Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving the McKinney Area
Because of its design, a motorcycle accident can easily result in severe to deadly injuries. Without protection from an enclosed area, a motorcycle crash victim’s life can be forever changed due to a collision. Joe and his team are here to help you hold a responsible party accountable.
A driver failing to see a motorcycle is no excuse. Driving a car or truck demands that we be aware of any motor vehicle in any direction on the road, no matter how small, at all times. Failure to see a motorcycle is all the more critical since it can cause the serious injury or death of its operator.
Joe recognizes the challenges that motorcyclists face every day they drive. All too commonly, aggressive drivers are so wrapped up in their own needs they fail to recognize the increasing danger their mood can cause as a motorcyclist approaches their space. To the aggressive driver, motorcycles are a pest that at best should be ignored. Unfortunately, that scenario has led to some grave consequences for all parties involved. Joe knows the law protects motorcycle drivers on equal footing with automobile drivers, and he will see to it that you or your injured loved one are treated fairly. Visiting the site of the accident is where his team will start. If helpful, they will employ specialists and experts to assist in building your case. Joe knows how to get you the justice and fair compensation you or your loved one deserves.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving under the influence
- Sudden stops
- Inexperienced drivers
- Left turn accidents
Motorcycle Accident Settlement
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be severe. You’re looking at numerous injuries, loss of work, and emotional trauma. The medical bills alone will be through the roof. Our injury attorneys will help you fight for compensation.
Types of Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident
- Medical Bills
- Loss of Wages
- Property damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Punitive Damages
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the statute of limitations is currently 3 years, reduced from the original 6 years, to file a claim and seek reparations for your damages. Do not hesitate to call a personal injury attorney now.
Consult a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer With a Record of Success
In the event of a motorcycle accident, you want the best. You want an attorney who can provide results and ensure you receive proper compensation for your injuries and damages. Here at Joe Knows Law, we have a proven track record of success and will ensure favorable results for your case.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycles are 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash when compared to automobiles. When you ride a motorcycle, you are also much more likely to suffer a serious injury when compared to passenger vehicles. It is crucial that motorcyclists always drive carefully and try to anticipate the movements of other cars on the road. By keeping alert and aware of your surroundings, you can minimize your risk of sustaining injury. Sometimes despite your best efforts, negligent drivers still can cause an accident and inflict serious damage. That is when you need an attorney to assist you in getting the compensation you need.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Steps You Can Take to Increase Motorcycle Safety
- Pay extra for antilock breaks.
- Invest in a quality helmet.
- Avoid driving in poor weather.
- Stay alert and look for problem drivers.
- Follow the posted speed limit
Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
In order to successfully evaluate a motorcycle accident, you must consider both the liability of the incident and the damages caused. Liability includes who was at fault for the accident. Should there be no liability, because the individual who hit you was not negligent, then your case could be worth very little in the long run.
Damages, on the other hand, include any injuries or losses experienced as a direct result of the accident. The worse the injury, the more you can receive in compensable injury damages. This includes your medical bills, surgery costs, rehabilitation, prescription medications, loss of work hours, and emotional trauma experienced due to the accident itself.
To file a claim, you should call an attorney as soon as you are well enough to do so. A professional makes the entire process ten times easier than attempting to go at it alone. Simply call someone as soon as possible.
What Damages Can I Receive as a Result of My Accident?
Following a significant accident, there are a few different types of damages you can claim during a personal injury lawsuit should you have sustained any physical, mental, or emotional damages as a direct result. The biggest damages claim you can make to be your medical expenses, though you are also capable of filing for lost wages, diminished employment opportunities, loss of consortium (often called “loss of affection”), and pain and suffering. Your medical expenses will usually by the biggest issue you face following an accident.
Permanent disability is always a factor after a large accident has occurred, unfortunately. To treat such injuries, surgery, the surgeon, ambulance fees, accessories such as crutches, disfigurement, in-home services, prescription medications, and therapy may all be necessary. As you may know, this can all add up significantly, forcing many to file for bankruptcy just to stay afloat. Damages can help rectify the situation and ensure a family can care for themselves throughout the entire ordeal.
What Should I Do If I am Involved in an Accident on My Motorcycle?
When it comes to a motorcycle accident, many people find themselves at a complete loss. No doubt the accident itself was quite traumatizing and injury-inducing if your bike was side-swiped or struck by another vehicle directly. First things first, you should begin by receiving medical care to ensure you are healthy and nothing is seriously wrong. Be sure to hang onto all of the paperwork and documentation revealing your stay in the hospital, any surgeries that may have been required, medications you took, etc. This paperwork will offer comprehensive proof when you begin the process of filing with the insurance company and bringing a lawsuit against those responsible for your accident.
It would be best to call an attorney once you are out of the hospital and completely safe. A professional attorney can guide you through the entire legal process since most people are unsure of where to file, how to file, or what they require.
Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Even If I Have Motorcycle Insurance?
If you have comprehensive motorcycle insurance that covers you after an accident, you should still hire a professional motorcycle accident attorney so you fully understand all of your rights and whether or not you should file a lawsuit. The insurance company, believe it or not, is not your friend or partner. They only act in their own best interests, not yours. To them, you are merely a client or liability that needs to be handled via paperwork and disconnected phone calls. You may see some money to cover medical bills or repair costs, but don’t think for a second these individuals care for your well being.
When it comes to finding an individual who will guide you step-by-step through the entire legal process, look no further than a professional attorney. This individual can offer advice, help with paperwork, find correct evidence for the case, and fight on your behalf.
Most motorcycle accident cases are settled out of court. Working with diligent attorneys ensures a fair settlement can be negotiated without a trial.
Insurance companies are unlikely to offer fair compensation without attorney representation. An experienced attorney will be able to negotiate a settlement that takes into account loss of earnings, medical bills, emotional damage and other issues.
Roads should be maintained to a safe standard. If it can be proven that negligence contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to compensation from local government.