ATTORNEY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
Last year, 412 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in Texas, an average exceeding one person every day. More than 1,800 people were seriously injured. A vehicle, such as a motorcycle, involved in a crash without the normal safety features of seatbelts, airbags, and enclosed spaces often results in far more severe injuries. There is simply little to protect you.
Motorcycle accidents often involve catastrophic injuries. For those injured, and their families, life may never be the same.
At Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law, I help motorcycle accident victims and their families hold those at fault accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the actions or negligence of another party, you have the right to take legal action to pursue fair financial compensation. Contact me for a free consultation. I represent clients in Houston, Webster, South Houston, and Pasadena, Texas, and the surrounding areas.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Motorcyclists get a bad rap for being careless, and insurers will try to use that stereotype to reduce or negate your claim. But there are steps you should take after a crash to help bolster your case:
Call the police
Make sure you get all necessary medical treatment for your injuries
Don’t admit fault to anyone and try to remain calm
Exchange information with the other driver involved in the crash
Get the names and contact information for any witnesses
Take photos of the motorcycle, vehicles, roadway, and debris
Don’t post any photos or other information about the crash on social media
Contact your motorcycle insurer
If anyone representing any potentially liable party or their insurers calls you, do not speak to them. Tell them you are consulting an attorney
Retain a personal injury attorney
Texas is a fault state meaning that the person responsible for causing the injury is liable for paying the damages. Determining who was at fault for a crash is critical to your claim. Fault can be shared by you and the operator of the vehicle.
Texas enforces safety laws that must be observed by all drivers, including those on motorcycles. Texas law prohibits motorcyclists from driving between lanes (often referred to as lane splitting) when traffic is slow or stopped. Where this is violated, the motorcyclist could be at fault for any resulting accident.
Texas follows what is known as the 51 percent bar rule which means that if you are 51% or more at fault for your injury, you are unable to collect damages from the other party. Furthermore, Texas uses a modified comparative fault standard which reduces the amount of compensation you can collect by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were awarded $50,000 in damages, but it was determined that you were 20 percent at fault for the accident occurring, then you would receive $40,000.
IF YOUR LOVED ONE WAS INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
If your spouse or loved one was incapacitated in a motorcycle crash, you can file a personal injury claim on their behalf. For example, if your spouse suffered a serious head injury in the crash which renders them incapable of making decisions, holding a job, or even taking care of normal daily activities, your attorney can assert a personal injury claim.
If your loved one was killed, a surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person may file a wrongful death claim.
Establishing negligence of the other party is critical to your ability to recover damages on behalf of your loved one. The cost of taking care of an incapacitated spouse, or in the wake of their death, can be devastating.
DAMAGES THAT MAY BE RECOVERED
In Texas, you can recover special damages and general damages from a negligent driver.
Special damages include more quantifiable damages such as:
medical expense and future medical expense
lost wages and future lost wages
General damages are less quantifiable but include:
pain and suffering
Spouses of injured or deceased victims can also make a claim for loss of consortium. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your accident, it's imperative that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to pursue justice for your case. If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident, don't face your legal challenges on your own. Contact my firm today to schedule a free case consultation and discuss the details of your case.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
SERVING HOUSTON, TEXAS
At Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law, I have the experience and resources you need to pursue fair compensation. I will investigate the claim, help prove liability, negotiate with the insurance companies, and if necessary, represent you in court. I will fight to hold the person responsible for your damages accountable for their negligence. Call my office today to schedule a free consultation. I represent personal injury victims in Webster, Texas as well as Houston, Pasadena, Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Alvin, Dickinson, and Bacliff.