Have you or someone that you love been hit and injured by another motorist while riding a motorcycle in Fort Worth? Perhaps you were a motorcycle passenger and were injured in a crash that was not your fault?
At the law offices of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our Fort Worth motorcycle accident lawyers have a proven track record of success and will fight for your MAXIMUM compensation amount. We have recovered more than $18,000,000 in compensation specifically from motor vehicle accidents and our co-founding partner - Jason Stephens - is an award winning attorney that has obtained some of the largest settlements and verdicts for injury victims in the state of Texas. Jason is also the current Director of the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
We proudly offer free case reviews and you only pay when we obtain a recovery on your behalf. For help with your claim, contact us online or call our motorcycle accident lawyers today at (877) 920-9009.
Can You File A Damages Lawsuit?
Following a motorcycle accident, many victims are faced with mounting medical costs, medication expenses, physical therapy treatment costs, lost wages and a need to use either a rental vehicle or some other form of transportation. The costs for all of these services can add up quickly, with some riders being faced with an inability to pay for those expenses.
With this in mind, should you decide to file a personal injury compensation claim, it's important to note that in the state of Texas, personal injury victims have up to two years to file a claim. This is commonly referred to as the "Statute of Limitations". It's also important to note that while there are some very limited exceptions under the "Discovery Rule" in Texas, in most instances, the time period begins from the date of your collision.
In the state of Texas, personal injury victims have up to two years to file a damages claim.
You will also need to validate your claim, by proving that:
- The person that you are filing suit against caused the accident you were injured in (caused it completely or in part)
- The injuries that you sustained were directly associated with that accident
You may also like to consider that the at-fault driver will most likely be represented by the legal team of his/her insurance provider. As the goal of these defense lawyers is to avoid paying your compensation claim - or to pay the smallest amount possible - they may argue about the validity of your claim by stating that the other driver was not negligent in his/her actions. They may also state that an unexpected event took place that also contributed to the accident.
These can be very important statements as if you are unable to counter their argument, it can significantly affect how much compensation you recover. This is often a reason why injury victims hire a lawyer to help represent their case.
At Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, we have a team of lawyers that have won multiple industry awards and have recovered more than $100,000,000 for our clients. We understand how to build a solid argument for your claim and in the event of a settlement from the insurance company not being sufficient, we also have the capability and experience to take your case to court.
What Is Your Case Worth?
It is quite difficult to determine the value of your claim without knowing all of the specifics of the accident. This is why we offer our clients a free review of their claim, to help determine if filing a lawsuit is the most effective method of recovering compensation for you.
During the discovery phase (where the details of your incident are reviewed), it's important to have as much accurate information about the accident as possible. While we can appreciate that it is often very difficult to obtain information from the scene of the accident, if you are able to provide:
- Any images from the accident scene (images taken by a cell phone are sufficient)
- The contact information of the at-fault driver
- The insurance information of the at-fault driver
- The contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of the Police accident report
... all of this information can be very helpful when assessing your claim and may be used as leverage in your case negotiations with the defendant.
Under the "Texas Public Information Act" which was passed during the 84th Legislative Session under Section 550.65 of the Texas Transportation Code, accident victims can now obtain a copy of their accident report by visiting the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department and applying for it via mail, e-mail, fax or in-person.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Due to the exposed nature of a motorcycle, riders and their passengers are not afforded as much protection when compared to that of a car or truck. With this in mind, even at slow speeds the types of injuries that accident victims may sustain in an accident can often be life changing.
Some of the most common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Gravel rash
- Broken collarbone (clavicle)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Riders arm
- Traumatic brain injuries
.... and many more.
Motorcyclists are often unfairly blamed for causing accidents often because people perceive motorcycles as moving faster than they actually are however, it is often another drivers negligent actions that actually led to the collision. Many drivers also fail to check for motorcycles, which can lead to a blind spot accident or inadvertently cutting them off.
In a report released by the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 459 motorcycle fatalities in 2015 (including vehicle operators and passengers) and more than 9,180 injuries reported during that same period of time.
Contact our Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
At the law offices of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our attorneys understand how devastating motorcycle crashes can be. You need someone on your side who will be an advocate for your rights.
Our experienced Fort Worth motorcycle accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and hold the negligent party that caused you or your loved ones harm accountable for their actions. We realize that your case is about more than just money, its about justice.
We proudly work on a contingency basis, which means you don't pay us unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf and our office is conveniently located nearby the Fort Worth Municipal Court.
Contact us at (877) 920-9009 to schedule a free initial case review or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on this page to get started immediately.