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Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Why Choose Willie D. Powells III if You Have Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists are unprotected and vulnerable to serious injuries in a crash. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers. If you have been hurt in a crash, our Houston motorcycle accident attorney, Willie D. Powells III, can assist you. Willie is different – not your average attorney. You are not just another number and we are always available to our clients by email, phone, or text.

Willie D. Powells III is a member of over 13 reputable legal associations, including the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, the American Institute of Trial Lawyers, and the National Black Lawyers Top 100. He was named a 2019 Power Lawyer in USA Today’s Lawyers of Distinction.

When it comes to fighting for your right to a fair and generous settlement, Willie D. Powells III goes the extra mile to achieve favorable compensation. He is patient and compassionate, understanding that accidents are traumatizing, especially those involving animals. Willie will put in the long hours needed to secure your case while setting your mind at ease so you can focus on your recovery. Motorcyclists can trust Willie D. Powells III to go after the highest compensations available to help pay for medical expenses, motorcycle repair, lost wages, and the acute suffering.

Willie D. Powells III has a history of securing favorable settlements for his clients and is awaiting your call. Call a Houston motorcycle accident attorney today at (713) 360-0062!

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Texas Motorcycle Laws You Need to Know

In Texas, all motorcycle riders and passengers under the age of 21 are required to wear helmets that meet the safety standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Riders over the age of 21 are not legally required to wear helmets if they have completed an approved motorcycle safety course or if they carry the appropriate health insurance coverage.

To legally operate a motorcycle in Texas, you must have a Class M motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement on your regular driver's license. To obtain a Class M license, you must pass a written test, a skills test, and a vision test. You may also be required to complete a motorcycle safety course.

Other important motorcycle regulations are:

  • Passengers on motorcycles must have a separate seat from the operator and footrests, unless the motorcycle is specifically designed to carry more than one person.
  • Lane splitting, which is the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, is illegal in Texas.
  • Operating a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Texas, with similar penalties to driving a car under the influence.

What Types of Compensation are Available for a Motorcycle Accident Case?

Damages in motorcycle accidents can be 4-12 times more expensive than with other types of vehicle crashes. They can include:

  • Medical bills – Costs for surgery, hospital stays, diagnostic testing, doctors’ visits, physical therapy and seeing a chiropractor may all be included, as well as future costs if your injuries are permanent. In many accidents involving a motorcycle and a car in Houston, the car strikes the motorcycle in the front. Head-on collisions can be deadly for motorcyclists.
  • Pain and suffering – As there is no established formula for calculating this area of damages, an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer can help to assess the proper compensation for your trauma during the accident and can seek the maximum amount in your favor.
  • Lost wages – If you are unable to work after your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for this within your claim. If you are prohibited from working permanently due to sustained injuries in the collision, your attorney can help calculate the total future losses of income.

How Do I Prove Fault by the Other Driver?

A good lawyer can help prove culpability of the other driver by being proactive. They will go out and gather their own evidence of your innocence, obtaining the following:

  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Surveillance footage
  • Photographs at the scene of the accident
  • Testimony from experts
  • Medical reports

Insurance companies may have a bias against motorcycle riders since these individuals have the potential to be severely injured in a crash, increasing the insurance company’s risk. This is why it’s so important to have a competent, board certified lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents representing you. Your attorney can hold distracted and negligent drivers responsible for their actions, and get you the settlement you deserve.

Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Distracted Drivers

Texas has banned the use of cell phones and other handheld devices while driving due to the huge amount of accidents caused by distracted driving. However, people still continue to use their phones despite evidence of the immense danger and steep fines.

Most people know nothing about motorcycle riding, and assume the biker was at fault in an accident due to ignorance. If you’ve been injured by a vehicle in a motorcycle accident, legal consultation with Willie D. Powells III can help to determine the best path forward and get you the compensation you deserve. When it comes to distracted driving cases, it’s never clear cut, so a trained and experienced lawyer is invaluable.

Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Wildlife

The FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) reports that there are around 300,000 animal-related collisions per year. It may be possible to determine the animal’s owner, who could be held responsible for the injuries and damage that occurred. If the animal is wild and a vehicle swerved to avoid it and hit you in the process, you may be entitled to compensation from that other driver. 

When an animal suddenly darts out in front of a vehicle or motorcycle, it’s normal to swerve in order to avoid a collision. If the animal is large enough, it’s normal to assume that it can result in significant damage and serious injuries. Swerving can lead to collisions, however, and it may not be clear-cut who is to blame.

The law views crashes with wild animals differently than it does those with domestic animals. If a crash happens as a result of a squirrel, deer, raccoon or bear, the driver who swerved and hit your motorcycle may be held responsible.

How Does Comparative Negligence Affect Motorcycle Accident Cases in Texas?

During an accident, multiple parties may be at fault. Some states have a “pure contributory negligence” rule, under which you cannot recoup damages if you bear even the smallest fraction of responsibility for the crash. Fortunately, Texas does not have this rule. Instead, it has a rule, comparative negligence, that measures your responsibility in proportion to others’ culpability. Texas has another rule that says if a driver was 51% or more to blame for the accident, they cannot recover damages.

What Are Some Injuries Common to Motorcycle Accidents in Houston?

Common motorcycle injuries include:

  • Road rash (nerve and skin damage)
  • Fractured bones (especially of the face)
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis

Many people do not understand the extent of road rash (severe abrasions), and do not seek proper medical treatment, which may result in permanent nerve damage. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Houston, you need help. With the assistance of an experienced Houston motorcycle accident attorney, your claim or lawsuit can be handled professionally, and the maximum compensation pursued.

Contact us today for your free consultation.

How Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?

A motorcycle accident in Houston can occur in any number of ways. Common causes of accidents include:

  • Cars making left-hand turns: This dangerous traffic situation accounts for a large percentage of two-vehicle motorcycle accidents. A car frequently strikes a motorcycle when it is going straight through an intersection and the car is turning left. One explanation is that drivers simply fail to register the motorcycle in the roadway.
  • Head-on collisions: In many accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, the car strikes the motorcycle in the front. Head-on collisions can be deadly for motorcyclists.
  • Speeding: NHTSA reports that 33% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2016 were speeding.
  • Road hazards: Motorcycles are smaller, lighter, and less stable than passenger vehicles. Road hazards such as uneven pavement, potholes, and dead animals in the road can have disastrous consequences for riders.
  • Alcohol: Of the motorcycle traffic fatalities in 2016, 25% (1,259) had a BAC of .08 or higher, and 33% of the motorcyclists killed in Texas crashes in 2016 had a BAC of .08 or higher.

Why Do Motorcyclists Have a Higher Rate of Injury than Other Motorists?

  • A motorcyclist lacks the protection of an enclosed vehicle, including safety features such as seat belts and airbags.
  • Motorcycles are smaller, lighter, and less stable than passenger vehicles and more seriously affected by road hazards.
  • Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than passenger vehicles and drivers, failing to see them in the road, fail to yield the right-of-way.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were 491 motorcycle fatalities in Texas in 2017, as compared to 495 in 2016. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in the most recent year for which statistics are available:

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.
  • An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured
  • Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities and 4% of all people injured
  • 94% (4,684) of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents were riders and 6% (292) were passengers.
  • The fatality rate per registered vehicle for motorcyclists was 57.85 and the injury rate was 1,028

Motorcycle Fatalities in the 40 and Older Age Group

NHTSA reports that in the 10-year period from 2007 to 2016, motorcycle fatalities increased by 2%. The 40 and older age group accounted for 49% of motorcyclist fatalities in 2007 as compared to 54% in 2016. Motorcycle traffic deaths among people age 40 and older increased by 12% from 2,545 in 2007 to 2,841 in 2016, and the average age of people killed in motorcycle accidents increased from 39 to 43.

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  • What should I do right after a motorcycle accident in Houston, TX?

    The steps to take following a motorcycle accident in Houston are as follows:

    • Check for injuries: First and foremost, check for injuries. If you or a passenger has been hurt, call 911. Some injuries, such as closed head injuries, are not immediately evident but could be fatal if left untreated.
    • Take photos: Once the scene is secured and you are not in harm’s way, take pictures. Documenting the accident scene can help your claim or lawsuit.
    • Gather information: Get the contact and insurance information from every party involved in the accident, and from eyewitnesses, if possible.
    • File a police report: A police report is an essential piece of evidence to support a claim or lawsuit. Answer all of the officer’s questions to the best of your ability. Obtain a copy of the police report as possible. The law enforcement officer can inform you when the report will be available to you.
  • My loved one passed away in a motorcycle accident, can I file a wrongful death claim?

    If your loved one has died as the result of another’s negligence in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to bring a wrongful death claim. Although nothing can bring your loved one back, Willie Powells can help you seek justice and full compensation for your loss. If you wish to learn more, contact us today and schedule a meeting with arguably the best motorcycle accident lawyer Houston has to offer.

  • How can one avoid a motorcycle accident?

    Motorcycle riders must be extremely vigilant. Even if you follow the rules of the road and stay alert, other drivers may fail to see you. Some of the most common motorcycle accidents are the result of the following:

    • Not being aware of cars making left turns: Many motor vehicle drivers fail to see a motorcyclist before making a left turn. You must stay alert for drivers making a sudden turn in front of you.
    • Speeding: Speed is a component of a third of fatal crashes.
    • Driving in bad weather: Avoid riding in bad weather such as rain and extreme winds. If you cannot avoid inclement weather, make sure you have taken the proper safety courses and pack rain gear.
    • Rear impacts: A vehicle operator may not see you stopped ahead, hitting a motorcycle from behind at a stop sign or stoplight. Watch your rearview mirror and make yourself more visible with motions if a car appears to be advancing too fast.
    • Ride as if no one can see you: It is always better to be safe than sorry. The majority of motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist. Stay out of blind spots and always assume that another motorist cannot see you.