Truck & Motorcycle Accident
Brain & Pelvis Injury
Over roughly the past decade, registered motorcycles in Texas have more than doubled in number, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports.
The bad news: Motorcycle accidents in the state have gone up as well.
Truck & Motorcycle Accident
Brain & Pelvis Injury
According to TxDOT’s most recent statistics, over the course of one year:
463 motorcycle riders died in crashes (430 drivers and 33 passengers)
2,022 motorcycle riders suffered incapacitating injuries (1,822 drivers and 200 passengers).
The Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., understand why more and more men and women are being drawn to motorcycle riding in Dallas. Many ride for recreation. They enjoy the thrill of the open road and the friendships they can forge as members of a motorcycle organization. From Big Bend Country to the South Texas Plains, our state offers plenty of scenic rides. Others use motorcycles as their main form of transportation because they are cost-efficient.
Our personal injury attorneys also understand why Dallas motorcycle accidents are increasing. The reality is that too many car and truck drivers do not know how to safely share the road with motorcycles. Many crashes are caused by vehicle drivers who either fail to recognize motorcyclists or refuse to respect their rights.
We can bring our deep appreciation for motorcycle riding and our keen understanding of the legal issues in motorcycle accidents to your case. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash in Dallas, you can count on Tate Law Offices, P.C., to work to truly protect your rights.
The steps you take immediately after a motorcycle crash will go a long way towards protecting your right to a maximum recovery in your case.
Our Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys suggest that you:
We can get to work right away on preserving evidence, dealing with insurance companies and taking action to seek just compensation for your physical, mental and financial harm.
Tell the insurance companies to call us, not you. Anything you say can be used against you by the insurer in an attempt to minimize or deny your motorcycle accident claim. It is also a good idea to stay away from speaking to others about the crash or discussing it on social media.
Motorcycle accident victims can suffer severe injuries. After your initial treatment, make sure to get evaluated and treated by a specialist and follow your recommended care plan. If you do not have health insurance, we can assist you in getting the medical care you need.
Save the police accident report, pictures of your motorcycle and the accident scene, medical bills, motorcycle repair bills and letters from the insurance company. We can address all of these issues for you. So, whatever you have, provide to us, and we will assist you. If you don’t have anything, we will get to work on acquiring the information.
The bottom line: Insurance companies will be out to protect their profits by limiting what they pay you. When you are represented by our lawyers, however, we will be focused on protecting you and seeking maximum compensation for your injury.
As experienced Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers, we understand the serious nature of the injuries that occur in these wrecks and the types of treatment and rehabilitation that victims need.
We can handle cases that involve:
In a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit, we will seek a full recovery for you, including compensation for:
Additionally, we will explore compensation that may include punitive damages, which are meant to punish and deter especially reckless conduct.
If you have lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, please see our section on the unique types of wrongful death and survival damages that may be sought on your behalf.
Our lawyers will seek a recovery from all parties who contributed to your motorcycle accident injuries, and we will closely review all insurance coverage available to you. We will aggressively counter any efforts to attribute negligence to you and to diminish your recovery.
An insurance company may tell you that your claim can be resolved, so there will be no need for an attorney to get involved. Why do you think they would say this? Is it because they believe that, if you do not have an attorney, they will be able to pay you much less than the fair value of your claim?
Studies have shown that accident victims who are represented by lawyers generally recover higher amounts of compensation than those who go without legal representation. Our law firm believes the stakes are too high to move on without an attorney.
In particular, the insurance company for the vehicle driver may try to pin blame on you. This is because Texas follows a modified comparative fault rule. If you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault, you can be barred from a recovery. If you are less than 50 percent at fault, your recovery can be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
According to a landmark study, The Hurt Report, the “predominating cause” of motorcycle accidents is the failure of car and truck drivers to “detect and recognize” motorcyclists. This can occur for many reasons. Certainly, a vehicle driver may be careless, distracted or impaired by alcohol, drugs or fatigue. But, what we see time and time again is that drivers don’t detect the smaller-sized motorcycle and proceed to drive in the motorcycle’s path, which causes a crash.
A negligent vehicle driver may try to shift responsibility and claim you contributed to your own injuries because you drove too fast, engaged in lane-splitting, did not signal, or failed to wear a helmet. With our attorneys on your side, we can work to effectively rebut those arguments.
At Tate Law Offices, P.C., our Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers can skillfully guide you through the process of a claim and, if needed, a lawsuit.
Our attorneys can:
We handle all accident cases in Texas and in surrounding states. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will pay nothing while we represent you unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf.