Motorcycle Accidents Attorneys in Corpus Christi & Dallas, Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2019, over 1,800 motorcyclists were seriously injured in Texas, and there were about 412 fatalities. Motorcycle accidents typically cause minor to serious injuries, including road rash, facial fractures, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, limb amputation, and sometimes death.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party's negligent act, you may be entitled to recover damages. The Torres Attorneys are dedicated to offering compassionate representation in personal injury and motorcycle accident matters. Our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help seek rightful compensation for your damages, injuries, pain and suffering, or loss.
The Torres Attorneys proudly represent motorcycle accident victims throughout Corpus Christi, Texas, and the surrounding areas of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Steps to Take if You Were in A Motorcycle Accident
The moments following a motorcycle accident can be confusing and emotional. However, the next steps you take will have a significant impact on the outcome of your injury claim. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure you:
Get to safety.
Call 911 to seek emergency treatment or adequate medical assistance for your injuries.
Report the incident to the police or law enforcement office.
Exchange important information with the other drivers involved, including the driver's name, address, phone number, license number, insurance policy, and insurance identification card.
Gather necessary documentation, including the police report, medical treatments, medical records, doctor's appointments, witness statements, and accident scene photos.
Document your personal account of the incident and how it has affected your day-to-day life.
Notify your insurance provider about the accident.
Hire a knowledgeable attorney to help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company or file an injury claim.
The sooner that these steps are taken after the accident the better. Over time, details are forgotten and important information is misplaced.
Texas Motorcycle Laws
In an effort to mitigate or prevent accidents, the state of Texas has imposed strict motorcycle laws that all motorcyclists are expected to follow.
Lane splitting is a traffic maneuver that involves a motorcyclist driving between two rows of cars moving in the same direction. In Texas, lane splitting is illegal. According to Texas Transportation Code § 545.060, a motorist on a roadway divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic must drive entirely within a single lane and may not move from the lane unless it is considered safe to do so.
Under Texas motorcycle helmet laws, motorcycle operators under 21 years are required to wear safety helmets. However, you're not required to wear a helmet if:
You are 21 years or older.
You have completed a state-approved Motorcycle Operator Training Course.
You can provide proof of a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance coverage.
According to Texas Transportation Code § 601.072, Texas motorists are required to have a minimum liability insurance coverage of:
$30,000 for bodily injuries to one person per accident
$60,000 for total bodily injuries to two or more people per accident
$25,000 for property damage per accident
Determining Fault in A Texas Motorcycle Accident
Texas is a "fault" state. This means that the person responsible for the traffic crash (at-fault party) will be liable for damages or injuries sustained by accident victims. The available options to pursue compensation include:
Filing a claim with your insurance company
Filing a third-party claim with the at-fault driver's insurance provider
Filing a personal injury lawsuit in court against the at-fault driver
Modified Comparative Fault
Additionally, Texas uses the "modified comparative fault" rule. Under this system, damages that may be recovered by an accident victim will be reduced by the victim's percentage of fault.
For example, if the jury awards $50,000 in total damages, and you were found to be 20 percent liable for the incident, you will only receive 80 percent of $50,000 ($40,000).
Therefore, under the modified form of comparative negligence, an injured person will be barred from recovering any damages if they were more than half (50%) responsible for the accident.
Work with Experienced Motorcycle
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be an emotional and overwhelming experience. Such an incident may affect you financially, physically, and mentally. The good news is, you don't need to go through such challenges on your own. Hiring a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney immediately is crucial to protect your rights and help you seek fair financial compensation.
The Torres Attorneys have devoted their careers to offering compassionate representation and comprehensive guidance to motorcycle accident victims and their loved ones. As your attorneys, we can help you with the following:
Fight zealously to protect your rights and represent your best interests
Review every detail of your case and conduct a thorough investigation
Collect required evidence, important information, and necessary documentation
Help prove fault and establish liability
Determine and estimate case-value
Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance provider
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, where applicable
We can help hold the responsible party liable and pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical care expenses, lost income, future medical treatment, pain and suffering, or other losses.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving Corpus Christi, Texas
If you or someone close to you were injured in a motorcycle accident involving a negligent party, call The Torres Attorneys to schedule a one-on-one case assessment. Our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys can fight to protect your rights and provide the detailed legal guidance and compassionate representation you need. We proudly serve clients across Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas.