Secure Compensation for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries with the Help of a Dedicated Lawyer
Motorcyclists are perceived by many people to be adventurous troublemakers and reckless thrill-seekers. As a result, when a motorcycle and a car collide, most assume that the motorcyclist is naturally the one at fault. Not only is this assumption incorrect. It is irresponsible to believe that all motorcyclists speed, drive impaired, drag race, and ignore lane laws when motor vehicle operators are often guilty of the same. Because of this bias, motorcyclists should seek the help of an attorney to present the facts indisputably on their behalf.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Roger “Rocky” Walton and his team in Arlington, TX, can build a case to defend the rights of motorcyclists and secure compensation on their behalf if they have been injured in a motor vehicle accident.
What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident
Immediately following a motorcycle accident, it is important to follow several important steps to protect your innocence and ensure the best outcomes in the future. After an accident, you should:
- Call 911: If anyone needs medical attention, call 911 first.
- Move out of traffic: If it is safe to do so, move your motorcycle out of traffic and turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers know that you are stopped.
- Call the police: Even if you are involved in a minor motorcycle accident, call the police to obtain a police report, which can be used as evidence later.
- Exchange information: Gather the license, contact, and insurance information of the other driver or drivers involved.
- Take photos: If you can, take pictures of your surroundings, the vehicles involved, and any injuries.
- Talk to witnesses: Talk to bystanders who may have seen what happened and collect their contact information.
- Do not admit fault: While it can be tempting to apologize, do not say sorry or make any other statements that can be seen as an admission of fault.
- Call an attorney: A lawyer can listen to the facts of your case and determine which steps you should take next.
At our firm, we offer free case reviews for victims of motorcycle accidents.
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We want to help every victim recover the compensation they deserve. To schedule your free case review, call us at (817) 429-4299.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The most frequent accident that occurs involving a motorcycle and a car is when a car turns into the path of a motorcycle. There are a number of reasons this can happen: the driver misjudges the speed of the motorcycle, is inattentive, or does not account for the possibility of a motorcycle in the vicinity and begins turning because there are no other cars in sight. Another common accident occurs when a car suddenly veers into the motorcyclist’s lane or changes lanes without looking. This could be due to inattentiveness or because the motorcycle is in the driver’s blind spot.
Other causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Sudden stops
- Driver inattention
- Reckless driving
- Making unsafe left turns
- Motorcycle defects
- Dangerous road conditions
Determining the cause of your accident is very important, since the cause of the accident will often directly point to the party who is responsible for paying damages.
Because motorcycles do not have the extensive safety measures that cars do, motorcyclists can be catastrophically injured when they are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. While cars have safety features such as a steel frame, seat belts, rear view cameras, and lane change warnings, motorcyclists typically only have a helmet and thick clothing to protect them. These do little against a multi-thousand pound vehicle. In addition to road rash and other minor bumps and bruises, motorcyclists can suffer injuries such as:
These catastrophic injuries can dramatically impair your ability to fully participate in day-to-day life. In extreme cases, riders might experience fatal injuries.
How an Injury Can Affect You
Your injuries could require significant rehabilitation and ongoing medical expenses. You could be unable to return to work and lose your income as a result. Many motorcycle accident victims face lifelong injuries that require long-term medical care or special modifications to their homes.
The effects of injuries can extend far beyond physical repercussions. For some victims, these injuries can decrease their overall quality of life and result in immeasurable daily pain and suffering.
No matter how severe the effects of your injury are, Rocky and his team are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve to cover these and any other future expenses.
Because motorcycles do not have the extensive safety measures that cars do, motorcyclists can be catastrophically injured when they are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you can seek monetary compensation in a third-party claim. To successfully do so, you will need to establish fault. This requires gathering evidence, including:
- Police reports: Police reports may include an officer’s opinion on who was responsible for the accident as well as state whether traffic laws were violated. This is a crucial piece of evidence in determining which driver was at fault.
- Witness statements: Witnesses to the accident may be able to corroborate your version of the events leading up to the accident.
- Traffic laws: If the other party was speeding, ignored traffic signs, failed to yield, or committed any other traffic violation, it could be determined that the motor vehicle operator was driving recklessly. Rocky can help you dissect local motorcycle laws and determine whether any were broken leading up to the accident.
When suing a negligent driver or other party who caused your motorcycle accident, the goal is to help you return to the state that you were previously in before the accident. Rocky and his team know that in some cases, no amount of compensation will help you overcome the trauma and loss caused by a motorcycle accident, but we believe that receiving damages can help you rebuild your life as best as possible.
Following a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for damages such as:
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical expenses
- Damage to your property
- Decreased earning potential
- Pain and suffering
If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident by a negligent driver, you may also be entitled to a wrongful death suit and compensation for loss of consortium and funeral expenses.
Hire a Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
If you have suffered a personal injury due to another driver’s negligence, we urge you to call the Law Firm of Roger “Rocky” Walton, P.C., as soon as possible. Rocky is a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer who will put his decades assisting clients to work for you. Contact our office online or call (817) 429-4299 to schedule your consultation with our team.