Amarillo Motorcycle Accidents
More than 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death of the motorcycle rider, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you face challenges rarely seen in other types of motor vehicle accidents. At the Wood Law Firm LLP, we believe that bikers deserve full and fair compensation, and we are ready to fight for you.
Why You Need an Amarillo Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The majority of motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are caused by the other driver not the motorcyclist. But jurors tend to be biased, still believing that bikers are reckless risk-takers by nature. And the insurance companies know how to play on that misconception. You need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side to level the playing field. That is where we come in.
The many challenges you may be facing include:
- Serious bodily injuries
- Lack of witnesses or unreliable witnesses
- No personal memory of your accident due to your injuries
- Jurors who do not ride and do not understand how motorcycle accidents happen
- Bias against bikers that may have affected your treatment at the scene and may influence statements and testimony of law enforcement, EMTs, the other driver, and any witnesses
Serious Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycle accidents are more likely than passenger vehicle accidents to cause severe and catastrophic injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Severe road rash
- Injuries to the legs, knees ankles, and feet
Road rash is an often-misunderstood injury. Road rash can be so severe that it is life-threatening. Severe road rash should be treated in a burn unit when possible. Early complications can include infection and sepsis. Severe road rash can cause permanent damage to muscle, and can even cause amputation of digits or limbs.
Compensation if You Were Not Wearing a Helmet
Texas law does not require you to wear a motorcycle helmet if you are 21 or over and meet either of the following conditions:
- You have completed an approved motorcycle operator training and safety course
- You carry medical insurance that specifically covers motorcycle accident injuries
If you were not wearing a helmet, you can still recover compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries. If you have head or neck injuries, the defendant may try to use your lack of helmet against you to reduce the amount of your damages by saying that you contributed to the seriousness of your injuries.
While helmets do save lives and minimize brain injuries, they do not save everyone and they do not even prevent all brain injuries. If you do not have adequate representation, the insurance company’s attorneys have an easy job convincing the jurors that you, or your loved one, would have been fine if you had only worn a helmet.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers work with medical experts and other experts to paint the full picture to the jury so that you can receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
To learn more about how we can help with your motorcycle accident lawsuit, please call the Amarillo motorcycle accident attorneys of Wood Law Firm LLP, at 806-372-WOOD (9663) or schedule your free consultation using our online form.