Drunk driving motorcycle crash

Motorcyclists are disproportionately affected by drunk driving accidents. According to Department of Transportation figures, 29% of all road traffic fatalities were caused by an accident involving a drunk driver, but drunk driving was attributed to 33%, or ⅓, of all motorcycle fatalities. 

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury and death in traffic-related accidents simply because they do not have the same safeguards that automobile drivers do. Motorists are able to rely on a variety of safety features, like airbags and seatbelts, when they are in a collision. Motorcyclists usually bear the brunt of a collision with an automobile because the opposing vehicle hits their bodies directly. Drunk driving endangers all drivers, but they are especially dangerous to motorcyclists. 

If you were riding your motorcycle and were injured in an accident with a drunk driver, contact the Austin motorcycle accident lawyer of Loewy Law Firm today at (512) 280-0800 for a free consultation about your possible compensation for your injuries.

The Dangers of Driving Intoxicated

Alcohol, drugs, and driving are a dangerous combination, but driving while intoxicated is, sadly, a common occurrence. In fact, alcohol is involved in a quarter of all traffic accidents. Impaired driving can lead to incredibly serious accidents that can result in life-altering injuries and death.

Here are some of the reasons why driving while intoxicated is dangerous to others, especially motorcyclists. 

Injuries Caused by Drunk Driving Accidents

Injuries caused by drunk driving accidents can be severe, especially for motorcyclists. Some of the common injuries that occur in traffic accidents that involved a drunk driver include: 

What to Do if You Are Hit by a Drunk Driver

Motorcycle riders are at a much greater risk of being hit by automobiles and being injured due to a lack of a safety framework. If you’re injured in a motorcycle crash with a drunk driver, these are the steps you need to take to build a case for compensation:

  1. Seek medical care. Call 911 or have a bystander call. Attend to your most serious injuries first, especially if you are losing blood. Don’t take off your helmet – it could save your life. Get evaluated by a medical professional immediately. 
  2. Document the accident. Take note of everything about the scene. Document your injuries, the location, the damage to your bike, damage to the vehicle that hit you, the make and model of the vehicle, and license plate numbers. Get any bystanders or eyewitnesses to give a statement about what happened, and make sure to ask for their contact information so that you can get in touch later. 
  3. Document your expenses. This includes your medical expenses, like surgeries, physical therapy, emergency services, etc., as well as property damage to your bike, towing services, and any repair costs. 
  4. File a police report. The responding police officer will likely take down details of the crash scene and make an initial identification of the at-fault party. Make sure to give the responding police officer as much information about the accident as you can. 
  5. Consult with an attorney. An attorney that specializes in motorcycle accidents is your best bet at getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries and for the property damage done to your bike. In the state of Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit against the driver who hit you is only two years, so talk with an attorney as soon as possible. 

Compensation for Your Drunk Driving Claim

If you are a motorcyclist and sustained injuries in a crash with a drunk driver, you could be entitled to recover damages for your injuries. Assessing the value of your claim may be challenging since your compensation should include non-monetary elements like pain and suffering, as well as reimbursement of medical costs.

The expert motorcycle accident lawyer at Loewy Law Firm has experience in these matters, and can accurately evaluate your past and future medical expenses, properly evaluate the non-monetary elements of your claim, and arrive at an amount of compensation that can provide you full and fair financial recovery for your misfortune.

How Loewy Law Firm Can Help

If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a drunk driver in Austin, TX, we’re here to help. Our team has the necessary knowledge and experience to help you thoroughly investigate the accident, identify the at-fault party, develop the facts, and put together a solid case for compensation that will hold up against scrutiny. Contact Loewy Law Firm today at (512) 280-0800 to get your free initial consultation and find out how we can help you.