Houston Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Attorneys
Have you lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash? Find closure during this difficult time by letting our Texas wrongful death lawyers hold the at-fault party responsible for your loss.
Riding a motorcycle is a source of freedom and enjoyment for many who ride, but it can also come at a cost. Fatal motorcycle accidents are the ultimate price, and riders in Texas and across the nation pay it each and every day. However, this danger doesn't prevent over 8 million Americans from hitting the road on two and three-wheeled motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and other recreational motor-powered cycles.
Considering the sheer number of motorcyclists out there, accidents between motorized bikes and passenger vehicles are an unfortunate inevitability. In a majority of motorcycle accidents, the unprotected biker is injured to a more severe extent than the other vehicle's occupants. It's not uncommon for motorcyclists to be killed upon impact.
If someone you love has been killed in a motorcycle crash, our Houston personal injury lawyers can help you obtain compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other damages. We will fight aggressively for you and your family to secure the best possible outcome in your case.
We understand you may still be in shock and compensation is the last thing on your mind.
Let us help you and your family find closure during this difficult time.
Contact Neal Davis today for a free consultation.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 4,586 people died in fatal motorcycle crashes in 2014, a 2.3 percent reduction from the previous year. Despite this small improvement, motorcyclists are still 27 times more likely to be killed in a crash than occupants of a passenger vehicle per mile traveled.
Here are some other notable statistics regarding fatal motorcycle accidents based on the NHTSA's (PDF) 2014 report:
- Texas had the third-highest fatality rate in the country for motorcyclists, behind California and Florida.
- A majority (39 percent) of the motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes were not wearing helmets at the time of impact.
- 29 percent of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.07 percent. This percentage was higher than fatal car crashes or truck accidents involving drunk driving. Alcohol-induced motorcycle accidents were three times more likely to happen at night, and 42 percent of intoxicated motorcycle riders were between the ages of 35 and 39.
- Over half (54 percent) of motorcyclists killed in crashes were age 40 or over. The average age of motorcycle riders killed in crashes was 42.
- Speeding was a factor in a third (33 percent) of all fatal motorcycle crashes.
- Of the motorcycle fatalities that occurred in 2014, 28 percent of riders did not have a valid license.
- Riders of "super sports" motorcycles have driver fatality rates nearly four times higher than those for drivers of standards, cruisers, touring bikes and other types of motorcycles.
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Common Causes of Deadly Motorcycle Accidents
When a fatal motorcycle accident could have been avoided, it means negligence has occurred.
Negligence that results in wrongful death entitles the surviving spouse, children, parents or other next of kin to legal recourse for their loss. This is where a wrongful death attorney who specializes in fatal motorcycle accident cases can help.
Negligence commonly plays a role in fatal motorcycle accident cases in the form of:
Filing a Motorcycle Crash Wrongful Death Claim
When confronting the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one, grieving is probably the only thing on your mind. However, important decisions must made for your family's future and time is limited for holding the at-fault party or entity responsible for the death of your family member.
Under Texas law, next of kin have just 2 years to file a wrongful death claim, and during this time your attorney must gather evidence, reconstruct the accident, and prepare your case for trial.
By discussing your case with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible, you can help ensure you have the strongest possible case and focus on what's really important - helping your family heal. Houston fatal motorcycle accident attorney Neal Davis understands how devastating such a tragedy can be and is committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. Our No Fee Unless We Win Guarantee means you don't have to pay a penny unless we win. It's as simple as that. Talk to us today to see how we can help you and your family during this difficult time.