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What Damages Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me Win?

If it’s determined that another party (like the driver of another car) is at least 51% responsible for the accident, you may be entitled to legal damages, or compensation for your losses. If you are deemed to be partly responsible for your injuries or losses, the amount you receive will be reduced by your percentage of responsibility.

Damages are divided into two broad categories: special (or economic) damages and general (or non-economic) damages.

Economic Damages for Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Special damages are easier to calculate as they are losses with a concrete dollar amount attached to them. Examples include:

  • The cost of repairs to your motorcycle — or the fair market value of the bike, if lower than estimated repair costs
  • All medical bills and copays: hospital stays, medications, medical devices you might need such as crutches, therapy and rehabilitation
  • The cost of non-medical in-home services, such as cleaning help, if you are unable to perform the duties yourself due to your injuries
  • Lost wages and loss of earning capacity.

Non-Economic Damages Related to a Motorcycle Crash

General damages are designed to compensate you for injuries that, while very real, are more subjective when it comes to determining an actual dollar amount. Examples include:

  • Pain and suffering — physical, emotional, and mental
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of companionship or consortium.

In some cases, you may receive punitive damages as well. These are designed to punish the other party and are applicable only if the accident was determined to be caused by gross negligence or an intentional act.

To learn more about the types of damages that may be applicable in your case, give us a call. Our team will schedule for you a free consultation with our experienced West Texas Motorcycle Accident lawyer at the Hanna Law Firm.

Were You Wearing a Helmet?

It’s worth noting that when it comes to motorcycle accidents in Texas, whether you were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident may come into play when determining liability. If you were not wearing a helmet and sustained a head injury, the insurance company may argue that you were partly at fault for your injuries — even though helmet use is not required by law for motorcycle riders aged 21 or older.

Why Do I Need a Good Motorcycle Accident Attorney on My Side?

Don’t try to single-handedly navigate the insurance and legal issues that crop up after an accident. You may think that you will be saving money by handling it alone, but in all likelihood you’ll be leaving a significant sum on the table.

Unfortunately, even though most bikers are careful and conscientious drivers, they tend to be perceived as wild or even unlawful. This bias can affect not only people’s perceptions, but how liability is determined in an accident. Adjusters may assume that because you are a motorcyclist, you are at least partly to blame even if you’re not.

Don’t Take a Settlement Offer Without Talking to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer First

When insurers evaluate any sort of claim, their priority is not to compensate the injured person fully for their losses. Their priority is to save the insurance company money. In fact, after an accident, an insurance company representative may very well approach you with an offer of money. And as you are focusing on your recovery and struggling to pay your bills, you may be tempted to accept this payout. That’s exactly what they want you to do, because by doing so you give up your right to pursue legal action or a larger settlement.

The only way to get a fair shake from the insurance company is to hire a motorcycle injury lawyer to represent your best interests. At the Hanna Law Firm, we will thoroughly research your case to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable. We will use our knowledge and experience to calculate the full scope of your losses related to the accident — past, present, and future. And we will be your advocate — over the negotiating table, in the courtroom, or both. Use our online form or call us at (432) 580-4878 to get your free consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyer.

My Family Member Was Killed in a Motorcycle Accident. How Can a West Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?

If you’ve lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident and the other party is determined to be 51% or more at fault, you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. You must be a close family member — a spouse, parent, or child — to bring a wrongful death case. Damages in a wrongful death case may cover:

  • Loss of income
  • Medical bills from prior to the deceased’s death
  • Funeral expenses
  • Lost love and companionship
  • Lost inheritance (what the deceased could have been expected to earn and leave to family members over a normal life span).

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents happen for all sorts of reasons — in some cases the biker is at fault; in some cases another vehicle is at fault; in many cases more than one party bears some measure of responsibility.

  • A collision with a car may happen simply because the driver of the larger vehicle failed to see the motorcycle or failed to accurately judge its speed or distance. This is such a problem that Texas has implemented a “Share the Road” motorcycle safety campaign.
  • Alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in many crashes.
  • Many accidents occur when a driver is distracted — often by a cell phone or other device.
  • Speeding is a factor in many crashes involving motorcycles and cars.
  • Motorcyclists are at enormous risk of being hit by a car making a left-hand turn.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Unlike people in cars, bike riders have virtually no protection in an accident. Add high speeds and other vehicles many times a motorcycle’s size, and you have a recipe for devastating injury. Some of the injuries motorcyclists are at high risk for include:

  • Biker’s arm ― This term encompasses various types of injuries that may happen to an arm when a bike rider instinctively puts it down to brace a fall.
  • Road rash occurs when a rider comes off the bike and slides against pavement. It can range in severity from superficial bruises and scrapes to severe lacerations and muscle damage.
  • Head, brain, and facial injuries may occur with or without a helmet, but a helmet reduces their likelihood and severity.
  • Broken bones are common in motorcycle accidents as riders may be thrown hard against the pavement in a crash.
  • Neck injuries are common in motorcycle crashes.

How to Stay Safe on Texas Roads

Like all motorists, you as a biker are required to obey all traffic laws, including those specific to motorcyclists. But it’s a good idea to take additional steps to keep you and your passengers safe.

  • If you are over the age of 21 and have at least $10k in medical insurance or have completed a state-approved motorcycle operator training course, you are not required by law to wear a helmet. But you should, as should all of your passengers.
  • If you are an inexperienced driver, don’t take to the highway right away. Practice in a closed area with no traffic, and make sure you know how to handle your bike under various conditions.
  • Always make sure you and your passengers are dressed properly — leather, nonskid boots, gloves.
  • Give your passengers a quick lesson on how to sit on the bike and how to handle curves before taking off.
  • Before each ride, check your bike’s tires, brakes, lights, and fluid levels.
  • Ride defensively. Stay out of blind spots and never assume a car driver sees you.

Call a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer at the Hanna Law Firm

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If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, call an Abilene motorcycle accident attorney at the Hanna Law Firm as soon as possible. Don’t accept a payout from an insurance company before consulting us. We will thoroughly research your case and fight to get you the maximum amount of money your claim warrants. Call (432) 580-4878 or get in touch with us online. We have offices in Abilene, Midland, and Odessa.