There are few types of accidents more potentially devastating than those involving motorcycles. On January 13, 2014, ABC news affiliate KTRK-TV reported the death of a woman following a collision in southeast Houston. The accident occurred near Edgebrook, on the Gulf Freeway on-ramp. The woman was riding pillion on the bike, behind her boyfriend, when they slammed into a mini-van. She wasn’t wearing a helmet, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Houston motorcycle accident attorneys like the ones at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP have seen over and over the devastating consequences of failure to wear a helmet when driving or riding on a motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37% of motorcycle-related deaths could be avoided if people wore helmets. Texas law doesn’t make wearing a helmet compulsory, but you should know that if you are in an accident involving your motorcycle, and you’ve been riding unprotected, you may have difficulty getting compensation for your injuries. If this is the case, you should contact a Kirkendall Dwyer LLP Houston motorcycle accident attorney immediately.
Of course if you were using a helmet, this supports your claim and can be considered as part of the evidence against other parties who were involved in the accident. Insurance companies will find it considerably more difficult to deny your claim if your Houston motorcycle accident attorney can provide compelling evidence that you were wearing your helmet.
We encourage the use of helmets at all times, even if you’re just driving a short distance. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you can be assured of personal attention from the attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP. You can arrange a free consultation simply by calling 713-522-3529 today. We’ll handle your claim in a competent, compassionate manner, leaving you free to devote your energy and time to your physical and emotional recovery.