If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, you will need to contact an experienced Austin motorcycle accident attorney right away. When this type of accident occurs, it can be a catastrophe. You may be severely injured, have a ton of medical bills, and not be able to return to work. Even when you’re on the mend, your vehicle may be beyond repair, leaving you without a way to get around. It’s hard to know that you’re in this predicament because of someone else’s negligence. All of this can cause you and your family a lot of stress and grief. Experienced Austin motorcycle accident attorney Daniel Smith will work very hard to get you the best possible result. You deserve to get compensation for your injuries and damages.
Important First Steps
There are two very important things that need to happen moments after the scene. The most important of the two considerations is seeking medical attention. The injuries you experience may be severe and life-threatening and you do not want to hang around waiting at the scene if you are in danger.
While the other important consideration is collecting evidence, you should not prioritize that over your own health. If you are able to stay on the scene and take photos, talk to witnesses, and get insurance information from the other driver, you should do so, but not if you’re terribly injured. In that case, you should have a friend, family member, or attorney come onto the scene and do the evidence collection for you. We cannot stress how important it is to get to the doctor.
It is also very important to get to a Austin motorcycle accident attorney right away. An experienced lawyer will be your guide throughout the whole process. As mentioned, they can collect evidence. They can start working on your case before you’ve even seen a doctor. They can also make sure that the evidence is used properly and effectively. You do not want to delay in hiring an attorney so that you have the best chance possible at the highest amount of compensation.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
These accident can be so devastating for the motorcycle rider. The bike you’re on doesn’t give you the protection of a car or SUV. You are more exposed to the elements on a bike and that might mean you have more severe injuries. The most common types of motorcycle accident injuries are:
- Broken bones
- Road burn
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain injury
- Internal injury
We want to express just how sorry we are that this has happened to you. You might require surgery and life-long care, or you may someday make a full recovery. This is something that your attorney will take into consideration when they are negotiating with the insurance company for your just compensation.
Statute of Limitations
In Texas, from the date of the motorcycle accident, you have two years to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. This might initially seem like a long time, but in a legal aspect, it’s not. You have to go through treatment and either be done treating, or have a clear idea of what your medical future holds. You don’t want to wait until the day before your time limit runs out to call an attorney. At that point, there is probably no way to help you. If it always wise to call a Austin motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you are physically able to.
How Compensation Works
When you go after compensation, you are seeking money damages from the liable party’s insurance company. The way it works is that they will be awarding you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and expenses you have had to pay out of your own pocket that is relating to the accident.
In Texas, we follow the rules of modified comparative negligence. What that means is if you are deemed to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, you will be barred from receiving compensation altogether. If you are deemed to be less than 50% at fault, then your award will be reduced to reflect the percent of fault you were. If you are not found to share any fault, you will receive your whole award. Let’s say you are awarded $100,000 for your damages, but you are found to be 10% at fault. You would then be collecting $90,000 in compensation. A strong, experienced attorney will dedicate their job to keeping your award from being barred or reduced.
Insurance Company Issues
The insurance company for the liable party has the opposite job that your attorney does. They don’t want to make sure you have full compensation, in fact the insurance company will do their best to reduce or eliminate your claim. When they come calling you for a recorded statement, you can tell them that all communication can go through your attorney.
Contact Our Office Today
If you need an experienced Austin motorcycle accident attorney to take on your case and see what needs to be done in order to get you the best possible result, please call our office today for a free consultation and get your case started.