Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries that can happen on the road. Too often, a motorcyclist suffers the most because there is relatively little safety equipment that can prepare an exposed rider for a collision with a car or truck or being slammed to the road or pavement. When an accident unfortunately happens, riders can be thrown from their bikes, resulting in horrific injuries and, in some instances, death.
At Gibson Hill in Houston, our team is well equipped to take on any case involving an injured motorcyclist. We believe that anyone who shares the road should be treated fairly, which is not always the case for motorcycle riders. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured riders and will work tirelessly to build a strong case on behalf of you and your loved ones to hold the responsible party or parties accountable. Call us at (713) 659-4000 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation with an Austin motorcycle accident attorney today.
Do I Need Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
If you have been injured or tragically lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Drivers have a responsibility to operate with caution and to keep safety as their top priority. Unfortunately, distracted driving and other negligent or reckless habits are on the rise, thereby making our roads much more dangerous. When drivers fail in their obligations to navigate safely, they are liable for the ghastly accidents they can cause. All too often the motorcycle rider pays the highest price for another driver’s wrongdoing. Among other injuries, head and neck injuries along with “road rash” are common and can leave riders physically and emotionally traumatized.
While dealing with this trauma, it is nearly impossible for the ordinary person to focus on building a legal case. You and/or your loved ones may be dealing with recovering from bodily injuries, emotional pain, and the stress of medical bills piling up around you.
With all of this going on, retaining an attorney is your best bet in pursuing a successful personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced lawyer understands the law and can handle all of the logistics on your behalf. They can also take charge of the communication with insurance and defense lawyers to prevent them from harassing you or trying to get you to accept a premature, inadequate settlement. An aggressive legal advocate can assemble a case to bring you the compensation you need to care for yourself and your family.
Why Should I Choose Gibson Hill?
At Gibson Hill, we understand the ordeal you and your loved ones are suffering through. We are here to help guide you through your legal journey with compassion and care. You and your family should not suffer the financial burden and the anxiety after you have been injured by a negligent driver. We are committed to fighting for the rights of all motorcycle riders in Texas and can help you recover the compensation that you are owed.
Our team will work in your best interest, meaning that we will never take the easy way out by accepting a low-ball settlement offer. We care deeply for the Austin community and will do whatever it takes – at the negotiating table and in court — to help you and your loved ones get your lives back on track. Relying on our team of personal injury lawyers can allow you to focus on recovering from your accident with peace of mind in knowing our firm is mounting a strong case on your behalf.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Too often, motorcycle accidents occur when car and truck drivers fail to keep watch for motorcyclists on the road. This can be due to improper mirror usage or other negligent actions. Accidents can also occur when vehicles fail to yield and give the right of way to motorcycles, exceed the speed limit, drive aggressively, in a distracted manner, operate their vehicle while impaired, or otherwise ignore traffic laws. Common actions that can lead to drivers being liable for the injuries they cause to motorcycle riders include the following:
- Pulling out in front of motorcycles at intersections
- Swerving into a motorcycle
- Taking left turns into the path of a motorcyclist who has the right of way
If you or a loved one has been injured in a similar accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Irresponsible car and truck drivers must be held accountable when they cause serious injuries to motorcycle riders. Our team will hold at-fault drivers responsible and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
What Compensation Can I Recover?
After you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, there are naturally many concerns you may have. One important question you may be asking is how are you going to pay medical bills or shoulder other financial burdens while you are laid up? Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in devastating injuries that can require expensive and far-reaching care. Financial hardship should never be a consequence of being injured by a negligent driver. Our firm will help you recover the compensation for physical and psychological trauma which may include the following:
- Current of future medical bills related to the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Physical impairment/ disability
- Property damage, including repairs or replacement of your motorcycle
In Texas, victims in motorcycle accidents under certain circumstances can pursue punitive damages in court in addition to the above compensatory damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish drivers who acted with malice or gross negligence. The intent of awarding punitive damages is to punish the negligent driver and also to warn other drivers not to repeat those actions. In Texas, a special statutory regime applies to the potential award of punitive damages. Your motorcycle accident lawyer can go over the technicalities with you to determine if you might qualify.
Motorcycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be traumatic and confusing for anyone. The trauma you and your loved ones are dealing with may leave you with many unanswered questions. At Gibson Hill, we are committed to advocating for all injured motorcyclists. With that commitment in mind, we have provided answers to some of the questions we commonly raised by our clients.
In Texas, you have up to two years after the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are a few, limited exceptions to this, including if the victim is a minor or if the victim has mental challenges. Additionally, if the driver who is alleged to have caused your injuries leaves the state, their period of absence would not count towards the two-year time limit. Hiring with an attorney can ensure that you meet all important deadlines when filing a case. Given the evidence gathering that is required, waiting until the last minute to seek legal counsel is usually a bad idea.
In a wrongful death lawsuit, family members can file a lawsuit within two years of the victim’s passing. Wrongful death cases require extensive and complex pre-litigation investigation before any legal papers can be filed. A such, it’s best to retain an experienced personal injury attorney sooner rather than later.
In Texas, the courts follow a modified comparative fault law. What this means is that if you are found to be partially responsible for your accident, you may still be able to collect compensation minus a deduction. The court will determine how much blame each party shares. This percentage will then determine how much compensation you can collect. If, for example, the court finds that you were 20% responsible for the accident, you can collect up to 80% of the potential compensation. If the court determines that you are more than 50% responsible for the accident, however, you won’t able to recover any money damages.
Under Texas law, motorcyclists over the age of 21 may be able to ride without a helmet under certain conditions. They must complete special safety training or carry at least $10,000 in health insurance. Failure to wear proper safety equipment may, however, reduce potential compensation in the event of an accident. And as a practical matter, wearing a helmet is advisable to help protect against traumatic brain or neck injuries, among other dangers.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has suffered in a motorcycle accident involving a negligent, reckless, or otherwise law-breaking driver, we are here to help. Our team at Gibson Hill is devoted to justice and protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists in the Houston area and throughout the state. We take the well-being of the Austin community very seriously and are fully prepared to seek the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. To set up an appointment for a free case review with an Austin motorcycle accident attorney, call us today at (713) 659-4000 or reach out to us online.