaning the area with either mild soap or an antiseptic wash. It also often requires that the area be covered and left to rest. In some cases, the road rash is so severe that it is considered a third-degree road rash and requires a trip to the emergency room. This could mean that antibiotics, dressings, and pain medication are used in conjunction to help. Surgical intervention may also be required to restore form and function.

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Types of Motorcycle Accidents

As a motorcyclist, you're vulnerable on the road, even when you're wearing a DOT-approved helmet and other protective gear. Other motorists, a defective bike part, or a dangerous roadway could cause a collision that leaves you with serious, life-changing injuries. At Arnold & Itkin, our Texas injury lawyers help riders after any type of motorcycle crash in Houston, Texas, or nationwide. Because we have extensive experience in personal injury law, we can take on any type of case with competence. Because we care, we'll be all in if we take on your claim.

We can handle Houston motorcycle accident cases involving:

  • Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents: 1,886 of the 4,733 motorcyclists killed in 2019 were in accidents that did not involve any other vehicles. These accidents can be caused by dangerous or poorly maintained roads, heavy weather, and defective motorcycle parts. We know how to find at-fault parties even when no other vehicles were involved.
  • Multi-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents: Distracted and careless drivers can cause catastrophic motorcycle accidents that endanger riders' lives. When motorcyclists are injured in collisions with other vehicles, regardless of their cause, our attorneys have the resources to investigate, determine fault, and help our clients recover.
  • Motorcycle-Truck Crashes: Nothing is quite as devastating as a truck accident involving a motorcycle. When over-tired commercial drivers, violations of trucking regulations, and poorly loaded or maintained 18-wheelers crash with unsuspecting riders, we stand up for what's right and seek fair recoveries that help our clients rebuild.
  • Hit & Run Motorcycle Accidents: Motorists are required by law to remain at the scene of a motorcycle accident, but some flee or may not even be aware that they caused a crash. Our team of investigators, attorneys, and support staff can locate at-fault parties and find all potential sources of compensation after hit and run motorcycle collisions.

No matter the circumstances surrounding a crash or its cause, our Houston motorcycle accident attorneys have the resources to investigate, negotiate, and litigate on a rider's behalf. From collisions with commercial vehicles to cases against government entities for roadway hazards, we're there to help.

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Sport Bike Accidents in Houston, TX

There are many different types of motorcycles—all of which have their nuances and dangers. One of the most common is a sport bike. Unlike the larger, more comfortable cruiser, this is a bike built for speed. The design and manufacturing are meant to help boost acceleration, streamline braking, and improve low, fast cornering. Many people claim that the first sport bike to hit the road was the Honda CB750 in 1969. This was followed by a massive rise in enthusiasm to pursue the model, becoming closer to racing models throughout the next few decades. Now, modern models all differ, but carry similar elements that include high foot pegs, low handlebars, and lightweight frames.

The three main types of sport bikes include the following classifications:

  • Lightweight: Considered a beginner or entry-level bike and distinguished with engine displacement up to 500 cc.
  • Middleweight: With an engine displacement of 600 to 750 cc, these can be raced, but that is not their niche.
  • Superbike: Usually for racing, their engine displacement averages 1,000 cc. Bikes above that are in an open class.

Sport bikes are often considered more dangerous than the more common cruiser, due to their high performance and capabilities. This does not mean, however, that the negligence or recklessness of a rider causes all sport bike accidents. The inattention and negligence of other motorists, not riders, is a leading cause of these collisions.

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Cruiser Motorcycle Accidents in Houston, TX

Cruisers are some of the most common motorcycles seen on the road in Houston and nationwide. Most Harley-Davidsons are considered to be cruisers; in fact, their designs are typically believed to "define" this genre. The common factors that can be attributed to a cruiser include engines with low-end torque, which allow for less shifting. Similarly, the rider is placed in a position that is designed for comfort with high forward-facing feet which allows for the spine to lean back slightly or stay erect. Due to comfort, it is commonly the bike of choice for road trips.

This comfort, however, doesn't mean that those who choose this type of bike are exempt from being involved in motorcycle accidents. Like all motorcycles, cruisers leave the operator vulnerable to severe injuries that range from brain damage to loss of limb. In fact, it has been noted that these riders are often not as prepared as sport bike operators, so they can be more vulnerable to an accident. Sport bike operators regularly wear full-face helmets, along with more comprehensive safety gear, which operators of cruisers have notoriously been known to forgo.

Cruiser & Chopper Bike Accidents: Age of Riders

Age has been an interesting statistic to track in terms of motorcycle accidents. The NHTSA reports that motorcyclists over the age of 40 account for almost half of all fatalities, and the average age of the motorcyclist has steadily risen over the years. According to the American Motorcyclist Association, the average age of its members is 48. The average age of Harley-Davidson owners is over 50. As cruiser bikes like Harleys are commonly targeted toward this older demographic, so many of these middle-aged riders are finding themselves aboard choppers.

We have handled motorcycle crash claims involving all vehicle types. If you need a motorcycle accident attorney in Houston, TX call (888) 493-1629.

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Practicing Motorcycle Safety

Riding a motorcycle may be a symbol of speed and freedom, but it does not always mean that it is the safest venture. Due to the negligence of drivers, many motorcyclists find themselves paying the price for their mode of transportation. We at Arnold & Itkin look to advocate for the rights of those who have wrongfully suffered motorcycle injuries—regardless of whether they were aboard a sports bike or a cruiser. We represent riders in Houston and nationwide.

If you ride, here are a few helpful tips to help keep you safe on the road:

  • Pick a motorcycle that fits you. When choosing a bike, pick one that fits you. Not one that you find the most attractive, but one that has limitations that suit your riding ability. If you are getting your first sports bike, get an entry-level lightweight. Consider size, as your feet should be able to touch the ground when sitting on your bike.
  • Never carry a passenger if your bike is not built for it. Make sure that your bike is built to carry extra weight. Also, make sure there is designated space for a passenger, along with all necessary safety amenities for the passenger to use. Carrying a passenger on a bike that's not equipped to do so can be hazardous.
  • Assume that other drivers cannot see you. Don't rely on other operators to adjust to you. Instead, always assume that you are invisible and drive defensively to help protect yourself. This includes staying a safe distance away, avoiding blind spots, and always using your headlights, no matter the time of day or the weather.
  • Wear protective gearall of it! When riding a motorcycle, you should be fully and adequately covered. This includes wearing a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, gloves, boots that cover your ankles, long pants, and long sleeves. Protective jackets and pants can also provide additional coverage in the event of an accident.
  • Enroll yourself in a training course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers standardized courses throughout the nation that train students on how to handle their bikes properly. If you want to get further training, you can find a local course and get yourself enrolled. Even seasoned riders can benefit from ongoing training.

Unfortunately, even riders who take every precaution and ride defensively can be seriously injured through no fault of their own. That is why it is so important to involve a Houston motorcycle accident attorney if you or someone you know has been injured. The other driver might try to blame you for an accident you did not cause, but a skilled lawyer can investigate and get to the bottom of what actually occurred to protect your interests and your right to fair compensation.

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About Houston

Houston was incorporated on June 5, 1837. As the fourth most populous city in the nation, with more than 2.3 million residents, 2 international airports (George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport), and one of the world’s largest ports (Port of Houston), the city relies heavily on its transportation infrastructure. Freeways radiate outward from Downtown Houston, creating the foundation for a traditional hub-and-spoke highway system. Interstates 45, 10, and 69 intersect Houston, as well as several other state highways and U.S. routes.

With its scenery and weather, Houston has a lot to offer motorcycle riders. There are several motorcycle routes in the greater Houston area, including the Sam Houston National Forest, the Woodlands Back Stretch, and the Three Sisters, nicknamed “The Twisted Sisters” for its hills and steep turns.

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Injured in a Texas Motorcycle Accident? Know Your Next Steps.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then you already know how emotionally damaging this can be. You, however, may not know what your next move should be. That is where we come in. By getting an Arnold & Itkin attorney on your side, you will be able to take the next steps toward evaluating your case and determining the best course of action. If you suffered motorcycle injuries, no matter whether the accident was on a sports bike or a cruiser, if the negligence of a third party caused it, you likely have grounds to file a personal injury claim.

When you need legal services on your side, we are here to help. Our clients' best interests always come first. We know the best ways in which to investigate the accident and understand how to help our clients maximize their recovery. No matter whether it was caused by a drunk driver, a dangerous roadway, or even a defective part, you can be confident knowing we will be there to help you in every way possible. We recognize that compensation needs to be obtained comprehensively—not just for the immediate bills, but also to ensure that you are taken care of in the long run, and our Houston motorcycle injury attorneys will do everything we can to fight for the full financial compensation you deserve.

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Choose a Houston Motorcycle Accident Law Firm That Has Recovered Billions

Our two founding attorneys, Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin, were both named "Top Lawyers for the People" by H Texas Magazine in 2005 and have both been honored with several other recognitions. They are not only locally known throughout Houston and Texas, but they have also become nationally known for their efforts to protect the legal rights of plaintiffs. They are even recognized outside of the legal sphere; both were listed in the Houston Business Journal in the "40 Under 40" for 2011—a list that recognizes those under the age of 40 who excel in their industry.

Other honors that our firm has received include the following:

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in the Houston area, call our team. We also provide help nationwide, including Baton Rouge, Dallas, and more. Contact our firm to learn more.

Common Questions

  • Do I Need a Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Minor Injuries?

    Though you may not be seriously injured immediately after an accident, it is still worth it to call a lawyer. Occasionally, injuries remain undetected for a while after an accident. First, seek the counsel of a trusted physician who can evaluate your physical state and advise you of any future complications. Next, seek the legal counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and guide you through your legal options. If a more serious injury surfaces, you can trust that we will fight on your behalf and pursue just compensation.

  • How Important Is It to Immediately Pursue an Investigation?

    The accident investigation is crucial to the overall outcome of the case. For this reason, you should give us a call as soon as possible. You can be sure that the insurance company will be at the scene of the accident trying to find evidence. Even the playing field by calling our skilled Houston motorcycle accident attorneys. We can gather evidence, witnesses, and information that will strengthen your case.

  • What If a Defective Part Caused My Accident?

    Unfortunately, not every motorcycle placed on the market is 100% perfect. There are defective products that could have been dangerous in design, manufactured with low-quality materials, or even built by an improperly trained employee. The best way to know for sure if you have a claim is to get a lawyer involved. We can exhaustively investigate every factor in your accident to make sure that the liable party, be that the designer or the manufacturer, is held responsible for your injuries and damages sustained.

  • What If I Was Injured in an Accident Caused by a Dangerous Road?

    Negligent operators do not cause every accident. In some cases, the very roads that you travel on could be considered reasonably dangerous. If this is the case, you are not without hope. Roads are legally required to be maintained to a certain degree of safety. For example, if a pothole caused the accident, we could file a claim on your behalf and hold the appropriate parties legally responsible for your injuries.

  • Do I Have Legal Options If My Loved One Was Involved in a Fatal Crash?

    There are steps that you can take if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident. At our firm, we could help you to pursue a wrongful death claim—this can help cover all related expenses, such as burial costs, funeral expenses, all related medical bills and even the loss of wages.

  • Should I Hire a Motorcycle Crash Lawyer to Help?

    Yes! You absolutely need the assistance of a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in Houston to help. This is too important of a process to leave it up to legal chance. You need to be proactive in your attempts to fight for just outcome. Give an attorney a call and get started on the fight for your just resolution.

  • Can I Afford a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

    At Arnold & Itkin, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that unless we obtain compensation on your behalf, you will not be charged legal fees. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by calling our firm for a free case evaluation. We will fight for your future financial security. Recovering billions of dollars, our motorcycle accident attorneys know how to recover compensation.

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