If you were hit by a drunk driver while riding your motorcycle, you have a right to claim compensation for your damages, wages you lost due to the accident, medical bills, pain and suffering.
Your Rights As a Texas Motorcyclist
Drunk driving is a serious crime and is not taken lightly in Texas. Under Texas law, if you were hurt by a drunk driver you're entitled to compensation for:
- All medical bills, past and future
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
In order to claim compensation, you'll first have to prove that the other driver caused the accident. For instance, if the other driver was arrested for drinking and driving, that's strong evidence in your favor. Similarly, witness testimonies, video from intersection cameras and the like can be used to build your proof. If you have a personal injury attorney, they will gather your evidence for you.
Read more about gathering evidence after a motorcycle accident here.
Making a Claim Against a Drunk Driver
When you make a claim for compensation, you file against the drunk driver's insurance company (not the driver themselves). Hopefully, you collected the other driver's insurance information either at the scene of the accident or from the crash report. If not, you need to do so. If you don't have access to the other driver's insurance information, your attorney can help you get it.
Unfortunately, not all driver are carrying insurance. In Texas, it's estimated that nearly one in five drivers don't have the Texas required minimum insurance. If the drunk driver who hit you doesn't have insurance, you can use your own uninsured motorist insurance to cover your costs.
Learn More About Your Rights
I encourage everyone to download a free copy of my book, Your Roadmap to Winning Your Texas Motorcycle Accident Claim. In it, I discuss everything you need to know about winning the money you deserve for your injuries after a wreck.
If you have been hurt due to someone else’s reckless negligence, you deserve adequate compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost income and other accident-related expenses. For more information on your legal rights, please contact the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth for a free, no obligation consultation on your unique situation.
To speak with a board certified Fort Worth motorcycle crash lawyer, please call 817-294-1900.
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