Houston Motorcycle/Car Door Accident Attorneys
If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident due to a car door that opened right in front of you, contact Gibson Hill Personal Injury right now. You might be entitled to compensation from the other party for their negligent and careless actions. Many drivers will park their cars and fail to look for passing vehicles before opening their doors. A motorcyclist traveling in the next lane could collide with the door and suffer severe injuries. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
At Gibson Hill Personal Injury, our legal team has been representing accident victims since 2013. We know how difficult this time in your life has been. You might be unable to work and worry about the financial repercussions of an injury. If you can’t afford your medical treatment, you might wonder how you’re going to recover. Car door accidents are typically the fault of the person opening the door. If the driver failed to look first, you could hold them liable for the injuries they caused.
Call Gibson Hill Personal Injury for a free consultation at (713) 659-4000 to find out more about our legal services and how we can help you with your case.
Common Causes of Car Door Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists always face dangers whenever they take their bikes out on the road. They have to contend with vehicles much larger than theirs, distracted drivers, and outdoor elements. There isn’t much protection on the bike to prevent them from suffering injuries. Without an airbag or seatbelt, nothing keeps them on their bike when an accident occurs.
The most common causes of car door accidents include:
- Illegally parked car – Someone parking illegally at the end of a driveway or in a traffic lane might rush to get in and out so they don’t get a ticket. As a result, they forget to check for oncoming motorcyclists before opening the door.
- Failing to look – Drivers parking their car at the side of the road often won’t look in their rearview mirror or over their shoulder before opening their door. The motorcyclist might not have enough time to respond to the opened car door, resulting in a collision.
- Poor visibility – Adverse weather conditions, driving at night, and various other factors could lead to poor visibility. A motorist may not see a biker if it’s too dark or something is obstructing their view.
- Right-hand turns – Making a turn is dangerous for motorcyclists. As they’re turning, someone in a parked car on the adjacent street could open their door, not realizing a biker is about to cross their path.
Driver error or inattention is also a common cause of car door accidents involving motorcycles. Whether the other person who caused the crash was on their cell phone, under the influence of alcohol, or knowingly ignored traffic laws, they should be held accountable for their actions.
Injuries You Could Suffer In A Car Door Accident
You not only have to worry about crashing into someone’s open door but also avoiding accidents with other vehicles on the road. You could end up in an accident with another car if you swerve to avoid colliding with the door that just opened into your lane. Injuries can range from minor to severe, but most motorcyclists suffer injuries requiring extensive medical treatment.
The most common injuries caused in car door accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
- Loss of limb
- Permanent scarring, disability, or disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries or paralysis
- Broken bones
Unfortunately, some injuries never heal. You could be faced with a lifetime of pain and ongoing medical care to manage your symptoms. When that happens, the costs you incur could lead to financial ruin. Gibson Hill Personal Injury wants to ensure you’re not forced to pay for your own medical bills. It should be the responsibility of the reckless driver who wasn’t paying attention and opened their car door in your path.
Motorcycle Accidents Require Substantial Evidence
After a motorcycle accident, you should seek immediate medical treatment and hire an attorney to represent you in your case. While we’re handling the legal aspects of your case, your primary focus should be to attend your doctor’s appointments. We can request copies of your medical records, bills, and other associated documents to prove what happened and that you deserve financial compensation.
Insurance companies will often try to blame the injured motorcyclist for an open door accident. They might claim that you were speeding or weren’t paying attention to where you were going, and that’s how you got hurt. We can gather relevant evidence that proves the other person’s actions led to your injuries. Some evidence we might need to collect includes:
- Police reports
- Photos from the accident scene
- Video surveillance footage of the crash
- Eyewitness statements
- At-fault driver’s cell phone records, chemical test results, and other documentation
While we’re handling your case, we will pursue the maximum available compensation that covers your losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Bike repair costs
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Out of pocket expenses
Texas law requires all drivers to have auto insurance with minimum liability limits for bodily injury and property damage. These limits could cover the past and future losses you suffered from the accident. We will file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and negotiate for a settlement we believe is fair. If the insurance company refuses to settle for an adequate amount, we can file a lawsuit and take them to court.
Contact Gibson Hill Personal Injury Today
Our legal team will fight hard to protect your rights and interests. The other driver was responsible for your injuries and should face the consequences of their actions. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of the error they made. You can depend on Gibson Hill Personal Injury to stay by your side as we seek the maximum compensation you need and deserve.
We’ve been representing accident victims in Houston and around Texas for years and are ready to seek justice for you. Call us at (713) 659-4000 for a free consultation if you were hurt in a car door motorcycle accident. We work on contingency, which means there are no upfront fees or costs to receive quality legal representation. If we lose your case, you won’t have to pay.