Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
There are more registered motorcycles in Texas than most other states in the country. Only California and Florida have more. When the weather is nice, it’s not uncommon to see dozens of motorcycles filtering in and out of Austin. Unfortunately, roads in Austin are jam-packed and not particularly safe for motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are injured and killed in accidents in Austin every day.
Have you been involved in an Austin motorcycle accident? Do you believe that someone else is at fault for the crash? If so, contact Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP to learn about your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation, and our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you. Your first consultation is free, so call today.
Why Should I Hire an Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident and someone else is to blame, you could be entitled to compensation. However, it can be tough to get the money you deserve. You’re dealing with a lot right now. You don’t need a complex motorcycle injury claim on your plate, too. When you hire an attorney, you give yourself the time you need to get better and put yourself in the best position to win your case.
When you trust the personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP to handle your motorcycle accident claim, we’ll fight for you by:
- Standing up to manipulative insurance companies who are only interested in minimizing your payout
- Thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine the cause(s)
- Identifying everyone who may be liable for your injuries
- Doing our best to mitigate any claims that you share all or some of the blame for the accident, and
- Consulting with experts to assess the value of your motorcycle accident case.
We’ll take an aggressive approach to your case. Our goal is to enter negotiations with the evidence necessary to make the defendant and/or their insurer take responsibility for the harm they’ve caused. We want to secure a fair settlement or award on your behalf.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Austin, TX?
Motorcycle accidents quite common in Austin. In 2015, there were 93 fatal traffic accidents in Austin. Motorcyclists were involved in 16 percent of those fatal crashes. In 2016, there were 77 fatal traffic accidents in the city of Austin. Motorcyclists accounted for 17 percent of those fatalities.
Despite efforts to make roads across the state safer, the rate of motorcycle accidents and fatalities has not declined. In fact, statistics show that motorcycle crashes have been happening more frequently in Texas. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of accidents rose by more than 9 percent. Preliminary statistics for 2019 indicate this trend will continue.
What Causes Motorcycle Crashes?
Negligence is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Austin. Accidents happen when motorists and/or riders fail to exercise caution on the road. Unfortunately, this means that many motorcycle crashes in the city are entirely avoidable.
Negligence is a general term that encompasses a wide range of behaviors. Negligent behaviors that commonly cause motorcycle accidents in Austin include:
- Lane splitting
- Riding on sidewalks
- Riding without protective gear
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Making unsafe turns
- Inexperienced or unlicensed riders
- Fatigued driving and riding
- Driving or riding under the influence, and
Was someone else negligent and cause your motorcycle accident? You can file a lawsuit or insurance claim to recover compensation. Our motorcycle injury lawyers can help. Call our law firm today to learn more.
What If I’m Partly Responsible for My Motorcycle Accident?
Texas is a comparative negligence state. Fault won’t automatically disqualify you from filing a successful personal injury lawsuit. You may still be entitled to compensation as long as someone else also shares some of the blame for the accident. However, you will be barred from seeking money if you’re allocated more than half of the blame for your crash.
Comparative fault rules will have two impacts on your motorcycle accident case.
First, your financial award will be reduced by the degree to which you are at fault. If you share 30 percent of the blame for the motorcycle crash, your award will be reduced by 30 percent. The less fault you share, the more money you can get.
Second, you may be financially responsible for damages others suffer in the same accident. Again, if you’re 30 percent at fault, you’ll be on the hook for 30 percent of other victims’ damages.
Others involved in the accident will probably try to shift some or all of the blame to you. It’s important to work with an attorney who knows how to handle these often baseless claims.
What Are Some Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Motorcyclists are vulnerable to severe and fatal injuries in a crash. At Lorenz & Lorenz, our legal team is prepared to help you fight to recover compensation for all of your crash-related injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Brain injury
- Neck injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Eye injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
Don’t underestimate the extent of your injuries. Seek medical attention immediately after your accident. Prompt medical care will help to prevent your injuries from getting worse and minimize the risk of complications.
When Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Someone else caused your motorcycle accident and injuries. You shouldn’t have to suffer the financial consequences of the crash on your own. You can file a lawsuit to obtain compensation from the at-fault party and/or their insurance company. However, you’ll have to act quickly. Texas limits the amount of time you have to pursue compensation. In most cases, you will have two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file your claim for damages. You must file your claim before the statute of limitations expires.
Protect your right to obtain a financial award for your injuries. Contact Lorenz & Lorenz as soon as you can after your Austin motorcycle crash.
What Damages Are Available To Motorcycle Accident Victims?
The costs of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. Medical bills can add up quickly. You may not be able to work, which will affect your income and ability to make ends meet. Emotional trauma stemming from the crash can prevent you from enjoying your life. The person who caused your accident should be required to compensate you for these – and other – damages. This is precisely what you can do with a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
You may be able to recover monetary damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Our goal is to make sure that you obtain a fair settlement or award. We have working relationships with some of the best medical and vocational experts in Travis County. With their help, we’ll be in a better position to identify all of your damages and assess the value of your claim. We can use this information as leverage during negotiations.
Get Help from Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
An unexpected motorcycle accident can be devastating. Injuries can leave you disabled and struggling to make it ends meet. The person who caused your accident should be held fully accountable for the harm they’ve caused. The Austin personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz can help you obtain the financial award you need during this difficult time in your life.
Contact our office today to schedule a free case assessment. We’ll explain your options and offer preliminary advice about your case. You have a limited amount of time to act, so call today.