Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable motorists in Dallas-Fort Worth. Unlike drivers of cars and trucks, bikes don't have the same protection for riders and passengers, so in the event of a collision motorcyclists often suffer extremely serious life-threatening injuries. Mark Anderson has been helping injured motorcyclist and their families as a personal injury lawyer throughout the North Texas region since 1991. If you or a loved one has been hurt in traffic wreck while riding a motorcycle, it is important that you consult with a board certified auto accident attorney who can explain your legal rights and options to pursue compensation related to injuries sustained in the crash.
Many of the motorcycle accident cases we handle are related to crashes caused by drivers not paying proper attention. While distracted driving has become a major problem, many drivers also neglect to watch out for motorcyclists on the roads. Too many times we've heard the at-fault driver give the excuse that they "just didn't see the motorcycle" until it was too late. In the eyes of the law, the negligence of these drivers makes them at fault for the collision so you have a legal right to pursue compensation to cover your medical bills and other costs from their insurance company. Even if the biker is partially responsible, the rider still has a right to pursue a claim for damages.
The Anderson Law Firm has long been an advocate and supporter of Texan motorcyclists. Mark Anderson wrote the book Roadmap To Winning Your Texas Motorcycle Accident Case which is offered complimentary to injured bikers and their families. Our firm was the sponsor of the Ride Safe, Rider Sober program which provided a free ride home to motorcyclists across Ft Worth. We also maintain a catalogue of mechanics across the Dallas-Fort Worth area who specialize in motorcycle repairs. In the event that you chose us to represent you for your personal injury case, we would also be happy to handle your property damage claim too.
Learn more in our helpful overview: Motorcycle Accidents 101
Motorcycle Riders Have Rights
The personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm believe that motorcyclists have just as much right to be on the road as other motorists. Whether you ride solo or in a group, whether you commute to work and home every day or just enjoy Sunday rides throughout the summer - you have a right to ride your motorcycle and get where you going safely. Motorcyclists have the same rights are other drivers.
If you are injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle you have rights. Bike wreck injuries can usually mean expensive hospital stays and doctor bills, not to mention having to miss a significant amount of time off work causing a loss of income. In Texas, you have a legal right to seek compensation from the at fault driver's insurance company.
Due to the frequently serious nature of motorcycle wreck injuries, it is recommended that you consult with a lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. The Anderson Law Firm has helped out many motorcycle riders and their families in the past, and we would be happy to consult with you and advise you of your legal rights. We are able to immediately investigate the accident, either through our in-house investigative services, or through the retention of accident reconstruction experts. We are also able to help in the event of a fatal motorcycle crash.
Frequent Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks
The most common cause of wrecks involving motorcycles is the inattention of the other driver and accounts for roughly 7- percent of all traffic accidents involving motorcyclists. Some of the more common scenarios include:
Poor road conditions, drunk drivers and excessive speeding are also all frequent contributors to fatal motorcycle crashes. If you or a loved one is hurt while riding a motorcycle you do have legal rights and should contact a board certified PI lawyer.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The past few years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of motorcyclists on the roads around Fort Worth. According to TxDOT the number of motorcyclists in Texas has roughly doubled in the last decade, with the current figure around 423,000. It is estimated that this will double once more before 2015.
66 percent of motorcycle accidents result in the death of the rider. In 2009 (the most recent data available) motorcycle riders and their passengers accounted for a total of 14 percent of all vehicular deaths (434 in total). A further 5,800 individuals were seriously injured in Texas. Nationwide, a total of 4,462 motorcycle riders were killed in 2009 accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Anderson Law Firm strongly encourages the use of motorcycle helmets. In 2008 alone, 1,829 lives were saved because those riders were wearing helmets. The NHTSA estimates a further 823 fatalities could have been prevented if those bikers had chosen to wear a helmet.
You Deserve An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer To Fight For You
Every personal injury case is different. Regardless of your personal situation, the attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm promise to give your case our very best effort and to do everything in our power to make sure an injured motorcycle rider or their family are treated fairly and are compensated for their devastating injuries. We have the necessary resources to make sure that the case is properly pursued until a favorable outcome is received.
To discuss your individual case with an attorney, call us toll free at 800-354-MARK (6275). There is no obligation, and the initial consultation is always free of charge. Alternatively, you can call us locally at 817-294-1900 in Fort Worth or 214-327-8000 in Dallas. You can also request a complimentary copy of Mark Anderson's book Roadmap To Winning Your Texas Motorcycle Accident Case.
We have the necessary resources to make sure that the case is properly pursued until a favorable outcome is received.
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