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Beaumont Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Fight for Riders’ Rights

Texas firm dedicated to winning fair compensation for personal injuries

Texas, with its open horizon and almost infinite miles of highway, is the perfect locale for motorcycle riding. Unfortunately, the perfect day for a ride can turn tragic, due to the negligence of others on the road. Texas has recently surpassed California as the state with the most motorcycle crashes. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, the skilled and determined attorneys at the Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont can provide the highly professional legal representation you need.

Experienced lawyers advise on common causes of motorcycle accidents

In some accidents, motorcyclists may have their share of fault, such as by disobeying traffic rules, riding in treacherous weather conditions or losing control due to poor skills or fatigue. However, there are many other circumstances in which someone else’s negligence is the primary cause of an accident. Among them:

  • Another driver’s failure to observe the motorcycle approaching
  • Another driver’s failure to yield right of way
  • Another driver’s unlawful attempt to pass while in the same lane
  • Another driver’s unsafe maneuver, such as a sudden lane change without signaling
  • Poor road maintenance
  • Foreign objects or animals on the road
  • Vehicle or part defects

In many of these situations, an injured motorcyclist has the right to file a lawsuit for damages against another driver, a manufacturer or an agency responsible for road maintenance. Even if the motorcyclists are partly to blame, they still may be able to recover partial damages for their injuries.

Understanding how Texas motorcycle laws can impact your right to damages

Motorcyclists in Texas must obey the same rules of the road as other drivers but they are also subject to these special restrictions:

  • Equipment — Motorcycles must meet state requirements for safety equipment, such as headlights and taillights. Having a running headlight during daytime, although not required, is important for improving your visibility to other vehicles.
  • Helmets — Texas law requires riders age 21 and older to wear helmets unless they complete a state-approved motorcycle operator training course or are covered by at least $10,000 in medical insurance. Helmets must meet U.S. Department of Transportation safety standards.
  • Passengers — A motorcycle can carry a passenger only if equipped with a permanent passenger seat. The helmet law applies equally to passengers.
  • Lane splitting — Texas does not allow lane splitting. If you split lanes and a car abruptly makes a lane change, cutting you off, you can expect that driver to accuse you of negligence.

Failure to comply with any of these restrictions can be a ground for finding a motorcyclist comparatively negligent, which can significantly reduce or even prevent recovery of money damages.

Recovering damages for the full array of motorcycle accident injuries

Because motorcycle riders are unshielded, they are in danger of significant injury even when collisions occur at a moderate speed. These include:

  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord trauma, including paralysis
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken and crushed bones
  • Severe skin lacerations and friction burns, a.k.a. “road rash”

Under Texas law, you have only two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit, so it’s important to retain a skilled and accomplished personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In the most disastrous type of accident — a fatal one — we can represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit to recover the deceased’s damages as well as compensation for their family’s loss of support or companionship.

Call an experienced Texas car accident attorney for a free consultation

The Bernsen Law Firm is conveniently located in downtown Beaumont. We take motorcyclist accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning that we only collect legal fees if your claim is successful. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 409-212-9994 or contact us online.

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