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The free­dom and exhil­a­ra­tion that comes with rid­ing on the open road is hard to match. Motor­cy­cle rid­ers thrive on this expe­ri­ence and as a result, motor­cy­cle rid­ing has grown in pop­u­lar­ity in recent times. Sadly, as the num­ber of rid­ers has increased so has the num­ber of acci­dents. Injuries that rid­ers incur in Austin motor­cy­cle acci­dents are often very severe as the rider lacks any sig­nif­i­cant bar­rier between them and the road. Auto­mo­biles have crum­ple zones, seat belts, walls, and a roof to pro­tect their occu­pants in crashes; motor­cy­clists do not share in this lux­ury. Typ­i­cally, all a cyclist has to pro­tect them in a crash is a reli­able hel­met and a set of leathers. The expe­ri­enced Austin motor­cy­cle acci­dent lawyers at Flo­res & Lopez, LLP., under­stand these key dif­fer­ences and can help you after your accident.

Acci­dent Frequency

How com­mon are motor­cy­cle acci­dents in the Austin and cen­tral Texas area? The answer may sur­prise you. Traf­fic records kept by the Texas Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion reveal that in 2009 alone, there were 9,015 statewide motor­cy­cle involved acci­dents. 5,445 of these crashes reported some­one involved hav­ing a “seri­ous injury” and requir­ing imme­di­ate med­ical atten­tion. Trag­i­cally, 449 peo­ple lost their lives in motor­cy­cle acci­dents that same year. These num­bers can be fright­en­ing to com­pre­hend. In the time after you expe­ri­ence a motor­cy­cle acci­dent, the com­pas­sion­ate Austin motor­cy­cle acci­dent lawyers at Flo­res & Lopez, LLP., are on your side each and every step of the way.

Injuries and Negligence

Acci­dents involv­ing motor­cy­cles have the poten­tial to cause seri­ous, long term injuries to rid­ers. Peo­ple in pas­sen­ger cars are gen­er­ally more pro­tected in these types of acci­dents and their injuries are typ­i­cally less severe. Exam­ples of some of the injuries rid­ers may face in an Austin motor­cy­cle acci­dent are:

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[li]Traumatic Brain Injuries [/li]
[li]Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries [/li]
[li]Broken and Frac­tured Limbs [/li]
[li]Burns [/li]
[li]Extensive Cuts and Bruises [/li]


In most cases, it is the neg­li­gence of another motor vehi­cle dri­ver that is the direct cau­sa­tion of a motor­cy­cle acci­dent. Motor­cy­cles are sig­nif­i­cantly smaller than tra­di­tional auto­mo­biles and can be harder for dri­vers to detect. Fail­ing to see a cyclist, how­ever, is by no means an accept­able defense and if found to be neg­li­gent the dri­ver can be ordered to pay com­pen­sa­tion to the victim(s) they have injured. Addi­tion­ally, a large num­ber of motor­cy­cle acci­dents occur in inter­sec­tions where the dri­ver of a car fails to yield the right of way to them. In this instance, a cyclist turn­ing right can be struck from the side and suf­fer immense injury.


Seek­ing Compensation

After you suf­fer injury in a motor­cy­cle acci­dent, you need knowl­edge­able lawyers on your side, each and every step of the way. You’ll want pro­gres­sive lawyers that aren’t afraid to go to trial and prove your case in court. You’ll want aggres­sive lawyers who stand by their clients to the very end. Many other firms rely on set­tling quickly, out of court, for low pay­outs. The expe­ri­enced Austin motor­cy­cle acci­dent lawyers at Flo­res & Lopez, LLP., have 15 years of exten­sive lit­i­ga­tion expe­ri­ence fight­ing for the jus­tice of our clients. We real­ize that seri­ous injuries demand seri­ous atten­tion and we are here for you.

Now is the time to eval­u­ate your case and deter­mine a com­pen­sa­tion fig­ure for your injury or loss. Con­tact the pro­fes­sional Austin motor­cy­cle acci­dent lawyers at Flo­res & Lopez, LLP., for a free no-hassle, no-obligation case review. Our help­ful, friendly lawyers are stand­ing by for you and are will­ing to take your case to court if needed. As always, if we don’t win your case then you won’t pay any fees.

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