As a motorcyclist, you cannot control how other people drive. Unfortunately, when drivers of larger vehicles drive carelessly, a victim’s life may be changed in just a few seconds. If you suffer any of the common injuries in motorcycle accidents because of a driver’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to recover damages. Bill Berenson is a skillful Fort Worth motorcycle accident lawyer who is ready to fight for all of the compensation that you deserve.
Motorcycle accidents can give rise to both minor and catastrophic injuries. One of the most common injuries arising from a motorcycle accident is road rash. Road rash can involve skin irritation and infection, but it can also involve surface nerve damage. Other common injuries include burns and broken bones. Riders may be able to minimize some of these injuries by wearing the appropriate protective gear, such as boots, gloves, leather jackets, leather pants, or helmets.
Common injuries in motorcycle accidents can also include more serious injuries that have lifelong effects. These can include amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and paralysis. Many of these injuries are disabling and necessitate long-term care. If you are thrown from a motorcycle during an accident, you may suffer thoracic spine injuries, as well as pain and tenderness in the back and neck. Similarly, traumatic brain injuries can have devastating effects on a victim’s life. A traumatic brain injury is caused by a serious blow to the head. Sometimes the signal between the brain and the spine is interrupted and disrupted, resulting in neurological complications.
On top of catastrophic injuries, the stress of dealing with these types of harm can result in emotional anguish and depression. Sometimes these emotional conditions require treatment too.
It can be difficult for other drivers to see a motorcyclist, since a motorcycle is smaller and quicker than a regular-sized passenger car. It is common for drivers trying to make left-hand turns to not notice a motorcyclist approaching. A driver may turn directly into a motorcyclist who is moving at a high speed. However, drivers have a duty to look out for vehicles of all sizes, including motorcycles.
To hold a driver accountable for injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, your injury attorney will most likely need to show the driver’s negligence. This means that they will need to prove that the driver owed a duty of care, and you were injured because the driver failed to use the appropriate care. They will need to prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. This simply means that your version of events is more plausible than the driver’s version.
Damages that your attorney may be able to recover may be economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are tangible damages, such as medical bills, replacement services, out-of-pocket costs, therapy, rehabilitation, and lost wages. Noneconomic damages are intangible damages that represent what a jury believes would naturally flow from the kinds of injuries that you suffered. They may include loss of enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and physical pain and suffering.
There is nothing to protect a motorcyclist against the force of a collision and the impact of the concrete. Although certain gear may be able to minimize some injuries, sometimes a motorcyclist is catastrophically injured or killed, while the driver of the other vehicle walks away unscathed. If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Fort Worth, you may be able to recover damages by bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Bill Berenson also represents riders in cities such as Dallas, Houston, Arlington, Addison, Irving, Richardson, San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock, and Frisco, as well as elsewhere in Tarrant, Dallas, Harris, Bexar, Collin, Denton, Hood, Lubbock, Parker, and Travis Counties. Contact us at 888-801-8585 or via our online form to set up a free consultation.
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