If you have been injured in an accident and the other driver was at fault, you should contact a motorcycle injury attorney. Houston has dozens of motorcycle fatalities and injuries every year. Here are some of the most common questions that our Houston motorcycle accident attorneys are asked on a regular basis at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris.
What should I do if I’m injured in a motorcycle accident?
Seek immediate medical attention if you have been injured. Don’t sign anything and say as little as possible. Do NOT admit that the accident was your fault. You should consult with a motorcycle injury attorney in Houston before you talk to insurance companies or give any type of recorded statement. If you are able, take pictures of the location where the accident took place and any damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicle.
Are motorcycle helmets required in Houston?
No. Adults over 21 who carry at least $10,000 in health insurance benefits are not required to wear a helmet anywhere in Texas, as long as they have passed a required safety class. However, keep in mind that if you are injured in an accident and not wearing a helmet, it can reduce the amount of compensation that you could win in court.
What damages can I recover in a motorcycle injury claim?
In Texas you can receive compensation for past and future medical costs, lost earning capacity, pain, mental anguish, lost wages, disfigurement and impairment from injuries.
Who can be held at fault in a motorcycle accident?
The person that caused the accident can be held at fault, whether it was the driver of a car or truck, or the person driving the motorcycle. Remember, as a motorcycle operator, you are responsible for the safety of your passenger; if a passenger is injured in a motorcycle accident, they could sue you for damages. That’s why it’s always important to talk to a motorcycle injury attorney Houston.
How common are motorcycle accidents in Texas?
Motorcycle accidents are very common here. There were 496 motorcycle operators and passengers killed in crashes in 2016, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas DOT compiled almost 10,000 motorcycle injuries that same year. That is why you should have our motorcycle injury attorney Houston office on speed dial at 713-364-0723.
The law office of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris has more than 100 years’ worth of combined trial experience and has won more than $720 million in compensation for our clients. Contact us for a consultation about your case if you need a motorcycle injury attorney.