Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Serving Plano & Collin County Texas
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Too many drivers are negligent when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists, and accidents are all too common. Additionally, motorcycle accidents can be incredibly serious as there is very little protection between riders and larger vehicles. If you have been in a collision, you may be dealing with extensive injuries and mounting medical expenses. At The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, our Plano motorcycle accident lawyers have over 15 years of experience handling personal injury cases in Texas, and we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Understanding Motorcycle Accident Claims in Texas
Because of the serious types of injuries we see in motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists have many questions about their legal rights and how to file a personal injury claim. Here are some important things that victims of motorcycle accidents should know.
Motorcycle Accidents are Different from Car Accidents
The biggest difference between motorcycle accidents and car crashes is how much more severe the injuries may be in a motorcycle crash because motorcyclists are exposed when riding. Also, sometimes there is a negative bias against bikers who are unfairly labeled as “risk-takers” and “daredevils.”
However, even if motorcycles are riskier than other vehicles, accident victims still have the right to recover financially for their injuries if another party was negligent. Never hesitate to discuss your rights with a trusted motorcycle accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the most common causes of accidents include:
- Drivers who don’t see a motorcycle
- Distracted drivers
- Poorly maintained roads
- Drivers who fail to yield the right of way
- Aggressive driving
- Impaired driving
Even though motorcyclists are more difficult to see on the roads, they are allowed to safely use the roads like any other vehicle. Drivers who fail to pay proper attention or engage in other careless driving behaviors should be fully liable for any injuries they cause to motorcyclists.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Because motorcyclists do not have the same protection as vehicle drivers, they are more likely to sustain serious injuries in a crash. Common injuries to motorcyclists can include:
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones and compound fractures
- Broken ribs, pelvis, or hips
- Road rash and serious friction burns
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Crush injuries
- Internal injuries and organ damage
Most motorcyclists need immediate medical care following a crash, and their treatment might be extensive. Many of these injuries are catastrophic, causing permanent impairments, disabilities, or disfigurement, and completely changing the course of an accident victim’s life.
If you suffered serious injuries and losses because another party caused your motorcycle crash, you should discuss your right to possible compensation with an experienced Plano motorcycle accident lawyer.
Your Right to Compensation Includes Many Things
Your legal right to be compensated for your injuries includes many things, such as:
- Past and future medical costs
- Loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support and benefits
- Loss of companionship or consortium
You Need to Act Quickly to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you’ve been harmed in an auto accident, it is very important to speak with an injury lawyer as soon as possible for two main reasons:
Your Time is Limited – First, the time to start a legal action for compensation is limited by Texas law to two years from the date of your injury. If you are in an accident involving a vehicle driven by a state or local government worker, the time to bring a claim for your injuries can be a short as 90 days from the date of the incident.
Evidence Needs to Be Preserved – Second, it is important for your lawyer to collect as much evidence as you can to support your claim before the evidence disappears and the witnesses forget what happened during the accident.
Some Personal Injury Cases Take More Time Than Others
We know that when you are facing medical expenses, you can’t work, and you are feeling financially pressured, you may be tempted to take the first offer that an insurance company makes. Before you accept a quick settlement offer, it is in your best interest to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney. Our motorcycle accident attorneys know the pressures you are under, and we work without delay to fight for the financial security you’ll need now and in the future.
Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Work on a Contingent-Fee Basis
We know that most people can’t afford a motorcycle accident attorney who charges them by the hour. That’s why our injury law firm works on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless we collect money for you.
If you were hurt in an auto accident, please contact our motorcycle accident lawyers online or call us at 972-380-4444 for your free consultation.
Plano Motorcycle Accident FAQs
The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be confusing, and you might have many questions. Below are some answers to common questions asked by motorcycle accident victims.
Do I Need an Attorney for a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Some motorcycle claims might seem relatively straightforward, such as when a driver is clearly negligent and hit your motorcycle. However, complications can still arise during the process of seeking compensation, and too many people end up with much less financial recovery than they deserve.
You have nothing to lose by seeking help from a motorcycle accident attorney who can make sure you seek and receive the maximum amount possible in your situation.
How Much is My Motorcycle Injury Claim Worth?
The value of injury claims varies widely depending on the severity of the injuries in question. If you have a fractured arm that requires a couple of months to heal, you will have a smaller claim than if you suffered a life-altering and paralyzing spinal injury. Some factors we consider when determining the value of a claim include:
- The extent of your medical treatment
- What medical treatment you will need in the future
- Whether the injury disrupted your earnings or will continue to do so
- Any lasting or permanent effects of your injuries
- All out-of-pocket expenses stemming from your injuries
- Whether you needed assistance at home or with childcare due to your injuries
- How your injuries impacted your closest relationships
There is a lot to consider, and you want professionals handling these calculations.
Should I Accept an Insurance Settlement Offer?
Some insurance offers are fair, while many are not. Simply put, you should never accept any amount without first having the offer reviewed by a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer. If you do, you risk leaving significant compensation on the table that you likely will not be able to recover later.