Despite all of the protection a responsible motorbike rider might wear, a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer will no doubt be necessary in the event of a crash. A motorcyclist is protected by a helmet and leather apparel to protect their body, arms, and legs — all while riding a mechanically sound motorcycle. Even in ideal conditions, a motorcyclist is no match for the errant or distracted driver of an automobile or truck — as well as road hazards that may be found on the Dallas area streets and highways. Motorcycle accidents, therefore, most often result in serious injuries or the death of the motorcycle driver — which is where a qualified and expert motorcycle accident attorney comes in.
Although motorcycles may be fun to drive, they are extremely dangerous. Statistics from a 2021 report by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) revealed some startling facts about motorcycle accidents in the Lone Star state. On average, one motorcyclist dies in a crash on Texas roads every day. In 2021 alone, 519 riders lost their lives and 2,318 were seriously injured in motorcycle crashes. More than half of fatal motorcycle crashes are the result of collisions with other vehicles.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the expert motorcycle accident lawyers at Reyes Browne Reilley. Our attorneys have been helping motorcycle accident victims throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and the rest of Texas for over 30 years.
What to do after a motorcycle accident
When a person is involved in a motorcycle wreck, the property, physical, and financial damages can be extreme and the road to recovery can belong. If you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck you believe was caused by another party’s negligence, you will likely need a lawyer with expertise in representing motorcycle injury victims. Compared to the TV lawyers, insurance companies know Reyes Browne Reilley prepares each case for the courtroom. This will help you earn the compensation that you need to overcome the harm done by the accident.
Our team is also dedicated to supporting you compassionately throughout your recovery — you are never just a number to us. We will keep track of all evidence and medical records to build the strongest case possible, always seeking the maximum compensation available for our clients. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, calling Reyes Brown Reilly law firm is the smartest thing you can do. You shouldn’t have to worry about anything but your own wellbeing, so we make sure to take care of the legal logistics from the moment we step on the scene.
Just remember, if you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident — gather evidence like photos and video (if safe and possible to do so), call a lawyer immediately, seek medical attention for your injuries, and do not engage with the other party (including the driver, their legal team, or their insurance representative).
What is the main reason for motorcycle accidents?
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents are not caused by the motorcyclist. More often than not, the blame for most car-motorcycle collisions lies with inattentive drivers who claim they did not see the motorcyclist. While motorcycles may be less visible because of their smaller size, the fact does not excuse negligent drivers from responsibility when they hit a motorcyclist.
Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Dallas.
- A driver fails to see a motorcycle or incorrectly judges its speed, turning left in front of the motorcycle at an intersection.
- A car changes lanes and collides with a motorcycle, usually because the motorcycle is in the driver’s blind spot or the driver simply does not register the motorcycle.
- The motorcycle is stopped and hit from behind by the driver of a vehicle that didn’t see the motorcycle.
- The motorcycle rider hits gravel or some other uneven surface and loses control.
- The motorcycle rider takes a corner too fast.
- A motorist opens a car door in the path of an approaching motorcycle.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
Motorcycle accidents are likely to cause a myriad of injuries, including these common ones:
- Brain damage
- Road rash
- Broken limbs
- Neck injuries
- Internal injuries
There’s no way to anticipate the injuries one might suffer in an accident, but the above are some of the most common. Each one is serious, and most of these injuries take a long time to heal. Unfortunately, some never heal completely — those are referred to as catastrophic injuries. If a neck or head injury occurs and causes spinal cord injuries, the victim may be temporarily or permanently paralyzed. Our firm has worked with many clients whose lives were changed forever as a result of their injuries.
Serious or catastrophic injuries are not only traumatic — they also come at a serious monetary cost. They often require numerous doctor appointments, one or more surgeries, and medications to manage pain. If you sustain a major injury, you may need ongoing medical care for the rest of your life. We’ve seen clients who spend the rest of their lives in need of medical assistance at home or in a healthcare facility. This is costly, and many insurance policies only cover a percentage of extended medical care. Our legal team can help you recover the medical costs you may face over the course of your life as a result of being an accident victim.
Motorcycle accident compensation
There are various damages available for victims to claim after a motorcycle accident, and it is your lawyer’s job to determine what you can legally seek. Insurance claims can compensate for both economic and non-economic damages if the guilty party has sufficient liability coverage.
Economic damages are tangible expenses resulting from the crash and your injuries, such as:
- Property damage
- Medical costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
Non-economic damages are intangible losses, such as:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship and intimacy
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
When you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, their insurance company will typically offer you a settlement. It’s often not enough. These settlements rarely offer you what you actually need to pay for medical bills, time off from work, or life-long care after you’re injured. Never accept their initial offer. Our attorneys work hard to assemble ample evidence that supports a more substantial settlement amount so your family doesn’t suffer financially.
Contact the best motorcycle accident lawyers in Dallas
Have you or a loved one been involved in a motorcycle accident in Dallas? Don’t delay — if you need to consult an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, call the law firm of Reyes Browne Reilley day or night at 214-526-7900 or submit the short case consultation form on this page. With decades of experience in motorbike accidents in the Texas area and an exemplary success record, we have the right team to fight for your right to maximum compensation.