If you need to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Grapevine, contact David Glenn. He's been helping injured people for nearly 40 years and can answer your questions and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Motorcyclists face, on average, a highly inflated risk of injury on the road. Not only do motorcycles lack adequate protection such as a metallic frame or airbags for absorbing the blow but also, most motorcycle riders choose not to wear their helmets on the road.
While it is not a legal requirement to wear helmets and another motorcycle rider protective gear in Texas, it is is still highly recommended considering just how bad motorcycle accidents can be. The odds of sustaining catastrophic injuries are high enough to frighten anyone.
If you or someone you know has been involved in such a motorcycle crash, you should not delay seeking justice since the personal injury laws in Texas put a two-year limit, according to the statute of limitations on for how long you have till you can sue the other party for the damages.
And yes, since Texas is an at-fault insurance state, you can sue the liable party for the damages they incurred upon you through their negligence.
Get in touch with the Glenn Law Firm today if you've been wronged and we'll fight for justice together!
There can be no generalizations when it comes to sustaining accident injuries because the exact details of each case vary and thus so does the damage. The only thing we can confirm is that motorcycle crashes can be disastrous.
While in most cases, the injuries are not severe, at least not life-threatening, just a little road rash, fracture, bruises, lacerations, and so on – this does not necessarily mean that the odds of sustaining heavy damage are any lower than what most people believe.
Of course, delays in getting proper medical treatment can further complicate things.
We’ll repeat ourselves here and say that motorcyclists have to contend with an elevated risk of sustaining severe injuries, even fatal injuries while riding their bikes. A single impact can scar them for the rest of their lives. The riders can sustain serious injuries like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, internal organ injury, amputations, paralysis, and whatnot.
In some cases, the nature of the damage may transform the trauma into permanent injuries.
It is important to understand the nature and degree of damage because the intensity of your injuries will affect the settlement sum. Moreover, if such motorcycle accident claims go to trial (severe cases), the liable parties might have to pay punitive damages as well for gross negligence.
Also, don't delay seeking medical attention when disaster strikes.
The foremost detail you need to figure out to get your case anywhere is a liability. The whole premise of Texas at-fault insurance laws for personal injury cases is based on identifying the negligent party and then seeking compensation/settlement for your losses.
But how can you prove that the other party was indeed at fault?
Well, let’s start with the basics here: you need to establish that the accident happened because the other driver acted recklessly. The crash wouldn’t have happened otherwise or may have been avoidable if they had shown a little care, but alas, this was not the case.
In some cases, establishing negligence is not hard. For instance, if the negligent driver violated a traffic law when the accident happened (or leading to it), then you’ll have a much better chance at securing a fair payout for your losses.
Your lawyer will scrutinize the case details and try to dig up facts about whether the driver was engaged in some sort of activity that can be linked with the accident, such as:
And so on…
If it turns out that the other driver was indeed engaged in such an activity, then your chances of winning a settlement will increase. Your lawyer might be able to prove so through surveillance footage, accident site inspection, input from an accident recreation expert, phone records (for distracted driving, i.e. texting while driving), and so on.
Just be sure to not discuss the fault at the site of the accident, and even avoid saying anything that might be twisted and then used against you. Don’t apologize for anything, not even for being nice, it will compromise the case.
Your motorcycle injury lawyer should be the first person you discuss your case with after the accident has happened.
Just a PS, even if you are partly at fault for an accident, but less than 50%, you will reserve your right to compensation but the sum will be slashed according to your share in the blame. But keep your lips sealed until you talk to a team of experienced lawyers first.
Your case can progress one of the following ways: either the negligent party concedes, which they’ll have to if there is ample evidence proving their negligence, or they don’t. In either case, you will be able to forward your compensation claim, but it will be easier in the former case.
Mostly, personal injury attorney cases are settled outside the courts because it is simpler this way and both parties can usually reach an agreement about the amount. Of course, if you engage in settlement negotiations and feel like things are going nowhere, you can always pull out and file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you settle via negotiations with the insurance company, then you’ll have to be careful about what you say in front of the negligent party’s insurance provider. Having your lawyer with you will improve your odds at getting fair compensation – remember the insurance adjuster is not on your side but your lawyer is.
Avoid saying anything that might undermine your position, or better yet, allow your lawyer to do the talking for you.
In the case of a lawsuit, there is still room for one-on-one negotiations, but you’ll have to prepare for trial. Your lawyer will gather all the evidence, prepare the witnesses, seek out expert witnesses if necessary, and go through the details with you so that you know what to say and how.
Remember, your phrasing will be very important.
Thus there are two ways to get compensated: negotiations and lawsuits. While neither of these guarantees success, but if a lawyer is invested in getting you a fair settlement, your odds at securing one will be definitely higher than otherwise.
If you’re wondering whether or not you can contribute to the success of these endeavors then the answer is a definite yes! Yes, you can indeed do a great deal to ensure that your personal injury attorney gets a head start with your case.
Your duties start from the moment the accident happens, you’ll have to muster up the vestiges of your strength to get up and do a couple of things, if possible. Of course, this does not apply to every situation, but if you can do so, it would be great.
Here’s what you need to do:
At the Glenn Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients through such rough times. Our motorcycle accident attorneys boast years of combined experience and have dealt with all sorts of accident cases including motorcycle crashes.
Here’s what we bring to the table:
We live by these rules of ours and they have served us and our clients very well so far, call us today for a free consultation session, no obligations whatsoever!