Were You Involved in an Accident on a Motorcycle?
Our Houston Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Fights on Your Behalf
Riding a motorcycle can be a great joy to millions of people’s lives every year. For some, this is a lifestyle and daily responsibility and for others, it is a passionate hobby. Unfortunately, no matter who is operating the motorcycle, they are putting themselves at great risk when taking to the roads. Motorcycle accidents present risks not present in other car accidents. Motorcycle operator’s bodies are exposed to the crash, unlike the automobile driver, and can be crushed between their motorcycle and the vehicle. The combined speed of the collision can be as much as 120 mph, which is enough to cause a person’s body to be virtually liquefied on the road.
In any event, motorcycle accidents often result in the loss of limb or the loss of life. If you or a loved one has been involved in any motorcycle accident, you may be left wondering what to do and if recovery is even possible. We at Tilton & Tilton Law Firm are here to help. We are the Houston motorcycle accident law firm that is experienced in navigating the recovery process with victims and their families to ensure that they receive the compensation that they deserve and protection that they need.
What Do I Need to Know About Motorcycle Insurance Companies?
One difficult piece of any type of vehicle collision has to do with dealing with the insurance companies—especially with motorcycles. We all know the insurance companies keep their own best interest in mind, but in motorcycle accidents, the insurance company can try to take advantage of the system by trying to close your case out as soon as possible. The insurance company will try to have you sign documents limiting your potential motorcycle accident settlement.
Another issue that victims can face with the insurance company is that they may take extensive periods of time to return information relating to your claim. This common tactic used by insurance companies will provoke a lapse in treatment. This lapse in your motorcycle treatment can negatively affect your claim, not to mention your health, when you try negotiating a settlement. When this happens, the insurance company will say that the injuries caused were treated improperly and not in a timely manner, and therefore must not be significant enough to secure a settlement.
The last major issue in speaking with your motorcycle insurance company involves liability. If the context surrounding your accident is even slightly uncertain, the opposing insurance company will attempt to deny part or all of your claims, saying that the motorcycle driver was the at-fault driver. We fully recommend speaking with your insurance company with the supervision of your experienced Houston motorcycle attorney to avoid mistakes. For instance, our firm would assist in opening the claim, making sure nothing is said to incorrectly imply that you are responsible for the accident.
What Are the Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle?
Over 5,000 people are killed annually in motorcycle accidents, and over 100,000 motorcyclists and their passengers are injured. The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is an automobile or truck driver’s failure to yield to the motorcyclist when they have the right of way, especially when the motor vehicle is making a left turn putting the vehicle in front of the oncoming motorcycle. Motorcycles may be difficult to see on the road due to their small size and irregular lighting, requiring other drivers to pay special attention to their driving and the road ahead of them.
Motorcycles are also more at risk when facing the dangers of their environment around them. Even if they are wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the motorcycle rider or their passenger will likely be severely injured or killed, when their motorcycle is hit by a car or truck. These types of injuries are catastrophic, including spinal cord injuries, like a broken neck or back, resulting in permanent paralysis from the neck down or from the waist down. The motorcyclist may also suffer broken bones from the impact.
Even if a motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, it is still possible for them to suffer a traumatic brain injury by the brain’s hitting against the inside of the skull within the helmet. Riders involved in accidents may also suffer severe friction burns by being dragged or tossed along the asphalt or pavement for any distance. No matter what the injury, if you are not at fault, then you should seek recovery from your losses.
Contact the Houston Motorcycle Accident Law Firm of Tilton & Tilton Today
Any motorcycle victims can receive compensation by themselves; unfortunately, many of these people will become a victim not only to the accident, but also to the insurance company when they take lower amounts than they deserve. Our firm will fight every step of the way to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries. At Tilton & Tilton LLP, you can be confident that an attorney will handle your personal injury case every step of the way. We will not pass your file to a caseworker or an associate; the lawyer who takes your case will work with you from beginning to end. We work this way so that every single case and each client receives the dedication and passion that they deserve. When you work with us, you work with a partner. To find out how we can help you, call our Houston offices at 713-489-2352 or fill out the contact below. We will review the information you send and reach out to you shortly to discuss your potential case.