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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.
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:
[li]Traumatic Brain Injuries [/li]
[li]Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries [/li]
[li]Broken and Fractured Limbs [/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.
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.