Most accidents with a motorcycle cause injuries to the rider as well as damage to the bike. A motorcycle does not provide the surrounding protective structure that a vehicle does, so the motorcyclist is usually much more vulnerable to injury in a crash than those who are in a car or truck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a seasoned lawyer on your side who can fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. A Dallas motorcycle accident attorney from Stephens, Anderson and Cummings can evaluate your claim and handle all of the details for you. We are experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys who have many decades of experience handling cases just like yours and obtaining the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
We work on contingency, which means we never receive any money unless you win – there are no upfront costs or fees of any kind. And if you cannot come to us, we can come to you in a place that is convenient for you to discuss your claim.
How Can a Dallas Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help Me?
Our law firm has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we are ready to put our years of experience to work for you. If we find that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, you can trust our motorcycle accident lawyers in Dallas to represent your best interests and fight for every dollar that is owed to you. We want you to be able to move on with your life and take care of yourself and your family.
To do this, we will handle every detail of your case, including:
- Asking medical experts to evaluate your injuries
- Reviewing videos or photos of the scene of the accident
- Speaking to the insurance companies on your behalf
- Reviewing the accident report to find out the details of the crash
- Talking to any witnesses to gather further insights
Your caring Dallas motorcycle accident attorney from Stephens, Anderson and Cummings will work to build a strong case that helps you obtain the compensation you need to help you pay for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages you have experienced because of your accident and injuries.
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Types of Motorcycle Accident Claims
There are several ways you may be able to recover compensation after a motorcycle accident. A successful motorcycle accident attorney in Dallas will review the details of your accident and injuries to identify the types of claims that may be appropriate in your case. This may include:
Most motorcycle accidents are initially handled through an insurance claim. Depending on the types of coverage you and the at-fault party have, auto insurance may pay for motorcycle repair or replacement, medical expenses, rental cars, court costs, and other expenses.
Our Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers have decades of experience working with insurance companies and can handle the details of your claim for you. We are familiar with the many tactics insurers often use to limit payouts for injury claims and know what it takes to bring a successful claim.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
If the accident was caused by another’s negligence, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover additional compensation not provided by insurance. This could include compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-economic damages.
However, filing a lawsuit requires proving that another’s actions caused your injuries. In order to do this, we will have to prove that another party was negligent, which requires providing evidence showing that the other party failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care. This could include failing to follow traffic laws or acting in a reckless and careless manner.
Product Liability Cases
If your injuries were fully or partially caused by a defective part in one of the vehicles involved in the accident, you may be able to receive compensation from the manufacturer of that faulty part.
Defective items can include:
- Headlights or tail lights
- Electrical components
If the defective part was designed or manufactured improperly, the manufacturer could be held partially or fully liable for the accident.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Dallas can determine if a defective product contributed to your accident and then fight for maximum compensation for you.
In some cases, a government employee or individual may be responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. This could include situations where a government employee driving a government vehicle crashes into a motorcycle. It could also include accidents caused by poor road design or maintenance such as:
- Poor signage
- Breaks in the pavement
- Poorly maintained road
- Steep embankments
- Sharp corners
Your Dallas motorcycle accident attorney may be able to recover compensatory damages for you from the city, county, state or federal entity that is responsible for the accident. These agencies have a responsibility to ensure the roads under their jurisdiction are as safe as possible. If they were negligent in their responsibilities for creating and maintaining the road, it may be possible to hold them responsible.
Our Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers will thoroughly review the details of your accident to help you determine the best options available to you for pursuing the compensation you deserve.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
In Texas, there are short deadlines for filing motorcycle accident claims.
Because of this, you should always contact the insurance company as soon as possible following a collision to help make sure you are filing a claim within the time limits outlined in the policy.
There are also separate deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits in Texas. The statute of limitations is a legal deadline set by the state that defines how long you have to file a personal injury case. Because evidence can degrade or be lost over time and witnesses may not remember every detail of the accident, statutes of limitations help provide full and timely justice.
The deadline for most personal injury cases, including those involving motorcycle accidents and product liability, is two years. The timeframe begins on the day the accident occurred.
Additionally, if you have a claim against a municipality, the Texas Toxic Tort Claims Act requires that the government entity responsible for an accident be notified of your intent to file a lawsuit within six months of the accident. Claims against the city of Fort Worth or other local governments may have even shorter deadlines.
Because of these deadlines, it is important to contact a dependable motorcycle accident lawyer in Dallas quickly after a crash so your case can be filed on time. It takes time for a legal team to gather all of the information regarding the accident and prepare the documents needed for your case. A Dallas motorcycle accident attorney can get to work right away for you as soon as you contact our firm.
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What if I Am Partially at Fault?
Texas has a law called proportionate responsibility, also known as contributory negligence, which says an injury victim cannot recover compensation from a personal injury lawsuit if his or her percentage of responsibility for the accident is greater than 50 percent.
If the injury victim was less than 50 percent responsible, he or she may be able to recover compensation. However, the recovery amount will be reduced by the injury victim’s percentage of responsibility. For example, if you were found to be 20 percent liable for your injuries because you were speeding at the time of the accident, your compensation award will be reduced by 20 percent. If your case was worth $10,000, you would only be able to recover $8,000.
An experienced Dallas motorcycle accident attorney can help make sure you are not blamed for more than your share of responsibility for the accident. Both insurance companies and the other party’s attorneys will likely attempt to use the proportionate responsibility rule to limit your compensation, so it is important to have a motorcycle accident lawyer on your side to defend your right to compensation.
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Types of Motorcycle Injuries
Across the U.S., road accidents of all kinds have been increasing in recent years. In 2016, there were 496 motorcyclist deaths in Texas – 463 drivers and 33 passengers. There were also 2,008 incapacitating motorcyclist injuries.
Some of the most common injuries that occur from motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord trauma
- Head and neck injury
- Amputation of limbs
- Brain damage
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, our dependable attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and cover the medical bills you have experienced.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Left turns
- Improper changing of lanes
- Being struck by a car from behind
- Opening of car doors
- Slippery road conditions
- Hitting a patch of gravel
- Riding through a corner too quickly
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
As shown here, many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other motorists. If your accident was caused by another’s actions, our Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys will work to hold the liable party accountable for your injuries.
Contact us now to get started on your motorcycle accident claim.
Contact a Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
You can trust the caring and reliable Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys at Stephens, Anderson and Cummings to help you receive as much compensation as possible from your crash. We are on your side, not the side of the insurance companies or the at-fault party.
Our decades of experience and millions of dollars won for our clients all speak to our success. Let us put that success to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We represent cases on contingency, so there is no cost for you unless we recover compensation on your behalf.