Laredo Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
We Can Help You Get Compensated for Your Injuries
While the freedom that comes with riding your motorcycle down the highway is exhilarating, it can also be costly. Due to motorcycles’ smaller size, motorcycle riders often face far more extreme injuries and deaths than do automobile drivers. In 2017 alone, motorcycle accidents led to 14% of all traffic deaths, and motorcycle crashes are 27 times more likely to end in death than any other type of accident. Tragically, many of these fatalities are not the fault of the motorcyclist, and could have been avoided if the automobile driver had not been distracted, careless, or even driving under the influence.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you might have received severe physical injuries that require extensive hospital bills, therapy, and recuperation. Our skilled, empathetic, and reliable attorneys at Gonzalez Druker Law Firm will handle everything related to your personal injury claim by fighting for your rights so that you can focus on getting back to normal.
What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident in Laredo
Directly following a crash, it can feel like the world is spinning out of control. However, there are several steps you can take that can allow you to receive full benefits to compensate for the loss and trauma you are about to undergo.
The steps you should take following a motorcycle accident include:
- Ensuring your own safety. This crucial step should take immediate precedence. Get to the side of the road and assess your own injuries, including possible sprains, breaks, difficulty breathing, or loss of blood. Then, even if you or the other driver is not in critical condition, call both the police and an ambulance, since many physical effects may not appear immediately.
- Once you have called the authorities, it is time to gather as much evidence to help support your cause and prove the other driver’s liability for his or her involvement. Remember, even if it was completely an accident on both sides, a driver’s negligence could have long-term consequences on your life that need to be accounted for by their insurance.
- Make sure to not touch the motorcycle but snap pictures of its exact position in relation to the other vehicle and the immediate surroundings. Videotaping the scene is helpful too, in order to establish the distances of objects. Make sure to talk about the accident in your video to help remember details.
- Make sure to never, ever verbally claim liability after a crash, even if you think you might be possibly at fault. Especially after an accident, you might not be thinking as clearly or able to see the entire story of the events leading to the crash. You cannot reverse your admission in court, so it is important to wait and discuss the full case with one of our supportive lawyers.
Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Texas?
In Texas, the law requires all motorcycle riders and passengers who are under the age of 21 to wear a helmet that meets the safety standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Riders who are over the age of 21 also have to wear a helmet, unless they:
Have completed an approved motorcycle training course
Has at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage for any injuries in the event of an accident
Wearing a helmet is a crucial safety measure. Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries and fatalities in the event of an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wearing a motorcycle helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury by 69%. They can also help reduce the risk of death by 37%.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riding can be an exhilarating and efficient mode of transportation, but it also comes with inherent risks. Due to the limited protection that motorcycles offer compared to cars, accidents involving motorcycles tend to result in more severe injuries and fatalities. Understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents is crucial for both riders and other road users to promote safety on the streets.
- Distracted Drivers
- Drunk Drivers
- Unsafe Lane Changes
- Riding Under the Influence
- Lack of Riding Experience
- Poor Road Conditions
- Left-Turning Vehicles
- Reckless Riding
- Road Rage