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Motorcycle accidents occur everyday. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer J.D. Silva & Associates today.

The Dangers of Motorcycles and Lane Splitting

The exposed nature of riding a motorcycle means riders can suffer serious injuries if hit by another car or truck, or even just when hitting a bad patch of road. If an accident does happen, the motorcyclist should, if able, first make sure to address any injuries and call 911 if needed. They should go the hospital or to see a doctor to be evaluated. Each accident is different; and some riders are lucky and walk away with minor scrapes and bruises, while others can suffer broken bones, internal bleeding, and head/spinal injuries. Unfortunately, given motorcycles are often the smaller vehicle in a roadway crash, death is not an uncommon outcome for the rider or passenger. If able, the rider or a loved one should alert their insurance company to the accident and also call one of the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at J.D. Silva & Associates for help. Our team can help you through the process, including handling everything from making sure a claim is filed properly to determining who is liable for your injuries and the damage to your motorcycle.

In the event of a grave injury, the cause of the accident is not usually the motorcyclist. Our attorneys can examine the facts and accident scene to determine how the crash happened and who might be legally responsible for the resulting damage – including the driver of another vehicle, the motorcycle manufacturer, a repair shop, or a local municipality for failure to properly maintain roads.

Our team will pursue a case against those responsible for your Houston motorcycle accident and get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

To operate a motorcycle in Texas, riders must have a valid Class M License. Additionally, motorcycle riders and passengers in Texas are required to wear a helmet that meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard #218. If you are 21 years of age or older and have passed a DPS-approved Motorcycle Operator Training Course or can show proof of having at least $10,000 in medical insurance, you can choose not to wear a helmet.

If you were in a motorcycle wreck, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you are able to, first call 911. Get police assistance and an ambulance if necessary. Do not leave the accident scene unless your injuries necessitate it, so you can assist with filing a police report. Report the accident to your insurance agency. Answer the questions truthfully, but do not record a statement.

A variety of factors can lead to motorcycle accidents, including:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Drivers who fail to yield the right of way to motorcycles at intersections
  • Intoxicated or impaired motorists
  • Unsafe road conditions, such as potholes or unmarked construction

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you deserve legal representation that can hold the people who caused your accident accountable for their negligence.

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