The Challenges Motorcyclists Face After a Collision in Austin

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Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable in collisions due to the lack of surrounding protection offered by a car. In 2020, 7,481 motorcycle accidents occurred in Austin. Out of which, 482 people lost their lives, and 1,856 people suffered severe injuries. 

Motorcycle accidents are on the rise in Austin, the capital of Texas. Motorcycle accidents significantly affect the quality of life of victims. 

They can get their lives back on track with the help of experienced Austin motorcycle accident attorneys.

These lawyers can help victims file a claim, negotiate with the insurance company, and obtain fair compensation for their losses.

As said, a motorcycle accident will have a great impact on the victim’s quality of life. A motorcycle accident victim will face the following challenges:

General challenges

  • Financial losses
  • Physical and emotional struggles

Case related challenges

  • Determining liability
  • Assessing damages
  • Lack of evidence
  • Motorcyclist bias

General challenges

Financial losses

The victim will obviously incur a lot of financial losses. Medical bills are the most common form of financial loss that any victim will face.

After the accident, they will have to spend money to repair the damage done to the motorcycle. 

There will be other losses, like lost wages and loss of earning capacity. All these losses will cripple the victim’s ability to enjoy life. 

Physical and emotional struggles

Motorcyclists don’t have a metal structure to protect them. Even with the safety gear, the injuries they suffer will be severe. The following are some injuries a motorcycle accident victim will sustain:

  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputations
  • Road rash

Along with the physical struggle, the victim will sustain emotional damage too. They may suffer the following emotional losses:

Usually, the emotional losses of an accident outweigh the financial losses.

Case related challenges

The victim may file a motorcycle accident claim to recover their losses, but in that too, they will face many challenges.

Determining liability

Establishing liability is the first step in any personal injury case. There is no case without a liable party. An average victim will not have the knowledge to determine or prove liability. They are not aware of the elements of personal injury law they need to prove.

This is a challenge that can be easily overcome with the help of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers.

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Assessing damages

To claim fair compensation, you need to know what is fair. It is impossible to claim fair compensation if you don’t know how much you have lost.

When calculating losses, you need to factor in both economic and non-economic losses. 

Inaccurate calculations will lead to inadequate compensation.

Lack of evidence

The victim bears the burden of proof in personal injury cases. It means the victim needs to prove their claim. So the motorcyclist should provide ample proof to prove their case.

This can be difficult, as they will be busy recovering from the accident. It is best to hire a lawyer to help collect evidence. A lack of evidence can lead to losing the case.

Motorcyclist bias

This is a real threat. People hate motorcyclists since they always associate motorcyclists with gangs. 

So, people always assume that the motorcyclist is at fault for accidents, even without knowing the facts.

Overcoming this challenge can be difficult. The victim must provide lots of evidence to prove that they were not at fault for the accident.

Final thoughts

All the aforementioned challenges can be overcome with the help of experienced motorcycle accident lawyers.  

These challenges are new to you, but they are part of a lawyer’s daily life. So, they know how to overcome these challenges. 

This is why it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as you receive medical care. Involving them at an earlier stage can boost the chances of getting fair compensation.

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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

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