Motorcycle Accident Lawyer San Antonio
Motorcycle riders face constant danger from inattentive drivers on our roads on a daily basis. When tragedy strikes, turn to us in order to put our experienced personal injury attorneys in dealing with motorcycle accidents to use. We have successfully pursued cases in which the blame was often placed on the motorcycle rider at the beginning due to poor investigations. There are many steps to the legal process following a motorcycle accident and our law firm will guide you through every part of your case and protect your rights to compensation. We know how to go up against parties that will do anything to avoid liability and how to present evidence to support your claims. We have handled many motorcycle accident cases in and around San Antonio and we always strive for the best possible outcome for each client - no matter what the circumstance may be. If you crashed while riding a motorcycle, you should ensure that your physical health is stabilized immediately. As soon as you are able, you should sit down with a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss the best course of action in your case. Call The Law Offices of George Salinas to learn more today.
San Antonio Motorcyclists - Be Careful Out ThereStatistics indicate that about 88,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries in crashes in one year in the United States. Furthermore, 4,976 people were killed while riding motorcycles, which is a significantly higher percentage of fatalities than for occupants of motor vehicles. This data indicates that riding a motorcycle is a risky endeavor - yet so many people enthusiastically ride their motorcycles on a daily basis in the San Antonio area. It is important for every motorcyclist to be well aware of the risks of injuries and to understand motorcycle safety. First, every motorcyclist should have the proper safety gear. While Texas law exempts certain riders from wearing a helmet, it is always wise to do so. Even the best helmet cannot protect you from head and brain injuries all of the time, however, it can certainly reduce the chances of such as life-altering injury. Motorcyclists should also know that their smaller vehicles are more difficult to notice - especially in today’s world of distracted driving. Motorcyclists should stay alert and aware of the traffic around them so they may be able to react in time if a crash is about to happen. Even the most defensive driving will not always prevent motorcycle accidents, however, so you should know your rights if an accident does occur.
What Caused Your Motorcycle Accident?Knowing what caused your motorcycle crash is essential to knowing your rights as an accident victim. If you cannot identify and prove who caused the crash, you cannot hold anyone liable for your medical bills, lost income, and other extensive losses. Fortunately, our firm has the resources to fully investigate the circumstances of the crash and to determine whether the negligence of another party caused the accident.
Other driversMany motorcycles collisions occur because a driver was negligent in some manner. Drivers should always operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and when they fail to do so, accidents and injuries can result. Driver negligence in motorcycle accidents can include:
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Following a motorcycle too closely
- Cutting off a motorcycle with a sudden lane change
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Violating other traffic safety laws
Motorcycle manufacturersCompanies that manufacture and sell motorcycles and motorcycle parts have the duty to sell parts that are safe for their intended use. If a company designs or assembles a part incorrectly, it may be inherently defective and may malfunction while a motorcycle is in motion. If the wheels, tires, steering, or brakes on a motorcycle suddenly malfunction, a motorcyclist can lose control and crash. Just because it was a one-vehicle crash does not mean that you do not have a claim. In this situation, the manufacturer can be held responsible for your medical expenses and any other relevant damages.
Government agenciesState and local government agencies are charged with keeping the roads safe for all types of vehicles - including motorcycles. If agencies fail to design safe roads, inspect roads for hazards, or repair roads when needed, dangerous conditions can easily cause a motorcyclist to crash. Some dangerous road conditions include:
- Large cracks
- Uneven lanes
- Worn shoulders (or lack of a shoulder)
- Speed limits that are too high for turns
- Failure to warn of hidden intersections or other hazards