Attorney in Dallas, Texas
After a motorcycle accident, victims often suffer serious injuries that need medical treatment. With treatment comes expensive medical bills that must be paid. In addition, the victim will need to take time off work, resulting in lost income.
When the accident wasn’t your fault, and the insurance company isn’t offering enough to cover the bills, it is imperative to take legal action to secure financial compensation. My firm, M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, is dedicated to investigating all the facts of the accident, providing you with personal service, and helping you explore options to seek damages.
As an experienced Texas personal injury attorney, I can attempt to recover the maximum compensation possible for your injuries after a motorcycle accident, and for property damages, pain, suffering, or loss. At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I am proud to represent motorcycle accident victims in Dallas, Richardson, Lewisville, Irving, Farmers Branch, Mesquite, Garland, and Grand Prairie, Texas.
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Steps to Take if You Were in A Motorcycle Accident
If you were in a motorcycle accident, or if you are helping a loved one who was injured in a motorcycle accident, take these steps to protect yourself and your case.
Seek Medical Help
Your first step should be to seek medical help from a doctor or other qualified health care professional. Although you may believe that your injuries were minor and that you don’t need medical treatment, it is vital to see a health care professional as soon as possible. They can identify injuries that you aren’t able to diagnose and provide proper treatment recommendations. It is also essential to have medical records for your case.
Document and Obtain Copies of Everything
Medical records will be crucial to helping your case. You should also document the scene of the accident. Take pictures of yourself, your motorcycle, and the other vehicle or vehicles involved. Also, it is important to photograph the scene and write down exactly what happened in your own words.
Make sure to record the other driver’s information, such as their name, phone number, address, insurance company, license plate number, and driver’s license number. It is also advisable to obtain a copy of the police report.
After the motorcycle accident, contact your insurance company as soon as possible and inform them of what happened. You may need to contact the other driver’s insurance company as well. Speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to learn more about communicating with insurance companies after a motorcycle accident.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
Because many motorcycle accidents are serious, it is wise to hire a Texas personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Throughout the personal injury process, your attorney will provide advice and work to build the strongest case for you.
Texas Motorcycle Laws
It is critical to be aware of the laws pertaining to motorcycles in Texas as you consider the facts of your case.
When a motorcyclist rides between lanes, sometimes known as riding the white line, they are lane splitting. Lane splitting is illegal in Texas.
Under Texas law, motorcyclists under 21 years old must wear helmets. However, motorcyclists 21 and older are not required to wear helmets if they have completed a motorcycle safety course or purchased an appropriate health insurance plan that provides coverage for motorcycle accidents.
In Texas, motorcyclists must carry liability insurance coverage. That coverage should provide $25,000 for property damage, $30,000 for bodily injury coverage per person in an accident, and $60,000 for bodily injury coverage total per accident.
Who is responsible or at fault and how much responsibility each person had will play a key role in your case.
It is essential to prove that the driver responsible for the accident was acting with negligence. Because of the bias against motorcycle drivers that claims that they are reckless and negligent, this can sometimes be difficult to do, which is why it can be helpful to work with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Proving negligence involves showing that the responsible driver or party made a mistake such as running a red light, swerving in and out of traffic, following too closely, or switching lanes without looking.
Modified Comparative Fault
Sometimes the accident was caused by both the motorcyclist and the vehicle driver. If the motorcyclist was less than 50% at fault for the accident, then they can still recover financial compensation for the accident under Texas’s modified comparative fault rule.
Filing a Claim for A Loved One
If you are considering filing a claim on behalf of a spouse, child, or other loved one who was severely injured or passed away due to an accident, it is extremely important to take care of yourself during this difficult time. You should also know that you do have legal options for financial recovery.
Determining the Basis for A Claim
The spouse, children, or parents of the person who passed away in the accident are able to file a wrongful death claim in Texas. Determining the basis for a claim for personal injury or wrongful death will depend on the facts of the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Attorney Serving Dallas, Texas
A motorcycle accident will most likely impact your health and your finances. Seek the compensation you deserve with the help of an experienced attorney. At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I work hard to ensure each of my clients receives the best personal service. I am proud to represent clients in Dallas, Texas, Richardson, Lewisville, Irving, and the nearby areas. Contact my firm today to schedule a free consultation.