Helping the injured recover fair compensation
Motorcycle riding can be a fun and exhilarating experience, but for all the enjoyment, there are also serious risks involved. Because motorcycles offer riders little to no protection, riders often suffer serious injury in a motorcycle accident. Culpepper Law Firm can hold other negligent drivers accountable for your injuries and works diligently to help you recover compensation.
Texas motorcycle laws and accident statistics
Texas law does not require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but passengers under 21 must wear helmets. Owners of motorcycles must carry liability insurance, and have the minimum equipment on thier bike, such as headlights . Although Texas statutes have not definitively declared the practice of “lane splitting” illegal, lane splitting or operating a motorcycle between lanes is considered illegal by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDOT). Traffic enforcement officers can use their discretion when determining if a violation has occurred. According to TxDOT, in 2013, 460 motorcycle drivers died, and another 35 passengers died in Texas in motorcycle accidents. Compared with other traffic accidents, there are a proportionately high number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities in Texas.
Protecting your legal rights in a motorcycle accident case
In most motorcycle accidents, the driver of the other motor vehicle fails to see the motorcycle before it is too late to avoid the accident or until after impact. Lack of visibility is one of the most dangerous factors in riding a motorcycle. However, despite visibility issues, other drivers are still liable for causing accidents when they fail to see motorcycles. Motorcycle accident lawyers investigate the accident and may even consult with experts, such as accident reconstruction engineers, who can analyze the accident cause and help attorneys identify negligent parties.
There are many issues that motorcycle accident attorneys must overcome biker bias when handling a case. The general public has developed prejudices over the years where they saw bikers as rebels or risk-takers, and consequently lawyers must devise effective case strategies to counteract this false perception. Having an experienced attorney who is effective at proving fault and overcoming bias can help you win a personal injury case or obtain a fair settlement. For trusted legal help, Culpepper Law Firm is committed to taking an aggressive stance when necessary for recovering compensation that is rightfully yours. We have the know-how and experience that we bring to every case we handle. Contact us at (281) 494-1030, or online for a free consultation.