WACO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF MOTORCYCLISTS INJURED BY NEGLIGENT MOTORISTS
Motorcyclists assume the risk of utilizing vehicles that are much smaller than cars and that lack all but the most basic safety features. However, motorcycle riders still deserve respect from other drivers as well as a safe driving experience. Unfortunately, due to issues such as reckless drivers, unsafe roads, and auto defects, thousands of motorcyclists suffer devastating injuries on the road every year.
WHAT AN ATTORNEY CAN DO FOR YOU
Thankfully, those who are injured in motorcycle accidents caused by other people are often able to receive compensation for the costs of their damages. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, our Waco motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., understand just how daunting your situation can feel, and we are dedicating to providing motorcycle accident victims with the help they need.
Request a free case evaluation by calling (254) 938-6885.
TYPES OF DRIVER NEGLIGENCE THAT CAN MAKE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION
Although a number of issues could lead to motorcycle accidents, they are often the result of other drivers’ negligence. At the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., we have considerable experience helping injured motorcyclists take action against unsafe drivers, including those who cause motorcycle accidents due to the following:
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Failure to stop at stop lights or signs
- Failure to check before making a turn or changing lanes
Additionally, motorcycle riders can also be harmed by auto defects or highway defects that cause them to lose control over their bikes.
LAW OFFICES OF VIC FEAZELL, P.C.: DEDICATED TO PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS
If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, you don’t have to face the consequences on your own. Contact our Waco motorcycle accident attorneys of Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., at (254) 938-6885 today to talk to our dedicated legal team about your case and learn more about your rights and options in this difficult situation.
For more information, please give us a call without delay.
Can I recover damages for an accident if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Yes, you can still sue a motorist for crashing into you if you did not have a helmet on. Even if you were riding where helmet use was required, your decision not to wear one doesn’t cancel your right to file a claim. However, your liability for the extent of your injuries, especially for a head injury, will likely be much higher than if you had been wearing a helmet.
What if the driver who hit me didn’t have insurance?
Being hit by a driver who has no insurance is bad, but it is not necessarily the end-all-be-all of your motorcycle accident claim. If you have purchased uninsured motorist (UM) insurance, then you can use it to pursue damages after being in an accident with a driver who had no insurance. The catch is that you will file against your insurance provider, not a third party.
What do you need to do to prove your motorcycle injury case?
As the plaintiff, you need to prove that the defendant is liable for your injuries and damages. They do not need to prove that they are not liable. This legal rule makes collecting and using evidence critical. Various types of evidence can help create your motorcycle injury case and prove your arguments, such as medical records, eyewitness testimonies, helmet cam footage, police reports, and more.
What if I was a passenger in a motorcycle accident?
Passengers in motorcycle accidents have the same right to file a claim or claims after being in a crash that was not their fault that riders do. The difference is that passengers might be able to file against other motorists and the person who was controlling the motorcycle they were on. It depends on the circumstances of the accident and why it happened, so a careful investigation from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can be helpful.
Who can file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
You can file a motorcycle accident lawsuit as a rider or passenger, and even if you are partially liable for your accident. In Texas, there is a 51% modified comparative negligence law. As long as you are not 51% liable for your damages, you can bring a claim against any party that is liable by any amount.
What if the at-fault party has very little insurance coverage?
Far too often, we hear from motorcycle accident clients who were hit by drivers with very little insurance coverage that won’t take care of their damages. Understandably, they are disheartened and fear that they won’t be able to recover from their accident. Thankfully, there are other ways to get more compensation from the liable party. For example, your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) can help cover any costs that the underinsured motorist’s policy does not pay. It is also sometimes possible to file against a separate insurance policy held by the driver who hit you, other than just their auto insurance policy. Homeowner’s insurance policies, for example, can sometimes be filed against, but the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer is often necessary.
What are the common costs associated with motorcycle accidents?
Motorcyclists who are involved in an accident caused by another vehicle might expect certain costs as a result. Some of the more common costs associated with motorcycle accidents involve:
- Emergency transport
- Emergency surgery
- Medical care and attention
- X-Rays / CT-Scans
- Vehicle repair costs
- Vehicle replacement costs
- Income supplementation
Any or all of these costs could plague a motorcyclist who has suffered from an accident; however, if another driver has caused the accident, then the motorcycle accident victim might be entitled to compensation from the responsible driver.