An exciting ride can be a dangerous one
Although riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating, especially across the open expanse of Texas, riders face a significant risk of injury if an accident occurs. Complicating the situation is the difficulty bikers often face in getting compensation for their injuries. Motorists often protest that they “never saw it coming,” implying that the rider made some unsafe maneuver that caused the accident.
Texas helmet laws and contributory negligence
Under Texas law, riders age 21 and older are not required to wear helmets on the road. Yet, there is ample evidence that in accidents involving cars, trucks and other vehicles, motorcycle helmets reduce head injuries and save lives. This raises the question about whether failing to take a safety precaution that could eliminate or significantly reduce injury constitutes contributory negligence. In this regard, Texas law favors the rider. Even if one concedes that failure to wear a helmet is negligence that exacerbates an injury, it is not negligence that contributes to causing the accident. Therefore, the absence of a helmet is not evidence of contributory negligence that defendants can use to limit injured riders’ compensation for serious and fatal accidents.
We fight for the safety of motorcyclists
Severe injuries common to motorcyclists
Because of their exposure to impact, motorcyclists tend to suffer more serious injuries than drivers of passenger cars, even in low-speed accidents. Serious personal injuries common to riders include:
- Neck and spine injury
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Foot amputation
- Concussion, skull fracture, traumatic brain injury
Many of the injuries bikers sustain are catastrophic. Our firm works vigorously to help ensure that our clients receive sufficient compensation to adapt to these life-changing accidents.
Consult a dedicated Houston attorney for your accident claim
It can be an uphill fight that motorcyclists face when seeking compensation for serious injuries. We’re determined to do everything possible to see that you or your loved one obtain full compensation.
For the responsive legal counsel you need after a serious motorcycle accident, call the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations and you pay no attorney’s fees unless your claim is successful. Our team is also happy to make home or hospital room visits if you cannot make it to our Houston office.
"Shane showed genuine concern about my well-being. He not only gave me excellent legal service, he did so with compassion and integrity."--Tracy