Motorcycles are fun, compact and good on gas. They may also cause death to the rider, as in this accident.
It’s easy to commute inexpensively from one point to another when using a motorcycle. Certainly they handle well and go places that regular vehicles cannot. However, that same versatility is often the reason for the serious injury, or death, of a biker when hit by a car.
Consider an accident that involved an SUV heading south on the freeway, and a biker, heading north. The SUV went to make a left turn, and the biker had no place else to go. He hit the side of the SUV, and due to the force of the impact, the bike kept moving, slamming into another car, before coming to a stop on a side avenue. The biker was ejected onto the sidewalk, and pronounced dead at the scene.
From the evidence, it looks like failing to yield the right of way may have been an issue in this crash. However, further investigation is needed to determine if anything else was going on at the time of the accident. For instance, was the SUV driver texting while attempting to make a left hand turn? Driving under the influence? Driving while distracted? While any of these factors may have caused the collision, knowing that will not bring the man back, but it may be enough knowledge for the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
In accidents like this, even with a helmet, often the bodily injuries incurred are fatal, simply because the rider and/or passenger have no other protection, such as the frame of a car to protect them. Bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, a crushed pelvis, and amputations are common. If a biker survives, they may need medical care for the rest of their lives. They certainly are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation and drugs, if not their permanent medical care for the future.
In cases like this, the family needs to speak to competent Austin injury counsel, to find out what their legal rights are, and what to expect, should they file a wrongful death lawsuit. Never take the word of an insurance company for anything is someone you loved has been killed in a motorcycle crash. They only want to reduce or deny your claim and despite what they say about wanting to help you and your family, their real agenda is to minimize their losses. Stick to your guns and call an Austin injury lawyer for help.
Bobby Lee is an Austin personal injury lawyer for Lee, Gober and Reyna. If you need an Austin personal injury lawyer, contact an Austin personal injury attorney from Lee, Gober and Reyna. Visit RWLeelaw.com.