Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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Being involved in a motorcycle accident can often leave you with severe or life-changing injuries through no fault of your own. Without the added protection a car or standard vehicle provides, a motorcyclist is left especially vulnerable and prone to injury.
If another driver or person’s negligence led to your motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Medical bills, hospital stays, loss of wages, and motorcycle repair can be costly for the victim, not to mention the pain and suffering a motorcycle injury can cause.
Don’t get stuck paying the price for the negligence of another driver. The motorcycle injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have experience representing motorcycle accident victims and getting the compensation they deserve, and as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. Call us today at 800-863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with skilled Texas motorcycle accident lawyers.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors, but most often it is the negligence of another driver. When the driver of another vehicle does not pay attention or keep watch for motorcycles, they may change lanes unexpectedly or crash into a motorcyclist. Unfortunately, the limited protection of a motorcycle can leave the victim paying the price in such an accident.
Motorcycle accidents can also occur from other causes not involving a second driver. Motorcycle injuries can result from driving on hazardous roadways or debris. A motorcycle injury could even be traced back to a defective product or mechanical issue with the bike itself.
No matter the circumstances surrounding your injury, if you were harmed in a motorcycle accident by the negligence of another person or entity, Zinda Law Group can help seek maximum compensation on your behalf by filing a personal injury claim.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Riding a motorcycle can be a genuinely thrilling experience. However, riding a motorcycle doesn't come without its risks. It's no secret that motorcycles lack many of the safety features of other vehicles on the road. Some statistics you may want to keep in mind regarding motorcycle accidents nationwide include:
- In 2016, there were approximately 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities
- This is a fatality rate of approximately 61 per 100,000 registered motorcycles
- In 2015, there were approximately 88,000 injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents
- In 2017, 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities
- In 2015, approximately 54% of motorcyclists killed in accidents were at least 40 years old
- About 75% of all motorcycle accidents involve an accident between a motorcycle and at least one passenger vehicle
Why Hire a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
If you or a loved has been injured in a motorcycle accident, one of your first calls should be to an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Accident claims can be complex and confusing, and an attorney can help simplify the process in an effort to help you better understand what’s going on. Your attorney can help you better understand what options you may have, including the possibility of seeking compensation from the party who is determined to be at fault for the accident.
No two motorcycle accident claims are the same. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney may look at the specific facts of your case to help you determine your next steps. You do not have to face the burden of negotiating your injury claim alone. An attorney may negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf and seek maximum compensation for the injuries you sustained.
Making a Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may choose to seek compensation for your injuries. If this is the case, a few steps you may want to consider taking when filing a claim include:
1. Gather Evidence
When making a motorcycle accident claim, it is vital to understand the importance of evidence. Generally, the more impactful evidence a party has, the greater the chance of a successful outcome. Standard pieces of evidence include photographs, witness statements, medical reports, and repair shop receipts. Be sure to gather as much evidence as you can and keep it all organized in a central location.
2. Call Your Insurance Company
As soon as reasonably possible after the motorcycle accident, you should contact your insurance company to inform them of the accident. At this point, a claims adjuster may be appointed to your claim and may ask you a variety of questions to determine just how much your claim is worth. When speaking to the claims adjuster, it is essential to be mindful of what you say. The conversation is likely to be recorded, and the claims adjuster will try to minimize the seriousness of your accident.
3. Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
One of the most critical steps to take after a motorcycle accident is contacting an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney may help better explain to you your options and potential outcomes after looking at the specific facts of your case. An attorney may also speak to the insurance company on your behalf, allowing you to avoid any common negotiation pitfalls.
Who is at Fault?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident are considering seeking compensation for any injuries sustained or any damage to your motorcycle, one of the most important steps is determining fault. Fault can come from a variety of parties in such claims, so it is important to be aware of who you may be able to seek compensation. Some possible parties who may be deemed the responsible party includes:
- The driver of the vehicle who caused the accident
- The manufacturer of the motorcycle
- The repair shop that was responsible for inspecting and repairing the motorcycle
- The government entity responsible for the upkeep of the roadway
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is extremely important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, no matter how minor your injuries may appear. It is possible that injuries may appear minimal at the time of the accident but may become more serious as time passes. Medical professionals will likely be able to catch things that otherwise may be missed by the untrained eye. Common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
Although it may be impossible to prevent all motorcycle accidents, by preparing for such events, you may be able to minimize the injuries sustained if an accident does occur. One of the easiest ways to minimize injuries if a motorcycle accident occurs is to wear the necessary protective gear. This may include elbow and knee pads, gloves, helmets, chest protectors, thick jackets and pants, and heavy boots.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation
The amount of damages you may seek after a motorcycle accident varies not only from case to case but also from state to state. Courts and juries generally look to a variety of factors when determining just how much compensation is available. They may look to the severity of the injuries, property damage sustained, and who was the responsible party. Common areas of compensation in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Medical expenses – including physical therapy, cognitive therapy, ambulance fees, consultations, medical supplies, on-going treatments
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Legal Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)
When considering whether or not you want to file a motorcycle accident claim, you should be aware of the legal time limits that may affect your case. Every state has different time limits in which different claims may be filed, including motorcycle accident claims. These legal time limits are called a state’s “statute of limitations.”
The statute of limitations in some states may be as little as 1 year, while in others it may be as long as 6 years. For this reason, it is extremely important to get into contact with a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to determine how your state’s statute of limitations applies to the facts in your case. By filing outside of the statute of limitations you may prevent your case from ever being heard. Do not prevent yourself from seeking compensation by making such a simple mistake.
It is also important to be aware of the differences in claims when children are involved. If a child is involved, different rules may apply depending on the applicable state law. Generally, damages for children are available once the child reaches the age of 18. In such cases, the statute of limitations does not begin until that child reaches the age of 18.
How much does a lawyer charge after a motorcycle accident?
Many lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients will not owe any money upfront. Once the case has been settled, the lawyers will take their fee (usually a flat percentage) out of the settlement. If they are unable to win your case, you will not owe them anything.
How much do you get for pain and suffering in a motorcycle accident?
The calculation of pain and suffering in a motorcycle accident is not an exact science. In motorcycle accident cases, juries can use a variety of factors to evaluate just how much pain and suffering should be awarded depending on the severity of the case.
What is the average settlement for a motorcycle accident?
There are so many factors involved in the calculation of a motorcycle accident settlement that it is difficult to provide an exact number for an average settlement. However, it is important to be aware that settlements for more serious injuries will be higher than those for minor injuries.
Motorcycle Attorneys Who Are Here for You
If you were harmed in a motorcycle accident, our injury attorneys are here to help. We know the toll a motorcycle accident can bring, and we want to work with you to help make the situation right. While you focus on recovery, our team of motorcycle accident lawyers will be investigating your case, gathering evidence, and working to achieve the best possible outcome of your case. In fact, if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Call Zinda Law Group today for a free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers. Our staff is available by phone or chat 24/7 and ready to help with your case. Call 800-863-5312 to get started today. We look forward to seeking the justice you deserve.
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