Being in a motorcycle accident can be very dangerous. Because a motorcyclist does not have seatbelts and airbags to protect them during an accident, they could suffer serious injuries.
If you were involved in a motorcycle crash, you may have been thrown from the vehicle and suffered head trauma, broken bones, severe cuts, and back and neck injuries that could have resulted in paralysis.
You may have undergone surgery and may have spent weeks or months in the hospital. Although you might be able to return to your job, your injuries could be keeping you from performing all your tasks as you did prior to the accident. Some injuries may be so severe that you will be unable to perform your old job at all, and you may have to consider other types of employment.
The physical pain, loss of mobility and independence, inability to work, lost income, and growing stack of medical bills may be taking a severe emotional too, causing you to suffer from anxiety and depression. It may be impossible to recover quickly or fully. This not only affects you but also your family and friends.
A Houston motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you obtain a financial settlement to help you deal with the financial impact of the collision and ease some of the emotional burden. Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented personal injury clients across the United States. Call our office at (800) 683-5111 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.
How a Motorcycle Crash Can Happen
In accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, visibility is often a primary factor. Since motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, people in cars and trucks may not notice them as easily as they would a larger vehicle, especially if a tree, a sign, another vehicle, or some other object is blocking the view.
Many motorcycle accidents happen when someone in a car or a truck is making a left-hand turn. A driver who wants to turn left may not notice a motorcycle approaching, and the vehicles may collide in the intersection.
A motorcycle accident may occur because the other driver is speeding, talking or texting on a cellphone, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those types of negligent actions can cause a collision between two cars or a car and a truck. If one driver is on a motorcycle, however, the results can be extremely damaging.
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How a Personal Injury Attorney May Be Able to Help You
A Houston motorcycle accident lawyer can investigate to find out the details of the accident and help determine who is liable. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can review the accident report and statements from you and eyewitnesses. If a traffic camera, a security camera at a local business or home, or someone’s cellphone recorded the collision, we can review that video to gather additional information.
If we find that the other driver acted negligently and caused the crash, we may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit or an insurance claim on your behalf to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. In many cases, we can negotiate a settlement without taking a case to court. If necessary, we go to trial to pursue fair compensation on behalf of an injured client.
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You May Be Entitled to a Financial Award Even if You Share Liability
An attorney for the other driver may argue that you were partially liable for the accident. Texas has a modified comparative negligence law, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001. If your actions contributed to the collision, you may still be entitled to financial compensation, as long as you were no more than 50 percent at fault.
The opposing party’s lawyer or insurer may allege that you were speeding or that you made a turn when the other driver had the right-of-way. A personal injury lawyer can help disprove these claims with evidence.
Road conditions can cause motorcycle accidents. A pothole, sand, or water in the road and other conditions that would have little or no effect on a car can cause a driver on a motorcycle to lose control. If the other driver acted negligently and you were unable to avoid a collision because you were driving too fast for conditions and lost control of your motorcycle, you may be entitled to reduced compensation based on the state’s negligence law.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requires motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. For older drivers who have completed a safety course or who are covered by insurance, a helmet is optional.
If you were not wearing a helmet and you suffered a serious head injury, the other driver’s attorney may argue that you were partly liable for the seriousness of your injuries, even if you were not required to wear a helmet. A Houston motorcycle accident attorney can help you in your fight to hold the negligent driver responsible.
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Hire an Attorney to Seek Justice
People who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents often do not pursue compensation because they think that they cannot afford to hire an attorney. That should not be a concern for you because Ben Crump Law, PLLC, operates on contingency. We cover upfront costs ourselves. Our firm only collects a fee if we negotiate a settlement or go to court and secure a financial award on behalf of a client.
Under the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. If you miss that deadline, you may be unable to obtain compensation for your injuries. The sooner you contact a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer, the sooner we will be able to launch an investigation. Reach out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 683-5111.
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