Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident in Fort Worth, TX? Contact our motorcycle accident lawyers today for help obtaining compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.
At-fault drivers and their auto insurers are often quick to blame motorcyclists for accidents, and deny payments or short-change badly injured riders.
But if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in the Fort Worth area, you can count on the experienced attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., to protect your rights. We know that drivers of cars and trucks are often responsible for causing collisions with motorcyclists.
We understand the steep costs of motorcycle accidents, including medical bills and extended time off work. A motorcyclist’s future may be at stake.
The personal injury attorneys in Fort Worth at Tate Law Offices are available for a free consultation about your legal options for seeking compensation in a personal injury claim. We will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.
Common Injuries in Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Claims
The design of a motorcycle allows riders to enjoy the openness of the road, but offers little protection in a crash. Most motorcyclists understand the risk of not having a passenger compartment to protect them in an accident.
If a motorcycle gets hit by another motor vehicle, the motorcyclist will be injured by the initial impact of the vehicle slamming into them, and then by the secondary impact of being thrown from their bike onto the road, or into a vehicle or other structure.
Serious impact injuries typically seen in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may result in debilitating loss of physical and cognitive abilities.
- Spinal cord injury, which causes nerve damage and paralysis (i.e., paraplegia or tetraplegia).
- Neck and back injuries, which may include broken vertebrae and torn, sprained or strained soft tissue (i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments).
- Thoracic and abdominal injuries to internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, liver and bowels, as well as broken ribs and sternum.
- Broken bones and loss of limbs, particularly arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, toes.
- Facial injuries, such as fractures, scarring, broken jaw, lost teeth, and damage to eyes.
- Lacerations, including “road rash,” abrasions. In some crashes, a motorcyclist is dragged by a motor vehicle, causing “degloving” injuries, in which areas of skin are torn from underlying tissue.
Serious injuries in a motorcycle accident require emergency care, surgery in many cases, and physical and occupational rehabilitation over a lengthy recovery period.
Some motorcyclists who had always led active lives face adaptation to sedentary lives after sustaining disabling injuries, as well as mounting medical bills.
To have the best chance of recovering financially from serious injuries in a motorcycle crash, it is important to have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer represent you. Tate Law Offices in Fort Worth has the experience and resources to help you pursue maximum compensation if another motorist’s carelessness or disregard for safety caused your injuries.
Common Causes of a Motorcycle Accident Fort Worth
After sustaining a serious injury, you may have questions about who can be held liable.
The Tate Law Offices will investigate the cause of your motorcycle accident, and develop a claim against the responsible party or parties.
We know from more than two decades of experience that in a two-vehicle collision between a car or truck and a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is usually not the one at fault.
In fact, a landmark study of motorcycle accidents known as “The Hurt Report” said the “predominating cause” of motorcycle accidents was motorists’ failure to detect motorcycles in traffic.
Two thirds of motorcycle-car collisions are the result of a motorist violating the motorcyclist’s right of way, such as by turning in front of a motorcycle, or by changing lanes and sideswiping a motorcycle, according to the report.
In other words, motorists too often fail to remain alert for motorcyclists in traffic.
Motorcyclists have every right to be on public roads in Texas, and motorists have a legal obligation for the safety of motorcyclists.
Drivers who engage in aggressive driving — speeding, failing to yield, frequent lane changes and passing, tailgating, fast starts from stoplights and stop signs — pose a particular danger to motorcyclists.
Tate Law Offices can investigate how your motorcycle accident occurred. If it was due to a motorist’s negligence or recklessness, our Fort Worth motorcycle accident lawyers can work to hold the at-fault party accountable and seek compensation to help you move forward.
How Much Money Can I Get in a Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Each motorcycle accident case is unique. When we seek compensation for clients injured in motorcycle accidents, our goal is to obtain a settlement that makes them financially whole.
A fair settlement will reimburse you for all economic losses from the accident and your injuries, as well as for noneconomic losses, which include your pain and suffering, and changes in your quality of life caused by your injuries.
A personal injury claim in Texas may seek compensation for:
- All medical expenses up to now and in the future
- All lost income during recovery and due to lost or diminished earning capacity in the future
- The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Physical impairment / disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household services
- Pain and suffering
When a motorcyclist has suffered a permanent disability, we work with life care planners who develop detailed projections of medical needs and their costs. This may include medical procedures, medication and consumable medical supplies, assistive devices (wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc.), in-home care or personal assistance.
We develop an estimate of income lost due to a disability that diminishes your earning capacity. Depending on your education and work experience, this may include the value of unrealized salary and wages, benefits, growth of retirement accounts, promotions, and other anticipated career advancement.
In addition, we can obtain statements from you your family, and friends about the impact the accident has had on your lifestyle, and the pain and suffering you have endured.
Proving Negligence in a Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Case
If a motorist who hit you was negligent or reckless, he or she can be compelled through a personal injury claim to compensate you for your losses.
Tate Law Offices will move quickly to investigate your motorcycle accident to determine responsibility for the injuries you have suffered.
We will preserve physical evidence from the crash scene and your damaged motorcycle, helmet and other gear and gather police reports, witness statements, and more.
If your accident was in an urban area, as most Fort Worth cases are, we will search for security cameras that may have recorded the accident or the other driver’s activities just prior to the crash.
We also may seek the motorist’s cellphone records, which might indicate the driver was talking on the phone or texting at the time of the accident. A driver’s credit/debit card receipts may show alcohol purchases prior to the accident, which may provide evidence of impaired driving.
In some motorcycle accident cases, we enlist the help of accident reconstruction specialists to identify how the crash occurred. These forensic investigators provide us with detailed reports of their conclusions and serve as expert witnesses in court. Their multi-media presentations help the jurors understand how a crash unfolded.
In some cases, we find that certain third parties may be subject to claims for compensation to you. This could include:
- A motorist’s employer. If the motorist was driving as part of their job when the accident occurred, their employer may be liable for their actions.
- The owner of a bar or store, or an event host. Texas’ “dram shop” law holds commercial vendors and social hosts responsible for drunk driving accidents if it can be shown they served alcohol to an underage driver who caused the crash, or to a customer or guest who was already obviously intoxicated and later caused an accident.
- The local government or contractors responsible for defective road conditions that contributed to the accident. If faulty design or lack of maintenance led to a problem in a roadway that contributed to an accident, the organizations responsible may be held accountable.
- Automotive manufacturers and/or distributors. If a defective motorcycle or automobile part or system, or the vehicle itself contributed to the accident, we may be able to pursue a product liability claim on your behalf.
We will work to identify every party that should be held liable for what has happened to you, and locate all applicable insurance policies available to provide compensation to you.
We will file claims on your behalf with all insurance companies that have issued coverage to those responsible for your accident and injuries. We aggressively negotiate for a full settlement as demanded in our formal claims.
In most motorcycle accident claims, we are able to negotiate settlements based on the strength of the cases we develop. However, many insurance companies wait until a lawsuit has been filed before considering a claim seriously, particularly if it is a high-value case.
Whether to accept a settlement is always the client’s decision. We will not recommend accepting an offer for less than you deserve. Agreeing to an acceptable settlement concludes the case, which saves additional time and expense, and allows you to get on with your life.
If we cannot negotiate a proper settlement, the highly skilled trial lawyers of Tate Law Offices will be prepared to present your case to a Tarrant County jury.
Either way, we represent clients on a contingency-fee basis. You will not be responsible for legal fees or case costs unless we recover money for you.
Our Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help You Get Compensation
Contact Tate Law Offices in Fort Worth for experienced and dedicated legal assistance if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Fort Worth area. We will investigate your motorcycle accident and seek all possible compensation for you.
We promise you the personal attention you deserve, and to be available to take your calls and answer your questions. Our firm has been recognized for the ethical, professional and compassionate service it provides to its clients.
Contact Tate Law Offices now by calling or clicking here to set up a free initial consultation. Get to know us, and get started on the road to your recovery.