The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that in 2022, motorcycle accidents caused injuries to 2422 people and the deaths of 562 motorcyclists.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are 24 times more likely to sustain severe accident injuries than car passengers.
If you get injured in a motorcycle accident, you might have questions about your rights as a passenger.
This blog post will provide you with important information you should be aware of in the event of an accident.
Texas Laws For Motorcycles with Passengers
If you want to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle in Texas, there are certain laws you need to be aware of. These include:
- The diver should hold a Class M license.
- Completing a motorcycle safety class. You must pass a written and driving test to obtain your Class M license.
- Being five years old and above to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle.
- Wear a helmet if you are below 21 years of age.
- Having a permanent passenger seat to accommodate passengers safely.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries due to the lack of protection compared to other vehicles. Some common injuries that motorcycle passengers may experience include:
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis.
- Fractures and broken bones.
- Road rash and severe abrasions.
- Internal injuries, such as organ damage.
- Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any injuries as a motorcycle passenger. A delay in getting the care you need can impact a settlement.
Motorcycle Passenger Rights in a Multi-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident
Riding motorcycles brings unique fun and also dangers in Houston. Different parties may be responsible for your injuries in a multi-vehicle motorcycle accident, including:
The Driver of the Vehicle
If the driver of the vehicle involved in the motorcycle accident is at fault, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages. The driver’s negligence, such as distracted driving or failure to yield, can be grounds for a personal injury claim.
In some cases, the motorcyclist may be partially or entirely at fault for the accident. However, as a passenger, you are generally not responsible for the motorcyclist’s actions. You may still be eligible for compensation if the motorcyclist’s negligence caused the accident.
A Product Manufacturer
If a defective motorcycle part or equipment contributed to the accident and your injuries, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. It’s important to consult with an attorney to determine the potential liability of a product manufacturer.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, taking specific steps to protect your health and legal claim is crucial. Some recommended actions to consider include:
- Seeking Medical Attention: Your well-being is the top priority. Seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t have visible injuries. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but could worsen over time.
- Documenting the Accident: If possible, gather evidence at the accident scene, such as photos, witness statements, and the contact information of the parties involved.
- Reporting the Accident: Contact law enforcement and report the accident. A police report can provide valuable documentation for your case.
- Notifying Your Insurance Company: Promptly inform your insurance company about the accident. However, avoid giving detailed statements until you have consulted with an attorney.
- Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer: Speaking with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer helps you understand your rights and navigate the legal process.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident as a passenger, seeking legal representation to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation is essential. Contact your lawyer today for a consultation and take the first step towards obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact Baumgartner Law Firm for Help With a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim
6711 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX, 77069