Motorcycle Accidents

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident?  Regardless of whether you were a driver or a passenger in a minor or major motorcycle accident, lawyers with The Law Offices of Adrian Crane are a great resource to protect your rights and to lead the fight for you in getting all of the compensation you deserve.

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane focuses their practice on vehicular and motorcycle injury accident law as well as all other types of personal injury law. We truly care about the bikers and clients we represent. Additionally, Adrian Crane has been a motorcyclist for more than 30 years having owned and ridden a great number of motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki, so he knows what it’s like to ride and face the dangers of the road on a motorcycle.

Our Dallas Texas lawyers know the ins and outs of succeeding for our motorcycle accident victims.  Even in this day and time we know that some people still have negative opinions about motorcyclists and that this can sometimes affect what you may face not only at the scene of the accident but also in successfully claiming compensation for damages.  We know that sometimes police reports can unfairly go against the motorcyclist.  We will fight for your rights and work hard to get you the compensation for your motorcycle accident that you deserve.

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an aggressive motorcycle accident and personal injury lawyer who will get you the most money possible in compensation for your damages, losses and for your pain and suffering.

Nobody ever wants to be injured in a motorcycle accident while cruising down the highway, but we who motorcycle know that the minute we go down our whole life can change.  In the case of a serious motorcycle accident, it could be years before we fully recover.  The unprotected nature of motorcycling is what leads to such often serious damages and is the reason why you need an experienced and knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer and personal injury lawyer representing you in your claim.

In any motorcycle accident where a motorcyclist is injured, the accident victim will in all probability need money to pay for ambulance bills, pay for hospital and medical bills for surgeries and rehabilitation, and money to get their motorcycle repaired.

A motorcycle accident and personal injury lawyer’s job is to use his skill and legal expertise in personal injury law and claims negotiations to represent and protect the interests of his clients to secure a fair and adequate monetary settlement when they have been injured in a motorcycle accident. They need to not only know how to protect and make your claim, but they also need to know the court system so that if negotiations with the insurance company don’t succeed, they can represent you in court.

Representing victims for claims in motorcycle accidents and in court proceedings is complicated.  There are hundreds of things the lawyer needs to know that govern a personal injury claim, and that is why The Law Offices of Adrian Crane focuses their practice on motorcycle and personal injury law.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money for their shareholders; they generally have very little to no obligation to pay fair amounts of money to settle claims made by motorcyclists who have been injured by their insureds.

When they are faced with a substantial financial loss in the situation where their insureds have caused a motorcycle accident, their concern is only in closing the case for as little money as is possible; their goal is to get the claimant to sign a release.

The adjuster for the insurance company will almost always first look for someone else to blame for the accident.  Then they will look for some way to make it look like the accident wasn’t that serious.  Then they do everything they can to minimize your injuries. They do everything they legally can in an effort to settle the case for as little money as is possible.

An experienced and aggressive motorcycle accident and personal injury lawyer understands how insurance company claims adjusters work and operate; they protect you from unethical and unfair practices of the insurance company’s adjusters.

Statistics and Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in cars.

Almost 15 percent of all accidents that occur on the roads in the United States involve motorcycles.

Almost 90,000 motorcyclists are injured in highway accidents every year.

Almost 5,000 motorcyclists are killed every year in road accidents.

Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents.

A motorcyclist who does not wear a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die than one who does.

A motorcyclist who does not wear a helmet is 15 percent more likely to suffer a nonfatal injury than one who does.

Helmets reduce the probability of a crash fatality by 37 percent.

In 2007, about 7 million motorcycles were registered in the U.S.

In 2005, the motorcycle fatality rate was about 75 per 100,000 motorcycles on the road; meanwhile, the passenger vehicle fatality rate in the same year was about 15 per 100,000 cars.

Growth of motorcycle fatalities is growing disproportionately to growth in motorcycle use.  In 1997 there were almost 4 million motorcycles registered in the U.S. and about 2,100 motorcycle fatalities.  In 2005, there were about 6 million motorcycles registered in the U.S. and about 4,800 motorcycle fatalities.  So, between 1997 and 2005, registrations grew 63 percent while fatalities grew by more than 100%.

In 2009, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute Report Found That:

More than half of all motorcyclist deaths involve at least two vehicles.

About 40 percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was about to pass the vehicle.

About half of all motorcycle deaths involved no other vehicle.

Of the 1,791 motorcycle deaths that involved only the motorcyclist, almost half were speeding; about 40 percent had blood alcohol concentrations of at least 0.08 percent.

Possible Causes of a Motorcycle Accident

  • Disobeying speed limitations;
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road;
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol;
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs;
  • Ignoring traffic conditions;
  • Ignoring road conditions;
  • Ignoring traffic control signals and signs;
  • Ignoring stop signs;
  • Ignoring yield signs;
  • Inexperienced motorists and motorcyclists;
  • Intentionally hostile actions:
  • Lane splitting, i.e. when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes;
  • Not stopping in time to prevent a rear end collision;
  • Not seeing a motorcyclist due to glare or other view obstructions;
  • Not using a turn signal;
  • Passing when illegal or unsafe;
  • Poor weather conditions;
  • Speeding;
  • Roadway defects;
  • Vehicle defects;

Although helmets can save lives, motorcyclists have little protection in an accident.  In fact, the primary reason for serious motorcycle accidents where death and severe injuries occur is that motorcycles offer little protection when a collision occurs, like passenger vehicles do. 

Helmet Statistics

While we believe that motorcyclists should be free to wear a helmet or not, the truth is that helmets do save lives.

Wearing helmets is in fact the single best way to prevent motorcycle accident fatalities.  

The latest statistics show that about 45% of all individuals killed in a motorcycle accident were not wearing helmets.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that almost 1,900 lives were saved in 2008 because riders were wearing helmets.  They believe that more than 800 additional victims would have lived had they been wearing a helmet.

Texas is one of the states that has repealed a mandatory helmet law.  Others include Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, helmet use drops significantly when helmet use is repealed.

Fatalities increased in all seven states that repealed helmets laws.  Fatalities in Louisiana more than doubled.

Overall, nationwide helmet usage has increased. As a result, motorcycle accident fatalities have dramatically decreased.

More Alcohol and Motorcycle Accident Statistics 

In 2010, the NHTSA stated that a total of 29% of all fatal motorcycle accidents involved riders with a blood alcohol level above .08, which is the national legal limit.

One in every three motorcycle accidents was a result of riding under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) young adults between the ages of 20 through 24 have the most alcohol-related motorcycle crashes.

Close to 4% of all victims involved in a fatal motorcycle accident had at least one prior conviction for an alcohol related road infraction. 

Speeding and Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the NHTSA, almost 40% of all motorcycle accidents in involved speeding.

Approximately 35 of all fatal motorcycle accidents were caused by speeding.

Approximately half of all motorcycle accidents are single accident crashes; no other vehicle is involved.  Excessive speed is usually the cause of single accident motorcycle accidents.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association believes that stronger enforcement of speeding laws in high-target areas will reduce motorcycle accidents and fatalities.

Motorcyclists speeding while not wearing a helmet at least double their risk of a fatal motorcycle accident.

Getting Help for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries and high medical bills.  Lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and other harms often result.  Victims not only deserve to be compensated for their injuries and other damages but also need correct legal advice while the claim is pending to make sure they do not make mistakes on their own that otherwise would not occur.

Statistics show that you stand a much higher chance of getting a fair recovery when you are represented by a competent lawyer, and that is even after the attorney‘s fees.  With an experienced lawyer, you have a much better chance of getting the financial compensation you deserve.  Hiring an experienced motorcycle accident personal injury lawyer can also substantially reduce the stress in your life while you are recovering.

For more information, please call an experienced motorcycle accident personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane by calling us or by completing the case evaluation contact form found on this website.  We’re ready to start helping you now!

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