As a motorcyclist in Texas, you likely know all of the potential dangers of a crash. After all, bikes are far smaller and lighter than passenger cars or commercial trucks. Even the best motorcycle driver may have difficulty escaping a particularly reckless or negligent driver. Some of the most common and devastating forms of motorcycle crashes are heavily linked to dangerous driving practices by car and truck operators.
Negligent drivers often cause crashes
The most common type of motorcycle crash is caused by car drivers who make a left turn directly in front of an oncoming motorcycle. These drivers may crash directly into the bike as they turn or force a motorcyclist to veer off dangerously in order to prevent a direct collision. Too many drivers, especially if they are distracted by mobile phones or other devices, fail to watch out for smaller motorcycles before turning.
Damages may be substantial
In another common motorcycle accident scenario, car drivers may suddenly change lanes and veer directly into the motorcycle beside them. The bike may have been in the driver’s blind spot, or the driver may simply have failed to look out for smaller vehicles. For a biker, the consequences of this type of negligence can be damaging and even deadly. Even well-protected motorcyclists wearing helmets and jackets may suffer severe broken bones, organ damage and traumatic brain injury.
The damages caused by a motorcycle collision may add up quickly, especially if you not only face escalating medical bills but are forced to spend time out of work, losing income and wages due to your injuries. If you were injured in a crash by a negligent driver, a personal injury lawyer may advise you about pursuing compensation for your losses.