As a motorcycle rider, you may take every available precaution to protect yourself on the road. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself from another driver’s negligence or recklessness. When another motorist causes a crash and leaves you with serious or life-altering injuries, you should not be left to cope with the economic and personal losses.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our Houston motorcycle accident lawyers have decades of legal experience helping injured people like you pursue full financial recovery after serious crashes. We believe that effective personal injury representation goes beyond negotiating a settlement or arguing at trial. That’s why we provide comprehensive services to our clients. We take the time to talk with you to understand your problems, needs, and goals. We stand with you at every stage of your recovery, including helping you find medical specialists and get your bike fixed. You are never just another case to us, but a part of our family.
Contact our law firm today for a free case evaluation with an experienced Houston motorcycle accident lawyer. You will never have to pay upfront costs to get the legal advice and assistance you need. In fact, you only pay us if we recover money for you.
Why Are Houston Motorcycle Accident Claims More Complicated?
Claims arising from motorcycle wrecks tend to be more complicated than your average car accident case for several reasons.
First, motorcycle riders usually suffer more serious injuries than occupants of a vehicle would in a crash. Riders don’t have the benefit of a vehicle body or safety features to protect them from an impact. More serious injuries obviously take longer to heal. Some injured riders may require lifelong treatment and ongoing medical care. As a result, our motorcycle accident lawyers must take into account the rider’s future medical expenses and losses when negotiating a settlement or arguing for a verdict at trial. We want to ensure our clients do not incur expenses in the future due to the accident, only to find they don’t have the money to cover those expenses.
Second, because riders often suffer more significant financial losses than car accident victims would, challenges related to insurance policy limits can arise. Many drivers carry only the minimum amount of insurance coverage required by Texas law. Some drivers even choose to break the law and drive without insurance. As a result, injured riders are often faced with the prospect that an at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance coverage or other financial resources to fully compensate the rider for losses. When this happens, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Houston help riders pursue full compensation through their own insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
Third, drivers (and their insurance companies) often try to avoid legal liability by blaming the rider for the crash. Drivers may claim that they “never saw” the motorcycle rider. Or they may rely on stereotypes of motorcycle riders in order to claim that the rider was speeding or recklessly weaving through traffic. When this happens, our attorneys will fight back with extensive evidence showing how the accident occurred and why the other driver was at fault.
What You Need to Know About Proving Fault After a Houston Motorcycle Crash
Unfortunately, even when other drivers cause an accident with a motorcycle, they may try to deflect blame. That’s why our motorcycle accident lawyers collect extensive evidence from the wreck and work closely with accident reconstruction experts to conclusively show what happened. Some of the types of evidence we may rely on to prove fault in your case include:
- The police accident report, since the investigating officer will note if any motorists were cited or arrested for the accident and may note his or her opinion as to who was at fault
- Accident scene photos
- Dashcam, helmet cam, or nearby surveillance camera footage of the accident
- Eyewitness statements
- Vehicle damage/repair reports
- Reports from expert witnesses who have analyzed the scene and your injuries
- Medical records of the treatment of your injuries
After a serious crash, you should speak with our attorneys as soon as possible so we can begin preserving evidence for your case. If an insurance company contacts you, do not give a written or recorded statement, and do not accept any payment without speaking to a lawyer first.
Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident in Houston
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical treatment costs, including hospital bills, surgeries, medical procedures, pain medication, physical therapy, and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Long-term care costs if you are disabled due to the accident, such as home health services or home maintenance services
- Income lost for the time you miss from work while recovering from injuries
- Lost earning potential, such as due to lost business opportunities or due to disabilities that prevent you from returning to work
- Impaired quality of life, such as due to scars or disfigurement, difficulties with daily tasks, or the inability to enjoy life’s activities
- Pain and suffering