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Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Niles Sneed

Niles and his Team were Houston's #1 Motorcycle Injury and Accident Lawyers for 2020 and 2019. There's only one choice you want the best.

If you are a motorcyclist and were hit by a negligent driver, call motorcycle accident attorney Niles Sneed today. Niles has extensive experience helping riders secure full compensation after being hit cars or trucks in Houston, Texas. Motorists have a legal duty to operate their car and commercial trucks in a safe manner and to understand the many traffic laws protecting riders.

On average, one motorcyclist dies every day on Texas roads. In 2019, 412 motorcyclists were killed in Texas, and more than 1,800 riders were seriously injured. We represent the riders and their families struck by vehicles and commercial trucks on our roads.  

Unfortunately for bikers in Houston and across Texas, careless passenger vehicles and commercial trucks and 18 Wheelers often fail to take reasonable and required precautions towards people on motorcycles.

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Texas Motorcycle Accidents Happen With Frightening Frequency

The six-month period from May through October of 2019 was the deadliest for motorcycle riders and accounted for 61 percent of motorcycle fatalities.

 

Safety experts say that crashes between motorcyclists and drivers often occur when drivers make left turns in front of an oncoming motorcyclist, misjudging the distance and speed of the motorcycle. Last year, 30 percent of Texas motorcycle fatalities occurred in an intersection or were intersection-related.

 

The highest numbers of fatal motorcycle crashes last year occurred in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Lubbock and Odessa.

Why Bikers Choose Niles Sneed

  • Niles wins hard-fought cases for riders every month of the year. 

  • He and his team dedicated motorcycle injury lawyers are undefeated in the courtroom and 99% successful overall. 

  • He are committed to motorcyclists and doesn't let insurance companies blame riders in accidents. 

  • We’ve gained a reputation in Houston and across Texas for our passionate commitment to our client’s success. 

  • He knows the many laws protecting riders and understand maneuvers such as lane-splitting, high speed breaking, and traffic gestures. 

  • We do it all. Our personal injury law firm handles every aspect of your recovery, from bike repairs to crash investigations and civil trials. 

  • Niles Sneed takes on the risk. We don’t charge motorcyclists to represent them. By taking on 100% of the financial risk in a contingency fee model, our clients are able to focus on what matters - healing. So you will not pay any legal fees until we win your case.

Common Injuries Motorcyclists Experience

The Types of Motorcycle Accident We Help With

Most life-threatening and debilitating injuries experienced by bikers occur when the front of the motorcycle sustains in the initial impact. Some of the more common injuries suffered by motorcycle riders:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the NHTSA, 15% percent of helmeted and 21% percent of un-helmeted motorcycle riders suffer concussions, brain contusions, brain stem injuries, penetrating brain injuries, and other types of traumatic brain trauma. When motorcyclists die as the result of a traffic collision, around 54% percent of these riders also suffered a TBI in the accident.

  • Spinal cord injuries. A forceful spinal cord injury as the result of a motorcycle collision can cause the rider to suffer paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia), causing permanent disability for the victim.

  • Lower-extremity injuries. A NHTSA study found that riders suffer lower-extremity injuries more frequently than any other type of injury. These injuries include fractures, dislocations, sprains, muscle overuse, bone bruise, meniscus tears, ACL tears, or similar. 

  • Shoulder and rotator cuff tears. Being struck by a car, or reaching for the ground after being hit cause rider to sustain damage to their shoulder joint. Orthopedics first attempt non-surgical repair, but surgery is sometimes necessitated when a ligiment suffers in Grade 3, or "complete tear."

  • Internal injuries. Blunt force trauma experienced in motorcycle accidents often cause organ damage and internal bleeding when someone hard or sharp hits the body. These injuries require complex and costly medical treatment, along with extensive rehabilitation treatment. 

  • Bone Breaks and Fractures. When motorcycle crashes happen quickly, the riders legs and wrist often suffer fractures when hitting the vehicle or the ground. 

  • Road rash. This skin injury is caused when a rider makes contact with the road surface. The severity of the road rash ranges from mild to serious and is highly susceptible to infections and permanent scarring.

  • Eye injuries: Eye injury and vision loss injuries are common in serious motorcycle accidents and includes eyelid lacerations, corneal injuries, iris injuries, orbital fractures, and optical nerve damage. Most eye injuries result in headaches and blurred vision, whether temporary or permanent, and always alter the rider's life. 

  • Crush Injuries: One of the most traumatic injuries bikers suffer in accidents in a crush injury. A crush injury occurs when a part of the body in crushed between two option. The victim can experience internal and external bleeding, tissue death, compartment syndrome, and limb loss. 

  • Amputations: The force of a motorcycle crash can throw a rider from his or her bike with enough force to shatter a limb beyond the point of surgical repair. Surgical amputation is sometimes the only remedy within the emergency room to save the victim's life. 

Motorcycle Attorney Niles Sneed and his team of attorneys have successfully handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases on behalf of riders throughout the state of Texas. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation, so that we can inform you of your legal rights and options of compensation. 

 

We’ve helped in all kinds of motorcycle accidents, including those involving: 

 

  • Adventure or Dual Sport

  • Choppers

  • Cruisers

  • Dirt Bikes

  • Moped

  • Off-road

  • Scooters

  • Sport Bikes

  • Sport Touring

  • Touring

 

Call us a Sneed|Mitchell LLP of 866-434-0014 or contact us online to discuss your concerns. Speak with an experienced

 

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Insurance Companies Try To Blame The Rider and Lowball Settlements

Insurance companies make massive profits by NOT blaming you for the injuries you suffered in the motorcycle accident. Whether you were involved in a car accident or truck accident, insurance adjusters are trained to view you as the aggressor and negligent party. Do NOT allow this to happen. 

 

At Sneed|Mitchell LLP, our member motorcycle accident lawyers have been fighting insurance adjuster and large insurance companies on behalf of our fellow riders for decades. We can help you with:

  • Medical bills - The impact of unexpected and high medical bills to riders and their families can be really devastating and stressful. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers check your bills for “double billing” and negotiate each medical debt for you. 

  • Property damage - We ensure the damages to your motorcycle are attributed to the other driver's insurance company and that your damaged bike is repaired or replaced at market value. The property claim also includes replacement your helmet, helmet, protective equipment, cell phone, cameras, and other personal property.

  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity - You are entitled to any reduction in income or inability to work after being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Let us calculate your financial impact and fight to recoup your economic losses. 

  • Loss of enjoyment - This legal term includes the impact of a person’s ability to perform certain hobbies, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, and social activities. 

  • Loss of consortium - Texas law a spouse to recover for a loss of companionship and intimacy, and family members to recover for a loss of support and love caused by a motorcycle traffic accident. 

  • Pain and suffering - Riders suffer emotional distress after being involved in traffic accidents. Whether temporary, or chronic by way or a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we are ready to help. 

  • Punitive damages - Also called “exemplary damages” are awarded as a penalty for the at-fault driver’s unsafe and negligent actions. In Texas, punitive damages cannot exceed the greater of $200,000, or twice the amount of economic damages up to $750,000. Punitive damages are usually obtained in situations involving commercial motor vehicles

With Niles Sneed and his team, you never ride alone. Our experienced, aggressive motorcycle accident lawyers in Texas have helped hundreds of injured riders secure millions of dollars for their losses and damages. We are the attorneys that help motorcyclist clients throughout Harris Country and do it on a contingency fee basis, which means you aren’t charged any costs until we recover. 

And our consultations are always FREE!

Texas Motorcycle Injury Statistics

In 2019, 412 motorcyclists died during Texas motorcycle crashes. Another 1,800 suffered serious injury. According to the Executive Director of TxDot, “The six-month period from May through October is the deadliest for motorcycle riders and accounted for 61 percent of motorcycle fatalities in Texas last year. That’s why we are urging drivers to Look Twice for Motorcycles-there’s a life riding on it.” In the same year, 92% of motorcycle drivers killed in accidents drove touring bikes with engine sizes greater than 1,400 cc.

Safety experts report that automobile-motorcycle accidents occur most frequently when a driver takes a left turn in front of an oncoming cyclist. Drivers misjudge the speed and distance of the motorcycle and cause an accident. During the past year, 30% of Texas motorcycle fatalities either took place in an intersection or occurred because of an intersection.

 

How Do Attorneys Deal With Insurance Adjusters?

An injured rider should always hire an attorney with experience handling injury and accident claims. Proper preparation is the best protection against adjusters. For example, in severe injury cases, top-rated injury attorneys:

 

  • Find witnesses and interview them about what they saw

  • Obtain certified copies of the official crash report

  • Save, collect, and review all medical bills and records

  • Interview  treating physicians when appropriate

  • Retain experts capable of explaining liability and damages to the court

  • Handle any health insurance subrogation or hospital liens placed on their clients.

What is Comparative Negligence? How Does it Impact Texas Motorcycle Accident Cases?

Whether the traffic collision involved a car accident, passenger, pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclist, the Texas law of modified comparative negligence applies. In accordance with this legal doctrine, victims can collect damages from a personal injury case so long as they are less than 51% at fault for their accident. The award is then reduced by a percentage equal to the claimant’s responsibility. For example, a claimant who suffered $100,000 in damages but found 20% at fault will only receive an award of $80,000.

 

In the case of motorcycle accidents, comparative fault may prove particularly relevant if the rider did not wear a helmet, depending on the injury. For example, if the rider suffered a broken leg during the motorcycle accident helmet usage will not be relevant. 

 

However, in the case of head injuries insurance companies may attempt to argue that the lack of a helmet contributed to the rider’s injury and that the injured biker is therefore partially at fault. 

 

While the lack of a helmet may influence some motorcycle accident cases, Texas does not legally require riders over age 21  to wear a helmet so long as they 1) complete a training course and 2) carry adequate medical insurance.

 

All riders should discuss the specifics of their case with a lawyer to determine the potential impact of helmet usage. In general, if a helmet would not have prevented or lessened the severity of the injury, helmet usage is not relevant to a motorcycle injury case.

Is Lane Splitting Illegal In Texas?

Our attorneys and motorcycle advocates understand that lane splitting can be practiced safely, and that at times it can help riders avoid getting rear-ended by motor vehicles. However, Texas does not currently have any statutes which protects motorcyclists using lane splitting as a riding technique.

 

Lane splitting is not explicitly illegal in Texas. On the other hand, there is no state-wide statute explicitly stating the legality of the technique, either. Many lawmakers hope to pass some sort of legislation in the upcoming 2021 legislative session. 

 

Until then, however, follow these lane-splitting safety tips set forward by a recent study:

  • Only lane split when the surrounding traffic is moving at a speed less than 50 miles per hour (mph).

  • Do not travel more than 15 mph faster than the surrounding traffic.

  • Watch out for motorists attempting to change lanes.

  • Always use a motorcycle helmet. 

 

Researchers have noted that the greatest predictor of injury is the difference in speed between the motorcyclist and surrounding traffic, as opposed to speed alone. Additionally, the study concluded that careful lane-splitting was both reasonably safe and could prevent serious motorcyclist injuries caused by collisions. Indeed, data collected in the study revealed that lane-splitting motorcyclists were actually 8% less likely than non-lane-splitting counterparts to suffer head injuries in collisions, 10% less likely to suffer torso injuries, and almost 50% as likely to suffer fatal injuries.

Can Bikers Safely Share A Lane?

Yes; while traveling in the same direction, two motorcycles can safely share a lane riding side-by-side. Bikes configured in this manner are often referred to as riding “two abreast”. Motorcyclists on group rides often travel side-by-side. Furthermore, when all motorcyclists in the group ride side-by-side it is called “parade formation.”

Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents In Houston, Texas

Do I need a Houston Motorcycle Injury Lawyer?


Yes. A Motorcycle Injury Lawyer is required so that you obtain the money you deserve. Many attorneys don't understand the many rules driver's must follow when a motorcycle is in their sight, we do. In addition to this, insurance companies have teams of aggressive lawyers deploy tactics aimed at blaming the innocent motorcyclist. Our Motorcycle Injury Attorneys can guide you through the entire claims process.

Traffic accident involving riders require an attorney to:
  • Investigating the scene, roadway, and tire tread
  • Collect vital evidence, such as police reports and video surveillance
  • Make sure the adjuster, lawyer, mediator, or jury understands the rider's perspective
  • Negotiating for all past and future medical care
  • Fighting for you in court if settlement negeotiations fail
  • Negotiate and reduce the final medical bills and debts
Sneed|Mitchell LLP represents bikers in Houston, throughout Harris County, and nationally when struck by a negligent car or commercial vehicle such as a tractor trailor. Our attorneys are respected for our legal talent and will assist you, step-by-step, throughout the recovery process.




What is a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer?


A Motorcycle Injury Lawyer is a personal injury attorney experienced at winning for injured riders. Here at Sneed|Mitchell LLP, Niles Sneed and his team of attorneys have helped hundreds of injured riders secure millions of dollars. Niles represents clients in Texas and throughout the country on a contingency fee basis, which means you and your family owe us no upfront fees and pay us nothing until we secure compensation on your behalf.




What is the average cost of motorcycle accident injuries?


According to the NHTSA, medical treatment is on the major expenses associated with motorcycle-related accidents. For example, if a helmet-wearing cyclist suffers fatal injuries, the medical expenses still average out to about $14,000 per person. Alternatively, if the motorcycle rider did not have a helmet and sustained life-threatening injuries, the average cost is about $16,000 per person. Surprisingly, head injuries did not increase medical costs. For example, the average medical costs for victims without head injuries was $43,000 per person, while for victims with head injuries it was only $15,000 per person. However, stated average costs vary from state to state. Additionally, the costs associated with an individual injury may prove lower or higher than the average.




What damages can a motorcyclist recover against an at-fault driver?


If you reach a settlement for compensation with the insurance company and/or defendant related to a traffic accident, or if the court rules in your favor, you are entitled to the full range of damages under Texas Law, including:

  • Medical bills, both past and future
  • Bike repairs
  • Property damage including cameras, phones, and other equipment
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Any lost wages
  • Future lost earning potential
  • Lost or reduced enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship with your family
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Punitive damages (if applicable)




Does wearing a helmet help present serious injuries?


NHTSA, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, estimated that motorcycle helmets saved around 1,872 lives in 2017. Had all motorcyclists worn helmets, another 749 riders could have been saved. Experts estimate that helmets are 37% effective at preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders. For passengers, that number goes up to 41%. During 2019, 88% of all motorcyclists fatally injured in states with universal helmet laws were wearing a helmet. In states with no helmet laws, that number went down to 28%. In states where the helmet laws extended to only some riders, 41% of fatally wounded riders wore helmets. In addition, the NHTSA found that in 2017, helmet use could have saved almost $3.5 billion in economic costs and $21 billion in comprehensive costs. Economic costs include lost productivity, medical bills, legal fees, emergency medical services, insurance fees, property damage, workplace losses, and the costs of travel delays and congestion caused by the accident. Comprehensive costs combine the economic costs with the valuation placed on lost or diminished quality of life.




What is the average motorcycle accident settlement?


Here at Sneed|Mitchell LLP, our average motorcycle accident settlement for victims in Houston is $200,000. Victims and their families often receive compensation that exceeds $500,000, and some that are lower. The fact of the matter is, when determining the appropriate motorcycle injury settlement amount, there are a number of factors to consider. The settlement amount in a motorcycle accident case depends on the facts of your specific accident. This is why no two settlements are the same. Our attorneys look at three things: liability, damages, and the sources of applicable insurance coverage. If the other party or parties involved were distracted or engaged in negligent driving actions, you are entitled to a larger settlement for your motorcycle accident. Also, since Texas is a modified comparative liability state, a rider can still recover if the attorney shows the biker was less than 50% liable in causing the collision. Once we establish liability, our experienced attorneys evaluates the extent of your injuries and damages. Motorcycle victims recover compensation for your short and long-term harms impacts, which includes your medical bills, pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, and lost wages. The more damages you've obtained, the higher your settlement should be. It is always beneficial to discuss your claim with one of Houston's Best motorcycle accident attorneys before accepting any settlement offer, even when it seems adequate. Finally, even in cases of death or disabling injury, the settlement potential completely depends on how much insurance coverage is on the table. In Texas, around 80% of drivers carry aminmum liablity policy of $30,000 to pay for the harms and losses they cause. Also, motorcyclists often maintain Underinsured Motorist Coverage, which is an additional monetary sum accessible when the at-fault has insufficient insurance to compensation for your damages. The greatest way to begin learning your rights and recovery options is to discuss your motorcycle accident with an attorney experienced at helping injured bikers. Call Motorcycle Injury Attorney Niles Sneed today. Niles will hear your story and determine the best path forward.




What is the average motorcycle accident claim worth?


Here at Sneed|Mitchell LLP, our average motorcycle accident settlement for crashes in Houston is $200,000. Victims and their families often receive more compensation that exceeds $500,000, and some that are lower. The fact of the matter is, when determining the appropriate motorcycle injury settlement amount, there are a number of factors to consider. The settlement amount in a motorcycle accident case largely depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding your specific motorcycle accident. That is why it’s rare for two settlements to be identical. In setting a value for a motorcycle accident case, three things must be considered: liability, damages, and sources of recovery. If the other party or parties involved in the motorcycle accident were not careless, it will be difficult to prove you are entitled to a large (or any) settlement for your motorcycle accident. Also, since Texas is a comparative liability state, if you are found to be more than 50 percent responsible for causing the accident, you cannot recover anything from the other drivers. If liability can be established against the other driver or drivers, the next factor for evaluating a motorcycle accident settlement involves the extent of the injury, or damages. You can recover money to compensate you for all of your short- and long-term harms and losses, such as medical expenses, pain, physical impairment, and lost wages. The greater your harms and losses, the greater your expected settlement would be. It is very important to take the necessary steps to fully understand and evaluate these harms and losses before considering settling your motorcycle accident claim. Finally, even in motorcycle accident cases where the harms and losses are significant, including catastrophic injuries or death, settlement value will depend on how much insurance money or assets there are to go after. In Texas, most drivers are only required to carry $30,000 to pay for the harms and losses they cause. Also, most motorcyclists fail to carry adequate Underinsured Motorist Coverage, which can provide a source of recovery when a motorcyclist is hurt by a driver with insufficient insurance. So, it is possible your settlement will be limited because there simply are not deep enough pockets to pay for the damage done. Further, most people do not have enough personal assets to recover from, and Texas is very protective of people in this regard. The best way to begin learning about what you should expect for a motorcycle accident settlement is to discuss your specific case with a qualified lawyer, like the lawyers at Sneed|MItchell LLP.





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Experienced Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer

If you are a biker and were hit by negligent driver, call Motorcycle Accident Attorney Niles Sneed today. Niles has experience helping motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve after a car accident. Insurance companies have a legal duty to pay for the damages caused by the at-fault driver when they fail to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. 

 

Our law firm has probably taken more motorcycles cases to court than most Houston personal injury attorneys have even handled. There's no substitute for experience.

 

Call our Motorcycle Accident Team now at 713-800-6676 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation about your brain injury case. There are no attorney fees upfront to start work on your case, and you only pay us if we win compensation for you. Free virtual and telephone conferences are available 24/7, for your convenience.