When families come to us after losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident, we know that they’re experiencing one of the hardest times in their lives. Fatal accidents are tragic, and we take our responsibility to survivors seriously.
Another driver’s negligence should never endanger your financial security or limit your family’s future. If another driver or motorcycle rider was at fault for your loved one’s death, you have the right to pursue compensation for your loss. With decades of experience and millions of dollars recovered, our motorcycle accident lawyers know what it takes to win wrongful death claims in Texas and how to secure the compensation you and your family deserve. To discuss your options, contact us online or call 817-294-1900.
We offer free initial consultations, and if you don’t recover compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
We Have Experience Handling Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, our veteran attorneys regularly handle wrongful death claims arising from:
- Head-on motorcycle accidents
- Rear-end motorcycle accidents
- Side impact motorcycle accidents
- Left-turn motorcycle crashes
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Gravel and other road defects
- Vehicle blind spots
- Vehicle doors opened in motorcycle’s path
- Motorcycles leaving the road accidents
If your loved one lost their life under these or any other circumstances, do not hesitate to call our fatal motorcycle accident lawyers. You should talk with an experienced attorney about your loved one’s accident, your current situation, and the possibility of recovering compensation.
When we take on a new motorcycle accident case, our lawyers look at all of the facts of the crash and gather as much evidence as possible to determine what happened and who was directly responsible. By taking quick, assertive action, we ensure that when we move forward with a fatal motorcycle accident lawsuit, we recover maximum compensation for you and your family.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT VICTIM WINS $700,000 SETTLEMENT
Who Can File a Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Claim?
One of the most important reasons to talk with a lawyer after a fatal motorcycle crash in Fort Worth is to learn about Texas’ wrongful death law. While not every fatal accident will lead to a wrongful death claim and not every relative is eligible to receive compensation, we can advise you about your eligibility and what to expect if you pursue a claim.
Under Texas law, a wrongful death claim arises when a motorcyclist is killed because of another person’s wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or failure to act. Additionally, a wrongful death claim requires that your loved one would have had a valid personal injury claim had they lived after the accident. If your relative could not have brought a legal claim for themselves after a motorcycle accident, then you may not have a lawful wrongful death claim. For an analysis of whether a wrongful death claim exists, speak with our fatal motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as you can.
Once you and your family assess your situation, then comes the time to decide who can and will file the claim. Texas law enables a surviving spouse, child, or parent to file. You may choose to bring the lawsuit yourself, or you and these other relatives may file together. If none of you bring the lawsuit, then the executor of your loved one’s estate may have the right to file on your behalf.
Compensation After a Fatal Motorcycle Crash
If you are the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a biker killed in a fatal crash, finances may be one of your top concerns. You may be dealing with medical expenses accrued between the time of the accident and your loved one’s passing, funeral and burial expenses, and the loss of their income. All of this can quickly add up, and if you do not recover compensation, it may deplete your savings and jeopardize your financial stability. Our fatal motorcycle accident lawyers understand that you do not want to concentrate on money, but it is often a necessity, which is why we will aggressively pursue fair and full wrongful death compensation on your behalf.
We pursue compensation for:
- Loss of your relative’s income
- Loss of a potential inheritance
- Loss of your relative’s household services
- Loss of the decedent’s spousal services
- Loss of decedent’s parental guidance and services
- Loss of your relative’s love, care, support, and companionship
- Funeral and burial expenses, if a family member paid them
- Surviving relative’s grief, emotional distress, and mental anguish
- Costs of surviving relative’s mental health care
Punitive Damages After Deadly Motorcycle Crashes
In some circumstances, you may have the right to pursue punitive damages. The other damages listed are compensatory and meant to compensate you for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are intended to punish the wrongdoer. They are not available in fatal motorcycle accidents where ordinary negligence was the cause. However, if we can prove the other motorist is guilty of reckless or intentional conduct, we can seek punitive damages on your family’s behalf.
Who Receives Compensation From Motorcycle Wrongful Death Claims?
Texas law provides wrongful death compensation for surviving spouses, children, and parents. The compensation recovered through a wrongful death trial or settlement will be divided between these relatives. The proportion of compensation for each party can be based on a family agreement, which is common when a settlement is reached. However, if a jury decides your wrongful death claim, then the jurors may decide how the recovery is to be divided among the surviving family members.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statute of Limitations
We know you’re going through a very difficult time, but if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle crash, you should speak with our fatal motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as you can. You have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. The Texas statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is two years. This means that after a fatal crash, you will typically have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file suit.
How Long Does it Take to Settle a Motorcycle Claim?
No two fatal motorcycle accidents are the same, which means it is impossible to tell how long a motorcycle claim will take to settle. It depends on a number of factors, including whether the at-fault party has insurance coverage, whether the other party claims your loved one was also at fault, and whether an insurer is willing to settle or requires that you take your claim to trial.
For a more thorough overview of motorcycle accident wrongful death claims and how long they take, call Anderson Injury Lawyers.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Texas
In 2017, 470 motorcycle operators were killed in crashes throughout the state, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Of these fatal motorcycle collisions, 236 were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Another 31 motorcycle passengers were killed in accidents, with 22 not wearing helmets. Overall, 52% of motorcycle riders in fatal accidents were not wearing helmets at the time.
Let Our Fatal Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Fight For You
When you are grieving after a fatal motorcycle accident, it can be challenging to try and research Texas’ wrongful death law, determine if you have a case, and decide whether or not to file a lawsuit. Instead of taking this on alone, work with an experienced attorney from Anderson Injury Lawyers. We are here to investigate the crash that took your loved one’s life and analyze your options under current Texas law. We will outline your legal options, and if you choose to move forward with a wrongful death claim, we will fight hard for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.