Nobody ever thinks they'll get into a motorcycle wreck. The minute they go down, however, everything changes. In a matter of seconds, motorcyclists can wind up in the hospital with serious and sometimes permanent injuries. What's worse, many motorcycle wrecks are caused not by the cyclist, but by other drivers.
The federal government estimates that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a wreck than car passengers are. By nature, motorcycle accidents tend to involve more serious injuries and longer recoveries, meaning you'll need lots and lots of money. Money to cover the cost of your ambulance ride, your hospital stay, medication, physical therapy, surgery, not to mentioned missed work days, motorcycle repairs and the like. Do you know how much admittance to the trauma center is, on average? Twenty-five thousand dollars. That's $25,000, just to get in (U.S. Department of Transportation).
It's for these reasons you need an experienced, Board Certified attorney who specializes in Dallas-Fort Worth area motorcycle wreck cases to represent your claim.
Mark Anderson and the Anderson Law Firm team are experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated to earning motorcycle accident victims the money they deserve.
We're a Trusted Motorcycle Wreck Firm in Dallas-Fort Worth
The Anderson Law Firm stands out as a trusted source for Dallas-Fort Worth motorcycle accident victims for a few key reasons.
- We specialize in personal injury, meaning we're skilled in handling cases just like yours.
- We're fully staffed, which allows us to give each and every client the care and attention they deserve.
- We're not an "accident mill." We don't take every case that comes through our door. This way, we're able to focus wholly on the clients we do serve.
- We're confidant and practiced. So much so, that we don't charge our clients a dime until we win their case.
If you've been hurt as a rider in Texas, there's a lot at stake. You've got medical bills piling up, you're missing work due to your injuries, and perhaps your own insurance isn't enough to cover your damages. We know that recovering from an accident isn't easy, but you don't have to do it alone.
What a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Do For You
We have a lot to offer injured motorcyclists. To start, we give every one of our clients two guarantees:
- No win, no fee. If we don't win you everything you deserve, you don't pay us a dime. Period.
- Free consultation, including legal advice in regards to your personal situation.
Our job is to use our legal expertise in personal injury accident law to protect the interests of our clients. Though filing an insurance claim may seem straightforward, most clients come to us after having tried (and failed) to successfully negotiate with the insurance company.
Insurance adjusters are in the business of making money, and that means paying you as little as possible. Insurance companies use sneaky tactics like avoiding your calls and cajoling your into signing a release (don't!). They aren't on your side - but we will be. We're experts on Texas motorcycle law, and we use that expertise to fight the insurance companies for every last penny on our clients' behalf.
Compensation and Evidence in Motorcycle Wreck Accidents
Under Texas law, if you've been hurt in an accident caused by another driver, you're entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries. Specifically, this includes money for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
However, you must first be able to prove that the accident wasn't your fault. There's a slew of ways other motorists can be found negligent for the accident (and therefore responsible for paying for your injuries).
Some specifics include:
- Distraction (using a cell phone, eating in the car, etc.)
- Drowsy driving
- Reflex delay (such as in the elderly)
- Drunk driving
- Road rage
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Running a red light
If the motorist who hit you was either in violation of the law or otherwise acting irresponsibly, you have a case. However, you'll need to prove it. If you hire a lawyer, they'll gather the evidence and do this for you. They'll ensure important evidence isn't discarded, interview witnesses, look at intersection cameras, etc.
There's no one specific kind of evidence that must be gathered. Instead, you'll need all the evidence you can get your hands on.
Take a picture of your helmet at the scene, if you can. This proves that you were indeed wearing one and therefore didn't contribute to any face or head injuries you might have suffered. Furthermore, keep your helmet as evidence (dents and scratches and all).
When the police come to the scene of the wreck, they "interview" both parties and decide who they think caused the wreck. They'll write this in their police report. If the police side with you, it's in your favor. Furthermore, they'll often include additional details like a note about the weather, if either party got a speeding ticket, etc.
- ALSO READ: How Do I Get My Police Report?
There's hardly a more priceless piece of evidence than pictures. Photograph everything you can - your motorcycle and its damages, your injuries (before they heal!), any paint that transferred from your motorcycle to the other vehicle, etc. By the time your case makes it to the insurance company (or even a jury), the evidence will be washed away. Pictures preserve it.
Here's another invaluable piece of evidence. Talk to witnesses, if there are any. Get their names and phone numbers. Don't rely on the police to do it for you.
Check out the accident scene and look around for surveillance cameras. Nearby schools, intersections, stores and city-owned land often have cameras that record nearby activity. See if you can get access to the cameras and a copy of the tape. If they refuse, your attorney has the ability to subpoena them in a lawsuit (meaning they'll be required to give them up).
Here's another big one - keep your medical records. Make sure the doctor writes detailed notes of each visit. Don't miss appointments or delay seeking treatment (it looks bad and hurts your case). Medical records can go a long way in showing how the wreck has impacted your life and will determine how much money you deserve for your injuries.
- ALSO READ: Why Accident Victims Must Be Good Patients
What If You Were Too Hurt or Didn't Know to Collect Evidence After a Wreck?
Sadly, this is often the case. Naturally, people don't research accidents until their in one, so by the time they think to take photos of the accident or get witness information, it's too late. In these cases, not all is lost, but you'll need to consult with a professional. A personal injury attorney has access to information you might not, and they'll know what evidence can still be saved.
How Are Injury Attorneys Paid?
This is perhaps the biggest barrier when injured motorcyclists start looking for a lawyer. They're hurt with mounting medical bills, but they don't pursue a claim or hire a lawyer because they assume they can't afford it. They're wrong.
Here at the Anderson Law Firm, we use contingent fee contracts. In our contract, we promise to front our time and all necessary case expenses, and only after we win your case does a percent of the earnings go to us. There's no money required upfront and if we don't win, you don't owe us anything.
Contingent fee contracts allow all Texas bikers access to the legal system, regardless of their financial situation. Our clients do not have to write a check for a retainer fee when they hire us, nor do they receive a bill from us each month. We're here to fight for your right to compensation from the insurance company.
Mark Anderson's Motorcycle Accident Book
Mark understand that hiring a lawyer isn't right for everyone. In some cases where the injuries are minor, motorcyclists choose to "go it alone." However, you shouldn't enter negotiations with the insurance company unarmed.
We encourage you to order a free copy of Mark's book, Your Roadmap to Winning Your Texas Motorcycle Accident Claim. In it, you'll find everything you need to know about motorcycle accident cases in Texas.
Here at the Anderson Law Firm, we offer all injured motorcyclists a completely free, no obligation consultation. We also work on a no win, no fee basis. We don’t require a retainer or hourly fee, and we charge no upfront fees whatsoever.
If you or someone you love was injured while riding a motorcycle in Fort Worth, and the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, contact us today. Call 817-294-1900.