Sadly, of all motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents tend to result in some of the most severe injuries. All too often, motorcycle wrecks prove fatal for bikers. This is due, in part, to the relative lack of protection motorcyclists have when they are hit by larger passenger vehicles and trucks. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that there were 501 motorcycle operators and passengers killed in Texas in 2017 and, of these fatalities, 52% of victims were not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you are likely feeling a mix of shock, disbelief, anger, anxiety, and incredible sadness. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we understand just how difficult it can be to move forward with your life after a serious accident. Because of this, our Houston motorcycle accident attorneys provide compassionate, personalized legal services for victims of severe injury and the surviving family members of people killed in fatal collisions. Our legal team is here to answer your questions and guide you through the legal process.
Contact us online or call our office at (713) 714-5089 to request a confidential consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.
Helping You Recover Fair Compensation for Your Losses
As previously mentioned, motorcyclists and their passengers tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries in collisions with other types of motor vehicles. While proper safety gear, such as heavy clothing and motorcycle helmets, can help protect riders, they are often thrown from their bikes when they are hit.
This can result in all types of injuries, including serious cuts and lacerations, fractures, amputation, spinal cord and head injuries, and internal organ damage. These types of injuries will typically require immediate emergency treatment, as well as extensive, ongoing care.
If someone else’s negligence caused the motorcycle accident that left you injured, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Any medical treatment you received immediately after the crash
- Ongoing care, including physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy
- Loss of earning ability if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Lost income/wages for time taken off work to recover/receive treatment
- Physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of life enjoyment
Under Texas’s modified comparative fault rule, you may be entitled to recover compensation in an amount up to but not exceeding the at-fault percentage of liability of the other involved party. In other words, if you suffer $10,000 in damages, but a jury finds you 10% at fault for the accident, you will only be able to recover damages up to $9,000.
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney
Unfortunately, negative stereotypes about motorcyclists persist. In reality, most motorcycle accidents are not caused by bikers, but by careless, reckless, and negligent motorists. Despite this, juries often allow this bias to influence their decision in motorcycle accident claims.
It is crucial that you work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help ensure that your rights are protected. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we have more than 60 years of combined experience. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Houston can help you fully understand your legal options and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Injured in a motorcycle accident? Get in touch with our team at (713) 714-5089 today to request your initial case evaluation.