Only rarely are Austin motorcycle accidents are caused by errors on the part of the motorcyclist. Almost all of the time it is drivers of other motor vehicles who are responsible for causing the crashes. Common behaviors leading to crashes include:
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents
- Turning in front of the motorcycle
- Speeding and other forms of reckless driving
- Driving while distracted or fatigued
- Lane drifting or changing lanes without signaling
- Failure to yield
- Not following road signs or signals
- Following motorcycles too closely
- Driving aggressively
- Failure to check blind spots before changing lanes
While the cause of the accident may seem obvious, a full investigation is required to uncover all of the factors in your crash. Our goal is to find the party responsible for your accident and hold them accountable.
What to Do After an Accident
It’s difficult to think clearly after an accident, since adrenaline can put you into fight-or-flight mode and prevent you from remaining calm. Take a few seconds to regain your composure after a crash, and then follow these steps to protect yourself and your rights.
01 Call 911
Call the Austin Police Department and tell them about any injuries you or your passengers have sustained. Request emergency assistance, if necessary.
02 Gather Any Available Evidence
If you are able, take photos and video footage of the accident scene. This provides valuable evidence that can be used to determine liability.
03 Exchange Contact Information
Exchange information with the other driver and any witnesses who observed the crash and stopped to help.
04 Get a Medical Checkup
Even if you do not appear to be injured, you must get checked by a doctor. Some injuries take time to show up, and every moment matters if you sustain life-threatening injuries. Nearby facilities include SignatureCare Emergency Center, Austin Emergency Center, Austin Emergency Center on South Lamar, and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.
05 Contact an Attorney
The other party’s insurance company will likely reach out to you promptly after the accident. If possible, you should have an attorney by that time. This may help you secure a fair settlement and avoid giving up your right to sue.
In most cases, motorcycle accident claims are settled out of court between the victim’s attorney and the liable party’s insurance provider. However, the path to a fair settlement can be bumpy for motorcyclists. Insurance providers often try to put blame on the motorcyclist and limit their client’s liability.
Depending on the details of your accident, you may be able to secure compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and lost future wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, and disability.
We have an impressive track record of successful claims, including:
- A $700,000 settlement for a motorcyclist who was run over by a bus
- $450,000 for a motorcyclist who crashed after encountering highway debris
- $250,000 for a motorcyclist hit by a driver making a left turn
- Driver’s failure to yield led to a $250,000 settlement for a motorcyclist
Motorcycle Accident Victim Wins $700,000 Settlement
$450,000 to Motorcycle Crash Victim After Hitting Debris in Highway
Injured Motorcyclist Receives $250,000 Settlement
Motorcycle Rider Gets $250,000 Settlement
$210,000 for Waco Motorcyclist Who Wrecked While Test-Driving Harley
Additional Information about motorcycle accidents
What You Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Austin
As you consider your legal options, make sure you know all the relevant facts.
- Statute of limitations. Under Texas law, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, it is recommended that you begin the legal process as soon as possible after your crash.
- Fatal crashes. If someone you love has died in a motorcycle accident, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim.
- Comparative negligence. Texas utilizes modified comparative negligence law, which states that victims may still recover compensation if they were partially negligent in the crash. However, you must be 50% or less at fault to secure compensation. Your award will be reduced by your level of negligence.
If you suffered harm in an accident or any incident caused by negligence, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. We offer individualized attention, over 25 years of experience, and everything you need to get everything you deserve.
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