Lewisville Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Get Legal Help After a Motorcycle Crash
For every mile that they drive, motorcyclists are about 21 times more likely to lose their lives in an accident than a person in a car. They are about four times more likely to be injured. Motorcycle riders do not have the protection that is provided by a car. Even though they may be extremely attentive to the road and the vehicles around them, other drivers may not pay as close attention to them. If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Lewisville or you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash, we can help.
We encourage you to contact us online or call us at (214) 333-9393 to schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated Lewisville accident attorney.
Types of Motorcycle Injuries
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, lower extremity injuries are most commonly sustained in motorcycle crashes, followed by upper extremity and head injuries. Lower extremity injuries involve damage to the foot, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip and pelvis.
Here are a couple of the more common injuries a motorcyclist might suffer when a crash occurs:
- Road rash: Appropriately named, road rash is skin irritation due to a rider skidding on the pavement after falling off her motorcycle. While this injury may look like a typical rash or rug burn, it can also lead to nerve damage in severe cases.
- Fractured leg/knee bones: When a rider falls off his motorcycle during a crash, his legs are often the first body part to make contact with the pavement. This leaves them vulnerable to the brunt of the impact, often resulting in broken or shattered bones.
Texas Motorcycle Laws
Whether you’ve recently been in a motorcycle accident or are just brushing up on your knowledge, you should be aware of the motorcycle laws in your state. In Texas, you can always consult the Texas Department of Safety Motorcycle Operator’s Manual with any motorcycle safety law questions.
As for the motorcycle itself, it must have the following equipment: wheel assembly, exhaust system, tail lamp, stop lamp, license plate lamp, rear red reflector, head lamp, vehicle identification number, horn, mirror, steering, brakes, and tires.
Helmets are required unless you are 21 years or older, and have either completed an approved Motorcycle Operator Training Course or are covered with at least $10,000 in medical insurance.
Passengers on a motorcycle must be at least five years old, must be riding on a permanent passenger seat, and must be wearing a helmet if under 21 years of age.
Your most important safety gear is a helmet. Wearing a motorcycle helmet can and will save your life. Helmets prevent serious head injuries like concussions, bleeding in the brain, and skull fractures. Brain injuries continue to be among the most mysterious and challenging injuries for physicians to treat. Thus, preventing one is in your best interest.
In addition to a helmet, you’ll want to consider wearing gloves, pants, a jacket, boots, and sunglasses or a tinted visor. Although the cost of these items can add up, it’s important to factor them into your budget: they should be considered an essential part of the motorcycle riding experience. Jackets and pants can protect you from road rash, bone fractures, and even organ damage.
If something appears to go wrong with your motorcycle, causing you to lose control and crash, you may have experienced a defect.
Motor vehicle defects and recalls are among the most common consumer product issues. Motorcycle manufacturers are required to report any recall to owners. The manufacturer is then required to fix the defect at no cost to the owner. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident and were not informed of a defect or recall, the manufacturer might be at fault.
You can keep up with motor vehicle safety recalls on your own via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s monthly safety issues & recall list. This list will detail the make and model of the affected vehicles, and describe the defect.
Attorney Dina Steele Understands the Needs of Motorcycle Riders
We are a law firm that really understands the needs of motorcycle riders. "I own and drive a motorcycle. When I have the time, I love to go out on the open road and just ride. I know firsthand the hazards that motorcyclists face on these crowded streets and highways. On more than one occasion, I have had to carefully avoid negligent drivers. I understand the carelessness that can lead to severe injuries."
— Lead attorney Dina Steele
At our law office, we provide all of our clients with the one-on-one attention they deserve. When you choose us to handle your motorcycle accident case, we will be there when you need us, ready to listen to you. We will take the time to learn about your needs, and then we will build your case specifically for you, designing it to do what you want it to do.
We are aggressive when it comes to seeing that your needs are met. We will not hesitate to shift gears from skillful settlement negotiation to a battle in the courtroom if that is what it takes to get the results that are right for you.
Steele Law, P.C., is available to handle personal injury and wrongful death cases for people in Dallas, Forth Worth, and the surrounding areas of Texas, including those in Plano, Carrollton, Lewisville, and Grapevine. Contact an experienced Lewisville accident lawyer at (214) 333-9393 to schedule a free consultation.