Are you the victim of a motorcycle accident, the family of someone affected, or the at-fault driver? Thousands of motorcycle incidents happen every day in Dallas and throughout the rest of Texas as well. As more and more riders flock to this two-wheeled option, either drawn towards it by the joy of riding in the open air or forging friendships in biker clubs, the crash rates are also climbing up at an alarming speed.
Even if, as a motorcycle rider, you mind your own business, wear your helmet, mind other motorcyclists follow all the rules, and drive safely, you can still become the victim of horrific accidents. Motorcycles, by their nature, are not as safe as cars because there are no airbags to soften the blow to your body.
Our professional Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers will help you get the rightful reimbursement for all the damage you sustained.
Things don’t get any better with all the car drivers and truckers either unaware or indifferent to the traffic rights of bikers in Dallas. Sometimes, a negligent driver on the road can make every civilized traffic participant a victim.
Bike crashes are not as uncommon as one would want them to be in Dallas, Texas and they can result in immense anguish and financial losses, sometimes they can cause fatal injury. However, you can and should seek monetary compensation for your pain and losses through a personal injury claim. There are many injury lawyers who can provide assistance in this case.
Motorcycle accidents can happen on the streets of Dallas due to a number of reasons. The blame for all the pain suffered can fall on either party depending on how the accident happened, however, in most cases, the motorcyclist is exempt from the fault. This is especially true if the other driver was violating a traffic rule that resulted in the accident.
The most common causes for motorcycle crashes include:
Distracted Driver: This is especially true for car drivers, although motorcyclists may also busy themselves elsewhere while driving. Texting behind the wheel is the most common form of distracted driving and can lead to accidents.
Driving Under Influence: Alcohol pairs well with several things but driving is not one of them. If a driver operates a vehicle while having more than the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration, then there won't be any doubts about who's at fault.
Sleep Deprivation: Some people hate waking up early in the morning more than others because they did not sleep well last night. This is especially true because of daylight saving times which have come under fire because of this sleep deprivation problem.
Violation of Traffic Laws: Traffic rules dictate some rights for motorcycles riders, however, many car drivers either don’t know those rights or simply don’t care. Thus, accidents can and do happen due to these violations and those of general rules as well.
Over-Speeding: This is again one of the most common reasons for automobile accidents on the road. In the case of over-speeding, the at-fault driver will be the one speeding beyond the legal limit, and this can happen both ways.
Technical Issues: Sometimes, one of the two parties fails to avoid a crash not due to an error on their part but because of a problem with the vehicle. Technical issues with automobiles are not unheard of, and if they do result in an accident, the manufacturer will be to blame.
Road Conditions: If the road was unsafe in a manner that made the accident either unavoidable or much more likely (or somehow worsened the blow), then the victim can sue the State of Texas for not offering safe roadways.
What victims of accidents involving motorcycles do immediately after such incidents will matter the most for their motorcycle accident claims. Accidents are sudden and traumatic, this is especially true for motorcycle crashes because the driver is not blanketed by any protection here except for a helmet.
Further complicating the problem is the fact that some drivers choose not to wear them – which is not a good idea at all. But if you’ve been in an accident, there’s no time for ‘ifs’ and ‘buts,’ you must gather yourself and act immediately.
The first thing you may want to do is to get your motorcycle to the side of the road if you can. Next, exchange information with the other driver, ask for their full name, driver’s license information, license plate number, insurance provider company, and so on. Just don’t discuss the fault or any settlement at this moment, and don’t apologize either (people do so just to be nice), because it can be taken as an admission of guilt.
If you’re severely injured, you may need help with all of this. Hopefully, some bystanders or a police officer may come to your aid and help you out with the whole mess. If the at-fault party flees the scene after the crash, an offense known as “hit-and-run,” then don’t try to chase after them because they may be dangerous.
You may also want to photograph everything, including your injuries, and ask for the contact information of any bystanders because they can become valuable eyewitnesses for your case. Next, seek medical attention as soon as possible, you only have 72 hours after an accident to show up before a doctor.
Keep track of your diagnosis, hold onto all of your medical expenses, and ask the doctor to write you notes for things such as you can't drive, or lift a certain amount of weight, and so on, these will help further solidify your claim. You must not let even a cent go unaccounted for because all of your bills and receipts will become important for securing compensation.
In Dallas, determining the financial compensation for motorcycle accidents is not as simple as most people fathom. The extent of damage and possible long-term effects following recovery can have a major impact. Motorcycle accident attorneys always bring into account all the economic and non-economic damages that a victim has suffered before filing a demand to insurance companies for compensation and looking for settlement.
As any biker lawyer can attest, economic damages are calculated by summing up all the bills and receipts for your damages. These include all the bills for medical care, property damage compensation, loss of income, and extra expenditures necessitated by the accident. Whereas the non-economic damages encompass all the emotional and physical hardships that the accident made you go through.
Motorcycle accident injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, herniation, fractures, internal organ damage, and lacerations are not easy to bear. Severe injuries may keep you from doing the stuff that you love resulting in a loss of joy in life. All of these come under the umbrella of non-economic damages, and they can earn you punitive damages.
Many injuries following motorcycle incidents can ruin your quality of life and cause a loss of enjoyment or material losses.
Usually, the matters can be settled with the insurance adjuster, however, if need be, personal injury attorneys can take things to a court of law for their client.
In most cases, since accidents are usually not very intense, you can expect compensation between $2,500 and $10,000 from health insurance coverage companies. However, the maximum compensation in severe cases may be much more than this, especially if they resulted in severe physical or emotional duress.
Motorcycle accidents can be very disturbing, both physically and mentally. The experienced vehicle accident attorneys, at the Glenn Law Firm, understand the challenges that accident victims face, and we are not only equipped to help clients as you proceed with demanding their legal rights from the insurance adjuster of the at-fault party but will also ensure that we provide complete counsel and guidance during this whole process.
Our goal is to help motorcycle accident victims and their family get a fair settlement that covers all of their loss encompassing everything from medical bills to mental stress.
Give us a call today, a representative in our law firm will book your consultation session, and then get started on your case!