The Midland area of Texas is home to many motorcycles. Many motorcycles create opportunities for accidents to happen. And when accidents happen, lawsuits are not far behind. If you end up in an accident, you should never automatically assume you’re at fault, no matter the circumstances. Here are a few things our Midland-Odessa motorcycle accident attorneys have learned over the years.
Riders of Motorcycles in Midland are More Prone to Severe Injuries
A motorcycle accident can cause you severe, and even fatal, injuries. This is more so than accidents involving other kinds of vehicles. There are many reasons for this.
Motorcycles are not as steady as four-wheel vehicles. They require a more experienced touch. It’s easy to lose control of a motorcycle. It’s also easy for another vehicle or other situation to cause a motorcyclist to lose control of their vehicle.
Motorcycles Lack Size and Weight
When two cars hit each other lightly, the damage is negligible because the cars weigh so much and have so much protection. When a motorcycle hits something, or is hit by something, the lack of weight and size can make even the smallest tap a potential disaster.
Motorcycles are Hard to See
The smaller profile of motorcycles means they can easily disappear into the blind spots of other vehicles, especially large trucks. Other drivers often cannot keep track of them. Even when they do see them, these other drivers don’t know how close they should follow them, or if it’s okay to pass them.
Motorcycles Handle Road Obstacles Poorly
Everyday roads also represent a possible accident, especially to non-experienced riders. A pothole, construction site, debris, or anything else can cause a motorcycle accident, even for careful riders.
All of these things can lead to accidents. But notice that all of these things can lead to accidents that are not your fault. Even if you ride carefully, obey all the laws of the road, and generally do what you’re supposed to do, you can still find yourself severely injured.
Riders of Motorcycles in Midland Have the Right to Ride
Remember that as long as you’re obeying traffic laws, you have every right to the road as anyone else. Many accidents occur simply because other motorists don’t understand your rights. Many people also have a bias against motorcycles in general.
This kind of negative thinking can even affect the motorcyclists themselves. Drivers will often assume that any accident is the fault of the motorcyclist, and the motorcyclist may feel the same way. You should never forget that you have the right to ride. Other motorists should always treat you as they would anybody else on the road.
Other Motorists Are Often At Fault
In many cases, accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle often happen directly because of the misguided actions of the person in the other vehicle. For example, consider this scenario:
You signal, and then attempt to pass a vehicle in a passing line. The driver of the car doesn’t see you signal, and doesn’t see you attempt to pass. The driver of the other car then veers into you as it too attempts to switch lanes.
Even if the driver of the car notices you at the last minute and veers back to their original lane, that shock of impending collision can cause you to lose control and crash. So who is to blame?
In this case, the other motorist should have paid attention. However, you may feel as if you didn’t signal long enough or otherwise behaved in a way that made the accident seem as if it was your fault. It wasn’t your fault, and the insurance company of that negligent motorist should play a part in paying for your injuries. We’re here to fight for your rights to secure fair compensation.
Don’t Assume It’s Your Fault
Once again, remember that you should not immediately take blame for any accident. With all of these mitigating factors, it’s highly possible that you can receive the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, missed wages, and pain and suffering. Sometimes, even if you’re partially at fault, you can receive the damages you need.
In all cases, you should immediately take care of any injuries. Even if you have no obvious injuries or pains, you should see a physician. After seeing to your injuries, you should immediately contact the accident lawyers of the Doan Law Firm for a consultation.
When an accident occurs through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation. The Midland-Odessa personal injury lawyers at the Doan Law Firm can help you figure out what your next step should be.