Motorcycle Injury Accidents in Texas
Motorcycle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries. Those injuries can be relatively benign, such as scratches and bruises, but they can also be life-threatening and debilitating, such as spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. A common injury suffered in a motorcycle accident is road rash, which is usually fairly minor. But if someone who suffers a road rash does not get it medically treated in time, an infection can result. In this instance, as in every kind of personal injury litigation, it is critical that a victim get medical help so that their case does not suffer due to a failure to mitigate damages. For example, if a motorcycle accident victim with a road rash does not get medical attention, and the rash develops into a life-threatening infection, the party or parties that were responsible for the motorcycle wreck cannot be held liable for the infection. As a result, the victim will be responsible for paying any medical expenses that stem from treating that infection.
More serious injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents include bone fractures and broken bones. Because a motorcycle is not enclosed by a frame, passengers and riders are often ejected from the motorcycle and thrown to the ground. Such a collision often occurs with brute force, and broken legs, broken arms or bone fractures can result. These kinds of injuries, of course, call for immediate medical attention (and that attention will result in medical expenses), but a motorcyclist suffering from this injury might also incur financial losses because of a mobility loss that could keep them from being able to perform their job. By filing a Texas personal injury lawsuit, however, a motorcyclist injured in this manner can attempt to obtain fair restitution for any wages he or she may have lost.
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Motorcycle accident injuries can become even more severe, of course, and include traumatic brain injury, disfigurement, and spinal cord injury. Each of these can culminate in debilitating conditions that can last a lifetime, possibly even requiring medical care around the clock. Burn injuries, another potentially severe consequence of a motorcycle accident, can mean severe pain and suffering, as well as disfigurement, for a victim. Lifetime reminders of the ordeal can include scars on the back, neck, legs, hands, arms, or face. Other injuries can be just as devastating or worse, such as loss of limbs or a leg amputation or an arm amputation that can significantly diminish a victim’s quality of life. And all of these injuries can also lead to incredible mental distress. Victims can seek restitution through the means of a personal injury lawsuit, and that restitution can go a long way toward helping victims heal from their injuries and move on with their lives.
All passengers and riders younger than 21 years of age must, by Texas law, wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. Riders and passengers who are older than 21 have the option of wearing a helmet or not wearing one as long as they have either completed a Texas motorcycle rider training course or can provide proof that they have health insurance. There have been compelling arguments made for years both for and against mandating the use of a helmet for motorcyclists, but it is hard to argue with the safety benefits provided by helmets. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries, the two most potentially devastating injuries associated with motorcycle accidents, can be prevented if riders and passengers wear a helmet. Injuries such as these cannot only result in paralysis, they can also culminate in victims having to have constant medical attention after suffering debilitating, life-long injuries. And with these kinds of injuries come crushingly high medical bills. Victims of severe motorcycle accident injuries are arguably the victims who are most in need of experienced legal help; help that can get them the compensation they need in order to be able to pay the incredibly high medical costs associated with both spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.
After suffering an injury sustained in a motorcycle wreck, a victim, depending on the seriousness of the injury, might need medical assistance for a day, a week, a month, a year, for several years, or for the rest of his or her life. What goes along with that medical attention, of course, is a stack of medical bills and can range from hundreds of dollars to, as incredible as it sounds, millions of dollars. Therefore, an insurance carrier that is faced with having to pay potentially millions of dollars to an injury victim – even if that victim deserves that compensation – will fight extremely hard to defend its policy. If you do not have the experience of a motorcycle accident attorney on your side, you may shortchange yourself by accepting far less compensation than you are entitled to.