Every day, motorcyclists suffer injuries due to the carelessness and recklessness of others. Motorcycles are not as stable as four-wheeled motor vehicles, and they generally are not as visible, which makes motorcyclists more vulnerable than car occupants in traffic. Weather and road conditions can also have a more significant impact on a motorcycle than a car.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), 5,172 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2017. In the same year, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than car occupants to die in a crash.
If you suffered extensive injuries or your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, and the accident was someone else’s fault, a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer could help you receive an award for your damages. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 and speak to a team member who will review your case free of charge.
Reasons for Motorcycle Crashes
While many factors could cause a motorcycle accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) listed some common reasons:
- Other motorists turning into the path of the motorcycle.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Inclement weather and adverse road conditions.
- Failure to yield the right of way.
- Inability to see the motorcyclist.
- Misjudging the speed of the motorcyclist.
Since motorcyclists do not have the same protection as a car’s driver or occupants, even relatively minor accidents can potentially cause fatal or devastating injuries to the motorcyclist.
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Types of Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcyclist’s injuries may need extensive and costly treatment and therapies. Some of the injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents can include:
- Road rash
- Head and brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Facial disfigurement
- Loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Motorcycle accidents, if not fatal, can result in life-changing and disabling injuries. An accident victim may need treatment for the rest of their life. In the worst case, they might never return to their job and career. If this has happened to you, you could have legal recourse against the at-fault driver in your accident. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, for a free case review with a team member.
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Compensation in Motorcycle Accidents
If you suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, we could help you fight for compensation for your damages, including:
- Present and future medical costs
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
In a wrongful death case, we could also help you recover additional compensation, such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance for children
- Loss of benefits from the deceased
You could also receive various other types of compensation, depending on your specific motorcycle accident case. While it can be difficult to generalize about the kind of settlement you could receive, a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer can advise you.
Statute of Limitations
To receive any compensation, you will need to act in a timely manner. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 states that you generally have only two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. Not adhering to this time frame could bar you from receiving any compensation.
If you consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you also generally have only two years to file, starting with the date of when your loved one died. There are a few exceptions to this rule. If you think that you ran out of time to initiate a lawsuit, you could contact a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer for help.
Acting as soon as you can after an accident could also help you and your lawyer build a case and prove the other driver’s negligence. It is generally easier to collect evidence right after an accident. Months later, you might struggle to retrieve all the documents and witness statements you will need to prove your case.
A Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
The personal injury lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you with your motorcycle accident case so you can concentrate on what matters most: your health and healing from your accident-related injuries. Here are a few ways that a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer can help with your case.
Gathering Evidence to Prove Your Case
You will need evidence to build a case against an at-fault driver. Gathering evidence can involve a great deal of research and investigative work. We can collect any records required for your claim, which can include:
- Insurance documents
- Accident reports
- Medical reports
- Dashcam or traffic camera footage
- Witness statements
Negotiating Your Settlement
Many personal injury cases settle outside the courtroom. Rather than dealing with the insurance company’s adjuster and the at-fault party on your own, our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you negotiate a fair settlement. We can protect your interests so that an adjuster cannot push you into accepting a settlement that might not be in your best interests. Remember that if you accept a settlement, you will most likely not be able to sue later. A settlement should cover all your damages—both now and in the future.
Representing You in Court
If negotiations fail and you cannot reach a satisfactory settlement with the at-fault party or their insurance company, we can take your claim to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Why Ben Crump Law, PLLC
We are familiar with the laws concerning motorcycle accidents and do not shy away from tough cases. Our team can provide expert witnesses to further your case if needed. We will fight for fair compensation for any medical bills and other damages that are another driver’s fault. When we work for you, you will not need to worry about any upfront costs; we do not charge attorney’s fees unless you receive compensation.
You do not have to struggle with a motorcycle accident claim on your own. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident recently, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 959-1444 and speak with a team member about how we could help you get justice and compensation.