Our Parker County motorcycle accident law firm is comprised of a fair number of motorcycle enthusiasts, so we understand the unbridled freedom of a ride on the backroads of Texas and the danger presented by careless drivers. Motorcycles are far less stable than four-wheeled vehicles, and they lack the safety features of automobiles, such as seat belts, airbags, reinforced passenger compartment, bumpers, and crash avoidance systems. These limitations mean that motorcycle riders face both a higher risk of being involved in a crash than passenger car occupants, and the risk of catastrophic injuries also is higher. If your or someone close to you has been involved in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at the Hampton Eppes Law Group have nearly four decades of collective expeience advocating for the rights of clients. Some of the most recent recognition received by our trial lawyers includes:
Given highest 10.0 Rating by AVVO
Selected by National Trial Lawyers as Top 100 Trial Lawyer
Recipient of Top 40 Under 40 Recognition
Unique Safety Risk Associated with Motorcycles
The relatively high risk of injury when riding a motorcycle is quantified by a substantial amount of data. Motorcycles are 27 times more likely to be involved in a crash than cars based on miles traveled according to federal government data. Although the number of motorcycle fatalities began to decline in the early 1980s, this trend began to reverse in 1998 with the repeal of universal helmet laws in many states. The number of motorcycle accidents increased by two times during the ensuing 18-year period. This increase occurred even though deaths involving other motor vehicles were declining with the development of improved vehicle safety features. Almost 5,000 lives were lost in motorcycle collisions during the most recent year for which federal data is available.
Because motorcycles do not offer the stability of passenger cars, riders have a smaller margin for error when coping with road hazards, unsafe drivers, or mechanical problems. While drivers of cars can use tactics like veering sharply or forcefully applying the brakes, these maneuvers can be dangerous when riding a motorcycle. Rider safety can be endangered by a multitude of hazardous practices by other drivers that includes:
- Driver indifference to rider safety
- Motorist failure to look before changing lanes
- Vehicles exceeding the speed limit
- Roadway design, construction, and maintenance defects
- Inattentive motorists attempting to multi-task behind the wheel
- Failure of a driver to adapt to road, weather, and traffic conditions
- Unsafe motorcycle designs and other vehicle defects
- Motorists drivers exceeding the speed limit
- Drunk or drug-impaired motorists
- Aggressive drivers who simultaneously violate multiple traffic safety laws
- Improper motorcycle maintenance by a repair shop
- Failure of drivers to see motorcyclists because of glare from the windshield
- Motorists refusal to respect motorcyclist’s right of way
High Risk of Catastrophic Injuries and Fatalities
Although the lack of vehicle safety features, rider exposure to impact, and the relative instability of a motorcycle can lead to many serious injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) constitute the biggest risk of death to riders. Because we see so many injured motorcyclists, we encourage all riders to strap on a helmet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that helmets have been proven to be 37 percent effective in the prevention of fatal head injuries during motorcycle collisions.
Motorcyclists often suffer severe and permanent injuries during crashes, such as:
- Permanent disfigurement
- Damage to vital organs
- Loss of limbs
- Paralysis from spine and neck injuries
- Wrongful death
The experienced Parker County motorcycle accident attorneys at the Hampton Eppes Law Group recognize the impact of a devastating injury on every aspect of victims’ lives. We tenaciously pursue the fullest recovery, which might include compensation for some or all of the following:
- Past, present & future lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages (cases of egregious conduct)
Discuss Your Accident with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!
Our dedicated Parker County motorcycle accident lawyers recognize the impact of lingering biases against motorcyclists. We also know that law enforcement accident reports often favor drivers of cars because the rider is taken to a hospital and unavailable to give his or her side of the story. Since attorneys handle many motorcycle accident claims, we conduct our own investigation of client cases and humanize accident victims to overcome these stereotypes. We invite you to contact us today at (817) 877-5201 for a free case evaluation.
Hampton Eppes Law Group
117 N. Main St.
Weatherford, Texas 76086