Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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Motorcycles can be a fun and thrilling time for experienced riders. However, motorcycles are also inherently dangerous. Motorcycle accidents often carry serious consequences. In addition to the risk of sustaining serious physical injury, motorcycle accident victims are also at risk of dealing with real financial burdens. Fortunately, motorcycle accident victims have legal rights in cases where the accident was caused by another party.
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident and are interested in pursuing legal action, or to learn more about what legal rights may be available to you, call Zinda Law Group’s team of experienced Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers at (800) 863-5312 to receive a free case evaluation.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Motorcycles are very popular in the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are also very prevalent. Listed below are several important Texas statistics.
- In 2017, there were approximately 500 fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents. Of those fatalities, approximately 51% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
- In 2018, there were approximately 420 fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents. Of those fatalities, approximately 49% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
- In 2019, there were approximately 410 fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents. Of those fatalities, approximately 45% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
- In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that motorcyclists were 27 times more likelythan passenger car occupants to die in a car crash per vehicle mile traveled.
Learn More: Facts + Statistics: Motorcycle Crashes
COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CAUSES
Poor Road Conditions
Poor weather is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Slippery or icy roads are infamous for causing motor vehicle collisions. Motorcyclists are therefore well-advised to always check the forecast before hitting the open roads.
Drunk and intoxicated driving is another common cause of motorcycle accidents. Because a motorcycle is not as large or as noticeable as most vehicles, drunk drivers may fail to notice motorcyclists. Even when an intoxicated driver does notice a motorcycle, the driver’s impaired reaction time may cause a motorcycle accident.
Failure to Check Blind Spots
Motorists who fail to check their blind spot before turning or changing lanes put other drivers at risk of sustaining serious injury due to an accident. Because motorcycles are often less noticeable than other cars on the road, blind spot accidents are even more common for motorcyclists.
Lane-splitting, also known as “white lining,” involves a motorcyclist cutting between slower vehicles across lanes. This maneuver is not only extremely dangerous but is also prohibited by law. Motorcyclists who engage in lane splitting thus run the risk of being ticketed and being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
Unlike sedans, pickup trucks, and SUVs, motorcycles provide little protection to a driver. Therefore, the consequences of a motorcycle accident can be disastrous. Listed below are several common injuries.
Road rash involves severe and often permanent disfigurement of a person’s skin and underlying tissue. When a motorcycle accident occurs, the motorcyclist may be thrown from the motorcycle and skid on the harsh pavement. When this happens, the motorcyclist is at risk of suffering road rash.
Broken bones are also a common consequence of motorcycle accidents. Broken legs, arms, hips, and necks are common accidents involving motorcycles, especially when the motorcyclist is driving at a high rate of speed or not wearing proper safety equipment.
Concussions or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Permanent head injury is yet another common consequence of motorcycle accidents. Although wearing a helmet may help prevent some head injuries, there is always a risk that a motorcyclist will suffer a concussion or, even worse, traumatic brain injury.
Finally, death is an unfortunate yet common consequence of motorcycle accidents. If driving a motorcycle, be sure to wear all proper safety equipment (e.g., helmet) and practice safe and defensive driving.
Read More: Wrongful Death
HOW TO FILE A CLAIM FOR A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
1. Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The first step in filing a claim is to contact a Dallas attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents. Discussing the accident with the at-fault party or an insurance company before contacting an attorney may hurt the value and strength of your claim. Thus, contacting an attorney before making any important decisions may help protect your legal rights. As part of your initial consultation, the attorney may speak with you in person or over the phone to gather important information. For example, the attorney may want to know when the accident occurred, how the accident occurred, and what injuries you sustained. If necessary, the attorney may then initiate the formal process of filing a motorcycle accident claim.
Investigation is the second step in the claim filing process. This step may consist of your attorney collecting evidence to strengthen the credibility and value of your claim. For instance, your attorney may track down and interview witnesses, review traffic camera videos, and account for each of your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
3. Negotiation and Case Settlement
At some point during the claim filing process, the at-fault party or the at-fault party’s insurance company may try to settle your claim. During negotiation and settlement, your attorney may act on your behalf by negotiating with experienced claims adjusters. If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount, it may be necessary to litigate your claim in court. Should your claim go to trial, your attorney may advocate on your behalf in front of a judge and jury.
Victims of motorcycle accidents may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries if the accident was caused by another party. The types of compensation, otherwise known as “damages,” that may be awarded to a victim fall into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those which can be assigned a dollar figure and thus can be calculated. In motorcycle accident cases, economic damages that may be available to the victim include:
- Medical bills
- Pharmacy bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Lost income (present and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
Non-economic damages, in contrast, refer to intangible losses that cannot be calculated. Rather, non-economic damages are subjectively evaluated by the jury in a lawsuit. Types of non-economic damages which may be available in a motorcycle accident include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Punitive damages are a third type of compensation which may be awarded not to compensate the victim, but to punish the wrongdoer. Although very rare, punitive damages may be awarded to a motorcycle accident victim in cases where the at-fault party’s conduct was found to be especially reckless, malicious, or intentional.
Learn More: How to Calculate the Value of Case
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
Personal injury cases have time limits. A “statute of limitations” is the legal term for the time-limit with which a personal injury victim must initiate a lawsuit. If the victim fails to file a claim within the relevant statute of limitations, the victim may be barred from litigating the claim in court.
In Texas, there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including claims for motorcycle accidents. Therefore, a victim of a motorcycle victim must file a claim within two years of the date of the accident. For example, if the motorcycle accident and injuries occurred on August 1, 2020, the victim must file a claim before August 1, 2022.
Because the statute of limitations is a critical part of a personal injury lawsuit, victims would be well-advised to consider consulting with an experienced Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Discussing your case with a lawyer may help you understand the implications of the statute of limitations and may help ensure that your claim is filed in a proper and timely fashion.
WHY HIRE ZINDA LAW GROUP
Zinda’s team of motorcycle accident attorneys may fight on your behalf. In addition to years of experience representing victims, our firm may provide fierce and dedicated representation to help protect your rights following a car accident. Zinda Law Group attorneys may offer:
Excellent Client Service
Zinda Law Groups’ personal injury attorneys pride themselves in providing exemplary and unparalleled service to their clients. Throughout the entire representation, from the initial consultation up to the disposition of the case, our attorneys guide clients through the accident claim filing process.
A claim may only be as strong as the resources used to support it. Thankfully, Zinda Law Group has access to many resources that may be used to build a claim. Our offices have handled large and complex cases, conducted thorough interviews with the necessary parties, hired expert witnesses, and used state of the art technology.
Effectively communicating with insurance companies and claims adjusters is a major part of a car accident claim. Zinda Law Group’s attorneys have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and claims adjusters. Our team of attorneys may negotiate on your behalf to ensure that multi-million-dollar insurance providers do not take advantage of you.
Zinda Law Group’s attorneys also have years of experience litigating claims from beginning to end. Because we treat every case as if it is going to trial, we give your case the attention-to-detail it deserves.
Contact the experienced Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, our team is focused on protecting your rights.