While many riders take precautions such as wearing helmets and maintaining safe speeds, motorcycles still present a significantly higher risk of injury or death in an accident due to their unenclosed build. Motorcycle accidents can also cause life-threatening injuries and leave victims with long-term health issues.
Unfortunately, victims do not always receive the financial recovery needed to make up for the financial instability that resulted from the accident. If a Midland motorcycle accident left you struggling to care for yourself and your family, the attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can help you determine if you have a case. Call us today at (713) 850-8600 to speak with our legal team.
Determining Liability for Your Motorcycle Accident
In no-fault states, insurance companies pay for personal injuries regardless of who caused the accident. In Texas, insurance companies calculate the amount they will pay on claims after determining the at-fault driver. The insurance company of the driver who holds over 50% of the responsibility for the accident must pay in a claim. However, they may reduce the amount based on the percentage of the other driver’s fault. For example, if the insurance company deems you 25% responsible for the accident, you may receive only 75% of the total award from the claim.
While insurance companies must pay their fair share, some insurance companies are not looking to help victims of accidents. They sometimes use sneaky tactics to try to deflect responsibility and cover as little as possible, and when they do not face an attorney with knowledge of their schemes and how to circumvent them, they often get away with it. A motorcycle accident lawyer serving Midland can help you determine liability for your accident and seek the financial awards you deserve. Call today for your free consultation at (713) 850-8600.
In many cases, drivers hit motorcycles on the road because they simply do not look for them. The Association for Psychological Science shared details about a study conducted at the Australian National University in Canberra, in which researchers tested drivers on their ability to see a motorcycle in a picture when they did not know to look for one. 65% of the study participants missed the motorcycle, but only 31% missed seeing a taxi when it appeared in the same location. The results suggest that drivers do not look for motorcycles the way they look for other vehicles.
Despite the efforts of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) public awareness and safety campaign “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles,” Texas drivers sometimes fail to exercise caution in the presence of motorcycles, and the collisions they cause often lead to serious injuries and fatalities. A motorcycle accident lawyer serving Midland can help you establish liability and build your case against the driver who caused your accident.
When companies manufacture vehicles, they hold the legal responsibility of ensuring their safety before releasing them onto the market for consumer sale. If a motorcyclist suffers injuries as the result of an accident caused by defective equipment, they may file a claim against the manufacturer in a products liability case. These types of cases allow victims to hold companies responsible for faulty products that, when used as intended, cause harm to the user. The attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can help you gather evidence against the manufacturer and pursue your case in court. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
State and Local Governments
Texas residents pay state and local taxes for the maintenance and improvement of roads. While roadways inevitably suffer damage over time, government organizations responsible for their repair must ensure that they do not reach a point of deterioration that presents a danger to drivers. If defective roadways, unmarked hazards, or other unsafe road conditions caused the accident that led to your injuries, a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Midland can help you hold the appropriate government agencies accountable.
Financial Awards for Your Motorcycle Accident
Insurance may cover some bills, but it often leaves victims of motorcycle accidents in need of more resources to care for themselves and their families, especially when the victim cannot return to work. If you settled with an insurance company right away or have yet to receive payment for your claim, you may qualify for the recovery of funds for:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering or mental anguish
- Lost wages and the inability to receive future income
If you suffered the loss of a loved one in the accident, you may also seek awards for funeral and burial expenses.
How a Lawyer Can Help You With Your Case
Victims of motorcycle accidents often face challenges on their road to recovery, and trying to manage a court case may feel scary or unapproachable. An attorney can help by working with the client to establish their goals and handling the complicated aspects of the legal process on their behalf. They may collect evidence for the client, develop a strategy for determining liability, and present their case in court. With the burden of pursuing their case lifted, the victim can focus on getting back on their feet.
Contact Us Today for Legal Support
Motorcycle accident victims and their families often find proving liability difficult to achieve without the assistance of an attorney. Our lawyers understand the process and can help you navigate the Texas legal system, seek justice and accountability, and pursue the recovery of financial awards. Contact the legal team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC today at (713) 850-8600 to get started on your case.