Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Cedar Park, Texas
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Riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable pastime, but it can also be extremely dangerous due to motorcycles’ lack of stability and visibility. If you are in a closed-in motor vehicle, it is important to always share the road and look out for motorcyclists before changing lanes. If you are driving a motorcycle, always do so with caution, wear a helmet, and wear high visibility clothing. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, call our experienced Cedar Park motorcycle injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and do not provide their riders with the protection of enclosed vehicles. Therefore, when motorcyclists crash, the riders are more likely to be injured than the drivers or passengers of enclosed vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that, nationwide, 4,985 people died in motorcycle-related crashes in 2018. To combat these high number of deaths in the future, NHTSA urges motorcyclists to ride sober, use Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant motorcycle helmets, and wear reflective or high visibility clothing. Statistics on these nationwide deaths are as follows:
- 28% of motorcycle riders killed in 2017 were drunk
- 71% of motorcyclists wore DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets in 2018
- It is estimated that helmets saved the lives of 1,872 motorcyclists in 2017
- An estimated 749 lives could have been saved in 2017 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets,
- Only 26% of fatally injured motorcyclists were helmeted in states with no helmet laws.
Texas Department of Transportation reported 8,254 motorcycle fatalities and injuries in Texas in 2019. Of that number:
- 410 were fatalities,
- 4,593 were wearing a helmet,
- 3,130 were not wearing a helmet.
Of the 410 motorcycle fatalities in 2019:
- 394 were the drivers
- 16 were the passengers
- 207 were wearing a helmet
- 185 were not wearing a helmet
- It was unknown if the remaining 18 were wearing a helmet
It is important to always ride a motorcycle carefully. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, ride sober, and wear reflective clothing to help make yourself more visible to other drivers.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you will most likely suffer some kind of injury. These injuries may range from relatively minor to catastrophic. Some common injuries may include:
- Road rash
- Muscle damage
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Emotional trauma
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Always seek medical attention for any injuries and call a Zinda Law Group Cedar Park motorcycle attorney now to talk about your case.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know what to do immediately following the crash.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Always seek medical attention after any motor vehicle crash. Motorcycles do not provide the same protection in an accident that a closed-in vehicle does. Always seek immediate professional medical attention after an accident, no matter how minor you may think your injuries are. Remember, your adrenaline may be running high and mask a more serious injury, or the minor injuries you believe you have may be indicative of something more serious.
2. Contact Local Law Enforcement
Once you have contacted a medical professional, the next step is to contact the police. This allows law enforcement to review the scene and create an official accident report. This report may serve as helpful evidence in your Cedar Park motorcycle lawsuit by showing, for instance, that the other driver was at fault.
3. Document the Accident and Take Pictures
Once you are safe, thoroughly document the accident. Although you may believe you will remember all of the details of the accident at a later date, your memories may actually fade relatively quickly. Write down all of the details of the accident, no matter how small, and take pictures of the scene, including any injuries or property damage. You should also gather and maintain all important documents. Examples of these important documents include:
- The names and contact information of all other drivers
- The license plate numbers, and vehicle identification numbers, of any other vehicles involved in the accident
- The names and contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of the official police report
- A copy of any insurance policies
4. Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Finally, you should contact an attorney who has the knowledge and expertise necessary to represent you in motorcycle accidents. Your attorney may talk to you about your case and help you make decisions to protect your legal rights. Further, your attorney may help negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company and seek the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
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WHO IS AT FAULT?
To receive compensation for your injuries, you must determine who is at fault for the accident. Below are some examples of who may be at fault:
The Other Driver
The other driver may be responsible for the cause of the accident and any resulting injuries. For example, the other driver may have been driving recklessly, texting while driving, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. These kinds of distractions may lead to the other driver rear-ending a motorcyclist or sideswiping one due to failure to check for clearance before merging or changing lanes.
Government Agencies and Contractors
Sometimes, a local or state government may be responsible for maintaining a certain stretch of road, but fails to do so, or does so carelessly or negligently. If an accident occurs due to a government agency’s negligence, that agency may be responsible for any resulting injuries. Further, if the government hired a contractor, and the contractor’s negligence resulted in a crash, the contractor may be found responsible for the resulting injuries.
The Motorcycle Manufacturer
It may be that the motorcycle manufacturer itself is at fault. For example, if it can be proven that the manufacturer was negligent in producing the brakes for your motorcycle, and those brakes ultimately fail and result in a crash, the manufacturer may be held responsible.
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HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM?
The length of time you have to file a claim is called the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations varies from state to state and may be different for each type of lawsuit. The statute of limitations to file a claim for injury to yourself or your personal property in Texas is two years from the date of the accident. This means you must file a claim within two years, or you may not be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing the deadline.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be facing significant injuries and/or property damage. You may be facing medical bills, therapy costs, lost wages, or more. If you were the victim in the accident, these costs may be paid by the at-fault party. Potential compensation for your injuries include:
1. Economic Damages
Economic damages are costs that can be easily quantified and put into monetary value. Examples of economic damages may include medical bills, property damage, or lost wages.
2. Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are more subjective than economic damages. These damages may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, or loss of consortium.
3. Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are the last type of compensation you may receive, although they are rarely awarded. Punitive damages are given to the victim to punish the reckless driver and deter future conduct from other drivers.
Zinda Law Group Cedar Park accident attorneys may help get you the compensation you deserve. Our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you deal with insurance companies and negotiate on your behalf.
GET HELP FROM ONE OF OUR CEDAR PARK MOTORCYCLE INJURY LAWYERS TODAY
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should have an experienced attorney by your side to help guide you through the legal process with your Cedar Park motorcycle accident lawsuit. Zinda Law Group attorneys have years of experience in motorcycle accidents and may help you seek the maximum compensation available for your injuries.
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