motorcycle under carMotorcycle accidents can have a significant impact on one’s life and often leave individuals uncertain of what to do next. It is recommended that you contact an attorney immediately after an accident, but there are also several steps you can take to protect your health and right to compensation. This article is intended to provide an overview of steps to take if you are a victim of a motorcycle accident in Laredo and other parts of Texas. It is important that accident victims understand their legal rights and how to protect those rights. My goal is to provide information to assist victims and their families when selecting an attorney to represent their interests. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact my office today to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Motorcycle accident victims are often unsure of how to communicate with insurance adjusters, when to contact an attorney, determine liability or how to protect their legal rights. One of the first steps that you should take is to seek medical treatment as soon as possible, if not immediately, after an accident. Regardless of the type of accident you are involved in, you should seek medical care. This will protect not only your health, but a potential legal claim by helping establish damages and liability. If you delay or outright refuse medical care, then that may raise questions from insurance adjusters or opposing counsel about the extent of your injuries. You should also follow advice and recommendations from your doctor such as whether or not to take medication, whether to attend physical therapy, etc.

The injured party will typically be contacted by the responsible party’s insurance adjusters soon after an accident. You may be overwhelmed and will not know how to respond to the adjuster’s requests for recorded statements or information about the accident. You should know from the outset that the insurance adjuster is working for the defendant and is not looking out for your best interests. Their job is to settle the amount for as little as possible. Their job is not to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Depending on your case and the extent of your injuries, entering into a quick settlement may not reflect the full amount of damages that you are entitled to. After an accident occurs, it is also important to consult with experienced personal injury counsel to help navigate this process.

Having an experienced personal injury lawyer will also be able to help establish liability for the responsible party after a motorcycle accident. Under Texas law, when a person’s negligent behavior results in an injury to a third party, the negligent person will be liable for the damages suffered as a result. Once the person’s responsibility for the accident is established, the victim is entitled to compensation such as lost wages, medical bills, and property damage. The defendant’s liability is almost always disputed in a motorcycle accident and their attorney will argue that they are not completely responsible. Victims may still recover damages if they are not more than fifty-one percent liable for the accident under the laws of comparative fault. In these cases, the total amount of the victim’s compensation may be proportionally reduced by the amount of their relative fault. For example, if the motorcyclist is speeding, weaving in/out of traffic or not wearing a helmet prior to the accident then that will be taken into consideration when applying the laws of comparative fault.

Motorcycle accident victims should contact experienced personal injury counsel as soon as possible. My office will take all of the steps needed to preserve your legal rights after an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact my office as soon as possible to speak with an experienced attorney. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and I look forward to helping you through this process. I serve clients in Laredo and other areas of south Texas.