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On Two Wheels in Traffic

Bicyclists and motorcyclists both face unique hazards in traffic. The most significant hazard that they face is the negligence of other drivers. Simply stated, some other drivers do not understand how traffic laws work, even though they have a valid license. The valid license means that they are fully expected to understand how those laws work, to obey them and to keep other drivers safe and, when they do not; they may be liable for being sued for negligence.

Injuries to Bicyclists

Bicyclists, even though people generally think of these vehicles as safer than motorcycles, are at a lot of risk in traffic. Even though bicycles do have to conform to the same traffic laws as any other vehicle, and while sometimes they also have special lanes and, as any experienced bicyclist will tell you, sometimes you have to ride out in traffic and that is dangerous.

Other motorists are required to respect your rights to the road when you’re on a bicycle. Some of the most common injuries that people end up getting into involving bicycles and cars are ones that occur when drivers fail to realize that there’s a bike on their right and they crowd the bicyclist out of the lane or run them over. Another common wreck occurs when vehicles run into bicycles from behind simply because of not paying attention. Either type of accident, and many others, are oftentimes the direct result of negligence. If you have been injured while rising your bicycle, you have to contact a personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.

Injuries to Motorcyclists

An experienced motorcyclist will let you know that, far more than any danger specific to being on a motorcycle, you’re more likely to be injured by another motorist in a car. There are a couple of things that tend to cause a lot of accidents involving vehicles and motorcycles. First, the small size of motorcycles tends to make them seem like they’re moving slower than is actually the case. Second, when drivers check for vehicles, they’re looking for cars, not for motorcycles. It’s been demonstrated over and over again that people can actually look directly at something and, if they’re not expecting to see it, their brain completely disregards it. Unfortunately, this gets plenty of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured.

If you’re in an accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle, be sure to talk to an attorney about the matter. It may not seem obvious to you, but an attorney, given the amount of experience they have dealing with these cases, may immediately identify negligence on the part of the motorist that struck you.

Not only do bicyclists and motorcyclists have every right to the road, they also have the right to seek damages if somebody’s negligence injures them. Don’t sit back and deal with the expenses caused to you by a negligent motorist on your own. Talk to an experienced injury attorney and they very well may be able to help you prepare a lawsuit that could win you damages for what you’ve been put through. Between medical expenses, pain and suffering and the loss of property, you may be owed a lot of money by a negligent driver.

The Law offices of Blaine Tucker provides FREE initial consultation for victims of bicycle and motorcycle accidents in the Houston and surrounding areas. Contact his office at 713-771-5453 today.

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Motorcycles and Negligent Drivers

Motorcyclists are in a great deal of danger when they’re out on the road. Contrary to popular belief, they handle well, are much more agile than a car in many situations and, if the rider wears appropriate safety gear, most motorcycle wrecks do not result in death. What kills motorcyclists is the negligence of other drivers.

Wrongful Death and Negligence of Car Drivers

There are two very common types of wrecks that motorcyclists should be aware of. The first is having a car turn left in front of them, causing the rider to either have to evade the vehicle by crashing their own or causing them to go over the hood of the turning vehicle, potentially killing them. The second type of wreck that motorcyclists tend to get in are ones that involve vehicles not yielding the right-of-way at stop signs or yield signs because the driver didn’t notice the motorcyclist. Either of these scenarios can easily be pinned on the negligence of the driver behind the wheel of the car.

Motorcyclists have as much right to the road as any car. You’ve probably seen the popular bumper stickers that say, “start seeing motorcycles”. Those bumper stickers are designed to remind drivers that they’re not just looking for cars when they pull out into traffic, make a left turn, merge into a right lane or take any other action that could easily crowd a motorcyclist they don’t see off of the road. Not seeing other drivers on the road can easily be construed as negligence. When you are behind the wheel of a car, you are expected to behave in a safe and reasonable fashion to other drivers on the road. Those other drivers include motorcyclists.

Getting hit by a vehicle while you’re on a motorcycle can easily kill you. If you’ve lost somebody in your family or if you have suffered injury because a driver was negligent, contact an attorney.

What Can an Attorney Do?

The first thing that an attorney can do is take a look at the circumstances of the wreck and see what happened. If you’re dealing with a skilled personal injury attorney, they’ve probably seen the same kind of wreck you’ve been involved in before. There are some classic motorcycle/car wrecks that attorneys tend to see over and over and, when they see certain characteristics of the accident represented in the reconstruction, they can sometimes lock right on to where the negligence was a factor.

If somebody hasn’t respected your rights on the road, don’t let them disrespect your rights in court, either. Get an attorney. The medical expenses you’ve suffered, loss of property, potential loss of wages, pain and suffering, impacts upon your quality of life and, if the situation is as bad as it could possibly be, the loss of somebody you love, are all reasons to seek compensation in court. Speak with a good Houston personal injury lawyer right away; there are limitations on how long you have to take action in one of these cases.

The Law Offices of Blaine A Tucker offers FREE consultations to victims of motorcycle accidents. Call us today at 713-771-5753

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