Motorcycle Accidents

Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Fighting for Motorcycle Accident Victims in Texas

Negligence on the road is extremely common, which explains why more than six million car crashes occur in the United States every year. No one is safe from severe injuries and damages in auto accidents, but motorcyclists are by far one of the most vulnerable groups of people. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are nearly 28 times more likely than people in passenger vehicles to die in crashes.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s likely that you’re suffering from catastrophic injuries and facing a mountain of medical bills and property damage expenses. You shouldn’t have to pay for it if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Chris Morrow Law, PLLC’s own Austin motorcycle accident lawyer has the experience needed to protect your rights to compensation. By holding at-fault drivers and other parties liable, we can secure the financial reward you’re entitled to following a harrowing experience.

Fill out our online form to get in touch with Chris Morrow, or call us at (512) 641-5232. We offer free consultations and can meet with you at any time of day.

We Know Texas’s Motorcycle Laws

Texas has some specific motorcycle laws that may impact your personal injury claim after an accident, for better or for worse. The state has its own helmet law, for instance, which requires motorcyclists to wear helmets if they’re under the age of 21. Riders over 21 can forego a helmet if they have insurance coverage or certification. When it comes to carrying passengers, no one under the age of five can ride on a motorcycle.

Some states have laws prohibiting lane splitting, a dangerous practice that involves motorcyclists passing other vehicles by weaving in and out of traffic between cars. However, Texas doesn’t prohibit lane splitting, meaning that if a motorcyclist is involved in a car accident, other drivers and passengers can’t incite any lane-splitting law that would blame the motorcyclist. Our motorcycle accident lawyer in Austin is a Texas local who knows all our state laws regarding motorcycles and is able to use them to defend you after an accident caused by someone else.

Compensation Victims Can Recover After a Motorcycle Accident

Because motorcycle accidents tend to result in severe injuries, you may be facing tens of thousands of dollars of debt in medical bills, lost income, property damage, and non-economic damages like mental anguish. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may also be burdened with funeral costs. Chris Morrow believes clients shouldn’t be expected to front their own costs when they’ve suffered so much already. He has nearly 30 years of litigation experience that he can put to work to build your case and obtain the compensation you’re legally entitled to.

Our motorcycle accident attorney in Austin has well over two decades of experience defending clients in Austin and throughout Texas. Learn more about how we can help you by calling our office at (512) 641-5232.

Who is Liable for Motorcycle Accidents?

Over the years, there has been a lot of debate over the dangers of motorcycles. Many people associate motorcyclists with risk-taking adrenaline junkies who don’t value their safety or the safety of others. However, many motorcycle accidents are caused not by riders, but by negligent drivers of passenger vehicles.

Drivers can contribute to motorcycle accidents based on different types of negligence, including:

  • Speeding: The faster a vehicle travels on the road, the less time its driver has to slow down or navigate around an obstacle. Speeding drivers can injure motorcyclists when they rear-end them on roads, make sharp turns, and run red lights.
  • Distracted driving: Because motorcyclists are smaller, they’re more likely to be hidden in driver blind spots. Motorcyclists also frequently lane split and weave between cars, and it’s up to the driver to notice them and give them the space they need. Unfortunately, many drivers are distracted by their phones or conversations and may not notice a motorcyclist in their blind spot or approaching them from the side.
  • Impaired driving: Drunk drivers put everyone’s lives at risk when they get behind the wheel, including nearby motorcyclists. Because of their reduced cognitive functions and coordination, they’re more likely to swerve on the road, speed, make illegal turns, and fail to yield to a motorcyclist’s right of way.

However, drivers aren’t always responsible for accidents and injuries. Sometimes motorcyclists will crash because of a bike defect or some faulty part, from their gears to their braking system. In these instances, the motorcycle manufacturer or designer could be held responsible and have to issue recalls of the specific part that is dangerous. Motorcyclists can also crash when they travel over broken roads with a lot of gravel and lose control – in these cases, the entity responsible for maintaining public roads can be at fault.

Because motorcycle accidents can be complex, it’s beneficial to have a personal injury attorney on your side who can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident.

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