Riding motorcycles continues to be extremely popular, with many enthusiasts taking regular rides in the hill country. In addition there are those who use their motorcycles as their regular mode of transportation. Looking out for the safety of motorcyclists is extremely important. Here are some of the questions most commonly asked of motorcycle accident attorneys.
Q: I was sideswiped on the road by a car that didn’t see me, and I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Can I still file a personal injury claim?
A: Yes. The law is clear that you are not required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, as long as you are at least 18 years old. However, the answer to this question is far more complicated than that. The answer SHOULD be that not wearing a helmet will not affect your claim, but it is important to have a motorcycle accident attorney who can make clear to a jury that exercising your right not to wear a helmet should not negatively impact your claim. This is not always easy, and you need a lawyer who is experienced with motorcycle accident cases.
Q: What is the most common injury in motorcycle accidents?
A: Many minor motorcycle accidents result in leg and foot injuries, but the leading cause of fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents is head injuries. There is a lot of debate on the benefits of wearing a helmet, with some groups claiming that helmets can actually create more problems than they solve. On the other hand, most studies seem to show that wearing a helmet can significantly improve the chances of survival by lessening the likelihood and severity of head injuries. With that said, it is still important to understand that, in Texas, it is your right as an adult to choose not to wear a helmet while riding.
Q: How can I be as safe as possible while riding?
A: Using proper safety gear, including a DOT approved helmet and riding leathers goes a long way. It can also be a good idea to participate in rider safety programs. There are excellent resources to get connected with a rider safety program in your area. Many of these programs are inexpensive, and offer classes for every ability level from beginners who have never ridden before to experts who have been riding for years. The fact is, any opportunity to pick up tips or learn new techniques to stay safe in an activity that carries a certain inherent degree of danger is worthwhile.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer immediately to discuss your options. Handling a motorcycle accident claim is different from handling a car accident claim, partly due to the biases that some people have against motorcycles and motorcyclists. However, a motorcycle accident lawyer who is dedicated to protecting your rights will make sure that you are heard, and will fight hard to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the negligent party. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay them only if they succeed at recovering compensation for you, and generally offer FREE CASE EVALUATION. For more information, contact us today.Read Full
Four people from died after an 18 wheeler lost control, crossed the median and slammed head on into their pickup, Louisiana State Police said.
The 18-wheeler, marked with the company name Texas International Express, was traveling north about 5 miles north of Pearl River when its front left tire blew out, said Trooper Nick Manale, spokesman for State Police, U.S, lost control of the rig, and the tractor-trailer rumbled across the median and struck the southbound pickup nearly head-on, police said. After impact, the pickup and 18-wheeler slid off the highway, coming to a halt in the treeline on the west side of the interstate, Manale said.
Troopers specializing in vehicle inspection were brought in to determine whether the 18-wheeler had all of the required equipment and whether that equipment was properly installed, police said. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require an 18-wheeler driver to perform a pre-trip inspection and a end of the day report. A driver cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle until he has inspected his equipment including the tires for good working order.
§392.7 Equipment, inspection and use.
No commercial motor vehicle shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied that the following parts and accessories are in good working order, nor shall any driver fail to use or make use of such parts and accessories when and as needed:
He has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, on behalf of an elderly woman who was implanted with a recalled DePuy hip replacement system.
“For many seniors, what should have been newfound mobility has instead become less mobility because their hip replacements systems are defective,” says Attorneys .
DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, announced a worldwide recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System after reports indicated the systems were failing at a higher than expected rate. According to a study published by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had been implanted with a recalled device had to undergo revision surgery within five years.
The recalled ASR hip systems may loosen or dislocate after implantation, resulting in pain, fracture, swelling and less mobility in the patient. The ASR hip system utilizes a ball and socket component that moves against one another. Over time, the metal on metal contact may create metal debris, which could result in damage to the bone, soft tissue and nerves.
“It is troubling to think that over 90,000 people may have been implanted with defective, perhaps dangerous hip replacement systems. It raises the question whether these devices were properly vetted before they were put on the market. Further, did DePuy work fast enough to recall these products after knowing that they were resulting in revision surgeries, complications and pain?” questioned Attorney.Read Full