Lubbock Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Fighting to Set Things Right for Injured Riders, No Matter What
Motorcycles are an American tradition. In fact, some of the world’s earliest and most successful manufacturers of the modern motorcycle came from the United States. Indian Motorcycles was founded in 1901 and built what is considered one of the first successful production motorcycles. Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903 and grew to be an iconic symbol of Americana.
Today, motorcycles remain popular. The freedom of riding on the road with two wheels is an aesthetic that lures many Lubbock residents to purchase a motorcycle of their own. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders experience a high rate of devastating accidents on the road. According to NHTSA data, there were 5,286 fatalities nationwide among motorcycle riders in 2016.
Though motorcycles only account for 3 percent of all registered vehicles, 14 percent of traffic deaths were motorcycle riders.
Studying motorcycle accident data from 2016 reveals even more lopsided statistics. Though motorcycles only travel 0.6 percent of the miles traveled by vehicles in the United States, their accidents still represent an overwhelmingly high rate of death. In fact, motorcycles are 6 times more likely to be in an accident when compared to other registered vehicles on the road.
The Lubbock motorcycle accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have won billions of dollars helping the injured and wronged get back on their feet. We've secured hundreds of verdicts and settlements worth $1 million or more, allowing accident victims to pay for medical care, replace lost wages, and provide for themselves and their families. As one of the foremost trial law firms in the nation, we have the resources and track record to get the best possible result in your case. Speak with us today to learn your legal and financial options for free.
Call (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation with our attorneys. We take no fee unless we win, so there's no risk to learning what you can do to recover your losses.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
After over 100 years of production, very little has changed regarding the general design of a motorcycle. The vehicles still (mostly) travel on two wheels, are powered by small engines, and are lightweight in comparison to other vehicles. Though effective, these qualities contribute to the risks motorcycle owners face. A motorcycle’s small design and lack of safety features make them a mismatched opponent for a larger vehicle in a collision.
Right Turn Accidents
Many accidents involving motorcycles are caused by someone making a right turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. Motorists often only scan for other cars when deciding if a turn is safe to make. A motorcycle’s small size and speed often cause drivers to misjudge how much time they have to make a turn, causing a serious or fatal collision.
Motorcycles are small and fit perfectly into a car’s blind spot. When a driver doesn't check their blind spot for motorcycles specifically, they might fail to see the rider in the next lane over. With lack of awareness, there is a heightened risk of motorcycle riders getting sideswiped or pushed off the road by negligent drivers.
A motorcycle's size gives them the agility needed to quickly move between cars. However, inattentive drivers may not look for riders before changing lanes, causing a potentially devastating collision. As Lubbock’s population grows, so will its traffic. Without accountability, more bikes will be hit by inattentive drivers.
Highways across the nation are aging, accommodating an ever-increasing volume of traffic, and becoming increasingly worn down. While potholes and bumps provide for a rough ride in four-wheeled vehicles, these same hazards can be deadly to a motorcycle rider. Other hazards that pose a threat to motorcyclists include gravel, wet or icy weather conditions, and roadkill.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Motorcycles lack the protective features that most automobiles have—there are no airbags, safety belts, or other systems designed to save lives. Motorcycles also lack a “cage.” This is the term is used to describe the structure of a vehicle that protects occupants in an accident. That's why, when a motorcycle collides with a car, the results are devastating. There are usually hundreds of pounds in difference between a car and a motorcycle, this puts a motorcyclist's safety at a fundamentally higher risk in an accident.
Serious motorcycle accident injuries include the following:
- Brain Injuries: Brain injuries harm a person's cognitive function or mobility. Either one of these effects can leave a person unable to earn a living or provide for themselves.
- Spinal Injuries: The spinal cord allows us to move. Compression injuries to the spine’s vertebrae cause pain, paralysis, and other serious issues. When the spinal cord is broken, the damage is permanent.
- Road Rash and Burns: This injury often resembles burns and damages multiple layers of skin. Some road rash is severe enough to require skin grafting and surgical procedures to repair damage.
- Bone Fractures and Breaks: Difference in size and the lack of restraints on motorcycles subject riders to an immense amount of force. This results in broken bones and fractures that require an extensive healing process. In some cases, doctors are forced to perform surgery to rebuild severely damaged bone.
- Amputation or Loss of Limb: Sometimes, injuries to hands, feet, arms, and legs are irreparable and require amputation. These injuries cause more than just physical pain. Psychological trauma is common among individuals who have lost limbs.
Motorcycle Accident Fatalities in Lubbock, TX
According the Lubbock Police Department, there are between 20 and 30 fatal accidents in Lubbock each year. When fatal car accidents spiked in January of 2018, a spokesperson for the police department mentioned that many fatal accidents in the Lubbock area involved motorcycles. In fact, the department revealed that of Lubbock’s 26 fatal accidents in 2017, 23 percent involved a motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accident FAQ
What's a good settlement offer for a motorcycle accident claim?
It's tough to say what a motorcycle claim should be worth, without carefully considering every part of a rider's losses. This includes medical treatment, the cost of ongoing therapy or care, lost earnings, loss of future earnings, repairing or replacing the bike, and even emotional trauma like pain and suffering. All of these losses should be covered, and many insurance companies and large corporations will try to offer lowball settlements that do not begin to compensate a rider for what he or she has experienced.
A good settlement offer is one that covers every single part of your losses, expenses and trauma. It should bring peace of mind because you know your future is provided for.
Who is responsible for causing most motorcycle accidents?
Like all traffic accidents, the majority of motorcycle collisions are caused by unsafe driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, driving too fast for current road or weather conditions, and failing to check blind spots are all examples of how a driver can cause a motorcycle accident. Some crashes can be attributed to dangerous roads and defective motorcycle or auto parts. Determining the cause of your motorcycle accident is an important part of the counsel provided by our Lubbock attorneys. We can then see how to help you recover fair compensation so you can recover and move on.
What can an attorney do to help me if I was injured on a motorcycle?
Injured riders in Lubbock and across Texas typically find it hard to get a fair settlement that covers damage to their bike and the physical injuries they've experienced. Insurance companies are notorious for delaying claims, denying payment, and undervaluing losses.
Having an attorney in your corner shows you mean business. It levels the playing field and gives you the opportunity to get your claim paid fairly, because you'll have a professional who knows the playbook and how to protect your rights.
Lubbock Motorcycle Attorneys Helping People Recover
At Arnold & Itkin, our personal injury attorneys know how devastating motorcycle accidents are. Lifelong injuries produce hardships no one should be forced to live with—pain, disability, and inability to earn a living make life more difficult than it should be. We also know that drivers have a responsibility to share the road with motorcyclists.
No one should be severely injured because of the negligence of others. Our attorneys have won billions of dollars for clients and will fight for your recovery. We understand the strain that accidents place on finances and we will cover the costs of your case while we fight to win compensation. By doing this, we aim to relieve financial stress that our clients may be experiencing, and no fees are paid unless we obtain results.
Call our Lubbock motorcycle accident attorneys today at (888) 493-1629 for a free case evaluation.