Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
Motorcycles accidents in Texas are way too common. Even a good, experienced rider can be injured in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents have the potential to leave you, or a loved one, with expensive medical bills, emotional and physical pain, lost wages and life altering injuries. At Allbee Law Firm, we provide free, confidential consultations so that you can know your legal rights and develop a strategy that will help you maximize the compensation you deserve.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN TEXAS?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you might be worried about how you’re going to pay for medical bills, the time you’ve missed for work—particularly if your injuries are causing you to miss work. Hiring a qualified motorcycle personal injury lawyer can allow you to get the compensation you deserve, so that you can recover without added financial stress. Here are few important steps that you should that will help you several steps you can take to assist in the preparation of your motorcycle claim after an accident.
1. CALL 911
First and foremost, you need to call 9-1-1. Police officers will be able to create an accident report that documents how your motorcycle accident happened and who was at fault. The accident report will also include information such as the other driver’s auto insurance policy, some of the other driver’s contact information, and if there were other factors that contribute to your motorcycle accident. The accident report will be a very valuable tool in proving your case to the at fault driver’s insurance adjuster and potentially a jury.
Calling 911 right away will also make sure that an ambulance will arrive right away to help treat your injuries. It’s still a good idea to get your injuries checked out soon after the accident even if your injuries aren’t life threatening or severe.
2. GATHER INFORMATION
Smart phones make it much easier to gather evidence and document your motorcycle accident. If you’re able, try to take pictures of the scene and all vehicles involved. Some people focus on taking pictures of the damage to their motorcycle, but only tells part of the story.
Don’t hesitate to ask a witness or person in the area to take pictures if your injuries prevent you from doing so. You can also return to the scene later if it’s not safe or possible for you to take pictures of the scene. Make sure that you also take pictures of your injuries.
It’s also helpful if you can take a picture of the other driver’s license and insurance card. This will allow us to set up your motorcycle accident injury claim right away instead of waiting 3-5 business days to get the information from the accident report.
Memories fade over time, so it’s often a good idea to write down or document the facts of your motorcycle accident. Witnesses will also be helpful with remembering the facts of your case, so be sure to get the name and contact information for any witnesses.
3. HIRE AN EXPERIENCED MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
Last, but not least, you should call a motorcycle accident attorney who has a proven track record of helping motorcycle accident victims. We will take the information you gathered and start building your case. Our goal is to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to your motorcycle, and any other harm you incur.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SETTLE A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE IN TEXAS?
Each motorcycle accident case is unique, so it’s impossible to set an exact time frame for how long it will take for you to be compensated, but here are a few things that can narrow in the time frame a bit.
First off, it’s unlikely that we will resolve your case until we know the full extent of your injuries. It would be foolish to settle your case for $100,000 and then find out that you require multiple medical procedures that will cost $200,000. For this reason, your case typically won’t be settled while you’re in therapy.
Once your medical treatment is done, we will send a copy of your medical bills and records to the insurance company and start negotiating. Things will typically move along much quicker if the other driver admits that they caused the motorcycle accident and cooperates with their insurance company. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for many cases to reach a resolution. However, sometimes factors such as needing prior medical history, insurance adjusters going on vacation, etc. can slow things down.
If the insurance company provides a fair settlement offer, you’ll likely receive your settlement check within a week or two of reaching the agreement. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement amount, then we will need to sue the at fault driver. Lawsuits can take several months to a few years to reach a resolution. Our goal is to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve as soon as possible.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SETTLEMENT FOR A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE IN TEXAS?
There isn’t a magical motorcycle accident settlement calculator. The amount you receive will depend on the harm you incur. For example, a person who has a $100 bill from an urgent care facility and no noticeable injuries will receive quite a bit less than a person who has $50,000 in medical bills and will require several months of therapy to become healthy.
Factors such as whether you have lost wages, are unable to return to work, have scarring, and the amount of insurance coverage that exists will also impact the amount of your settlement.
WHAT IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR A TEXAS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
It’s extremely important for you to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident. Texas laws require you to file your motorcycle accident lawsuit by a specific deadline. This deadline is known as a Statute of Limitations. In Texas, the deadline to file a motorcycle accident against another person is two years. The statute of limitations can increase to four years if the case is against your own insurance carrier. Things can get a bit tricky, so your best option is to discuss your case with a motorcycle accident attorney so that you can be certain of which Statute of Limitations applies.
WHAT CAUSES A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
If you ride a motorcycle, it doesn’t take long to realize that many, many drivers don’t watch for motorcycles. Many drivers are distracted by their phones or they just aren’t looking for something smaller than a car. Driver inattention is a big problem for bikers.
Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Drivers who don’t check blind spots
- Texting and driving
- Opening car doors without looking for oncoming traffic
- Bad road conditions
- Drunk drivers
- Debris in the road
COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
Because motorcycles don’t have seatbelts, air bags, doors, etc., motorcyclists often have serious or catastrophic injuries. Motorcycle riders also run the risk of having more injuries because it’s not uncommon for there to be two impacts (the initial impact and the impact when landing on the ground.) Some of the most common motorcycle injuries include:
- Road rash
- Arm Fractures
- Leg fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord damage
EXPERIENCED TEXAS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident in Texas, you need to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyers at Allbee Law Firm have successfully handled many motorcycle accident cases in Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and other areas in Texas. We are very aware of the physical, emotion, and financial harm that can be caused by a motorcycle accident, which is why we will be very aggressive when it comes to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Having strong legal representation can make or break your case, and with the professionalism and preparedness of our team on your side, you’ll know you’re in good hands. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.