According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), the latest vehicle mile travel data shows that motorcyclists are about 27 more likely as passenger car occupants to die in an auto accident, and they are 6 times as likely to be injured.
When you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’re likely feeling scared and uncertain. How will you provide financial support for you and your family while recovering from extensive injuries? How will you afford to pay medical bills for injuries that may require long-term treatment? Will life ever be normal again?
Whether you were hit by a distracted driver, a drunk driver, or someone who simply failed to see you, as motorcyclists you have the same rights as all other drivers on the road. Since motorcyclists have very little protection when injured in a crash, their injuries can be devastating and incur significant monetary losses. Because of this, it is critical to be represented by an experienced Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.
At Mestemaker and Straub, we understand what you’re feeling. Your motorcycle accident has probably shaken you enough, and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone. The insurance process can be a maze of confusion and paperwork. The attorneys at Mestemaker and Straub are happy to help you through it so you can focus on what matters most.
A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CAN LEAD TO A TRAUMATIC INJURY
At Mestemaker and Straub, we handle a wide variety of Motorcycle Accident cases.
Our firm is fully dedicated to helping HOUSTON injury victims obtain the fair accident compensation that they rightfully deserve.
A motorcycle ride can be enjoyable, but a relaxing ride around town can leave you or a loved one with severe injuries. If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another driver's negligence, you should contact an experienced Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney.
What Do You Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
You may have worn the appropriate safety gear. You may have followed all the best practices for motorcycle safety. But the reality is, accidents happen. And when they do, it’s best to be prepared. In the event that you are injured in an accident, the following steps should be taken:
Be sure that a report of the accident is filed by the police or proper authorities.
Get checked out by a healthcare professional as soon as possible. Your health is the first priority, especially if your injuries are severe or life-threatening.
Make sure the injuries and incident are documented. This usually means taking photos and saving receipts of any medical expenses or out-of-pocket costs.
Cooperate with your own insurer to provide them with all the information they need. You do not want to forfeit any potential coverage for failing to cooperate.
Contact an experienced Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer. We can help ensure that everything is documented and reported properly.
Also being aware of the risks and practice safe driving techniques of a motorcycle could save your life. We've identified some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Cause: A car turns in front of you at an intersection
How to avoid it: Pay attention to what’s happening around you. They may not see you coming, but you should always make sure that you see them. In any situation, slow down, cover your brakes, and prepare to take evasive action. Should you need to take evasive action, identify your routes of escape.
Cause: You hit gravel in a blind corner
How to avoid it: Don’t hit it in the first place by riding at a pace that gives you enough reaction time to avoid unsuspected objects. “Slow in, fast out” is an effective rule to remember.
Cause: You enter a corner too fast
How to avoid it: Only ride as fast as you can see. Use visual cues like telephone poles and signs to judge where a road is going even if the road is disappearing behind a blind crest.
Cause: A car changes lanes into you
How to avoid it: Be aware of where blind spots lie and avoid them as much as possible. If you can see a driver’s eyes in their mirrors, they are able to see you too.
Cause: A car hits you from behind
How to avoid it: If a single car is stopped at a multi-lane stoplight with more cars approaching quickly behind you, wave nicely and pull in front of the car in front of you to avoid impact. You could also pull between a line of cars. In other situations, you could stop to the side rather than the center of a lane and rapidly flash your brake light so cars approaching behind you can see you.
YOU CAN RECOVER DAMAGES
Our personal injury attorneys frequently handle cases involving devastating conditions like broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, burns, medical complications, back injuries and more.
At Mestemaker and Straub, we understand that these types of injuries can cause lifelong disabilities and hardship for victims and their families. It is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your accident.
Some accidents are unavoidable. But when negligence and recklessness play a role in a preventable accident that causes personal injuries, the responsible party can be held liable. Negligence is the failure to take appropriate care when performing an action.
How much you can recover will always depend the specific facts of your case. Though, you may be able to seek compensation for:
All of your medical expenses
Any rehabilitation-related expenses
Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
Pain and suffering
Mental anguish and emotional distress
YOU NEED TO ACT QUICKLY
If you've been injured in an accident, time is of the essence, and the window for legal recourse is short. Contact the experts at Mestemaker and Straub to learn more about the time you have to file a personal injury claim after your accident. DON'T WAIT!
Many injury victims are unable to recover the full compensation that they deserve. This happens because mistakes are made immediately following the accident. By taking the proper steps immediately after suffering injury, you will go a long way towards protecting your rights. If you have suffered a personal injury in Houston, consider the following list of the four things that you need to do as soon as possible:
Seek medical attention: There is nothing that should come before your health. After suffering any type of injury, you should get yourself a comprehensive medical evaluation. Often, your injuries will be far more serious than you realize. Injuries like head trauma and back damage are difficult to diagnose and often come with a delayed onset. You need to protect your health. Further, it is also important to get medical attention from a legal perspective. In the event that you choose to take legal action in relation to your injuries, you will need official medical documentation. Without the documentation that you will receive during your medical exams, it will be very difficult to prove the full extent of your injuries.
Report your injury: You must also report your injury to all appropriate authorities. Who needs to know about your injury will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. For example, if you were injured in a Houston car accident, you will need to report your accident to the local authorities and to any insurance companies.
Secure evidence: Successful personal injury claims require evidence. After suffering an injury, you need to take proactive steps to preserve any evidence that you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, many types of evidence will quickly begin to disappear. If you fail to secure evidence soon after your accident, you may miss out on your opportunity to do so. For example, if you do not obtain a witness statement immediately after your accident, you may lose track of that witness. Alternatively, their statement may be perceived as less reliable.
Contact an Experience Personal Injury Attorney: Ultimately, the most important thing you can do after an serious accident is to consult with a Houston personal injury attorney. Your attorney can make sure that you do everything the right way so that your legal rights are protected. As one example, your personal injury attorney will ensure that you can gather and secure all forms of evidence that are relevant to your claim.