Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
When it comes to a motorcycle accident, we know that no matter how careful you are, you cannot control the choices of truck and car operators. Unlike passenger vehicles, motorcycles do not protect riders from impact, and as a result, bikers are routinely thrown from their motorcycles in a crash. An unfortunate reality is that bikers are usually the ones killed in an accident or who suffer serious and life-changing injuries. Our compassionate Motorcycle Accident Lawyer can help.
Our Austin law offices have represented motorcycle accident victims for decades. Not only do we have the experience, but we have also recovered significant compensation for our clients. Our team is local and can meet with you within minutes. We will help you get every cent you need and deserve for your recovery.
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to take legal action against the driver who caused your crash. Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm today for a free consultation.
About Our Austin Injury Law Offices
Compassionate Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Our compassionate legal team will handle your case with sound judgment, honesty and dependability.
We have strong ties to the Austin community which drives us to work tirelessly to get our clients the favorable outcomes they deserve.
Our attorneys consistently achieve some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Experience
Our attorneys understand that passenger vehicles often view motorcyclists differently than they do other vehicles, and oftentimes don’t respect the motorcycle’s position on the roadways. We provide skilled and experienced legal representation for injury clients. When the insurance company tries to bully you into a settlement that won’t cover your bills, an Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer from our team has the resources to advocate for you in the courtroom.
According to TxDOT, the Austin area is one of the worst in Texas for fatal motorcycle crashes. For example, in 2019, 412 motorcyclists were killed in Texas, and more than 1,800 were seriously injured. Austin accounted for 710 motorcycle crashes, with 40 deaths and 169 seriously injured bikers.
For bikers, hiring an attorney can help restore their quality of life. Often, to maximize their profits, insurance companies want to minimize compensation and the amount they pay you. What may seem like a fair offer is often significantly less than the sum needed to cover long-term medical costs, lost wages, delayed injuries, or unaccounted damages.
Is hiring an Austin motorcycle accident lawyer necessary?
Yes. Motorcycle injuries are some of the most severe ones our legal team sees, no matter the time of year. The American legal system allows you to recover the money you lose when you’ve suffered injuries. An Austin injury lawyer can investigate the scene of your crash, preserve evidence, subpoena witnesses and file a lawsuit if needed. These claims are not easy and require serious commitment through time and resources. We have a network of experts to assess the value of your claim correctly.
How much do you charge for legal representation?
Our injury lawyers do not collect fees until we successfully resolve your case.
Retaining legal counsel with The Carlson Law Firms means there is no risk to you. Our injury attorneys work on contingency, meaning you will not pay any upfront costs or legal fees. If we successfully recover money for you, we will take our fees out of your settlement or judgment. You can also speak with your attorney about help with medical bills.
We have two Austin law offices available 24/7 to serve your needs when you need it most.
Who Can I Hold Liable for My Austin Motorcycle Injuries?
Hiring an attorney is a crucial step to pursuing compensation for vehicle crashes because we can identify all of the parties who played a role in causing your injuries. Through an investigation we may find the following responsible parties:
- Employers of negligent drivers
- Drivers of passenger vehicles
- Truck drivers
- Other bikers
- Government officials from the state, county or city of Austin
- Manufacturers of defective equipment
With an Austin motorcycle accident lawyer on your side, you will be able to stand up to big insurance and big corporations who may deny or devalue your claim.
Common Motorcycle Accidents our Austin Injury Lawyers See
According to the most recent data, there are an estimated 328,300 motorcycles registered in the state of Texas. The common causes of crashes our injury lawyers see on Austin roadways include the following:
- Left-hand turn crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Blind spots
- Lane switching
- Drunk driving crashes
- Fixed object crashes
- Road hazards
Identifying the responsible parties after a motorcycle crash is crucial to ensure you receive you money you need to recover. Our personal injury team will get you the compensation you deserve.
FAQs: Motorcycle Accidents
What are the Most Common Motorcycle Injuries in Austin?
Because you are completely exposed on a motorcycle, you can suffer severe injuries to any part of your body in an accident; however, 30% of all motorcycle injuries are to the legs and feet. 22% of injuries are to the head and neck. Below are some types of injuries that riders often experience as a result of a motorcycle crash:
- Broken bones; dislocations
- Skull fracture
- Amputation injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis; quadriplegia; paraplegia
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain
- Lacerations, road burn, scarring, and disfigurement
Our motorcycle accident lawyers will carefully investigate the circumstances around your crash. We have the resources to hire the right experts, crash-scene reconstructionists, and doctors to ensure all liable parties are identified. Our team will leave no stone unturned when pursuing your claim.
What are Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes?
The most common cause of a motorcycle accident is an automobile or truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist, especially at an intersection when the motor vehicle is making a left turn in the face of an oncoming motorcycle.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you are not alone. Over 5,000 people are killed each year in motorcycle accidents, and over 100,000 motorcyclists and their passengers are injured.
Because of their relatively small size, motorcycles may be difficult to see on the road, requiring other drivers to pay attention to their driving and the road ahead of them and obey all traffic signs and signals. Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is roads that are in unsafe condition, either because of potholes or uneven surfaces.
Researchers at Texas Tech University found that the human brain has a harder time accurately perceiving small objects that are close by than larger objects that are farther away. The implication for motorcycle riders is that drivers in cars and trucks may have a hard time accurately knowing how close motorcyclists are to their vehicles and may be unable to judge the motorcyclist’s speed, increasing the chance of an accident.
Who is at Fault in Most Motorcycle Accidents?
Victims of motorcycle crashes can suffer injuries to every part of their bodies. The recovery from injuries like broken bones, nerve damage, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries and more can be a life-long journey. A qualified personal injury attorney from The Carlson Law Firm can help you get the treatment you need. Our firm has the resources and experience to get you the recovery you deserve. The most common reasons bike crash injuries occur include:
- Driver Error: The most common motorcycle crash occurs when a car turns in front of a bike, hits the motorcyclist while changing lanes, or runs into the biker at a stop light. Common reasons for the driver not seeing the motorcyclist are: inattention, distractions, blind spots and the driver is looking for cars rather than motorcycles. Motorcycles can easily fit into blind spots, and drivers looking for cars aren’t psychologically programmed to see motorcycles.
- Faulty Equipment: Accidents can happen even when no driver is at fault. Vehicle defects that slip past the manufacturer can cause an accident, or faulty safety equipment may fail to protect travelers the way it should. When products fail and cause harm that should have been avoided, a skilled lawyer may find it necessary to pursue a product liability case.
- Dangerous Conditions. Motorcycle technology has developed over the years to improve rider safety. Many bikes now come equipped with anti-lock braking systems and traction control. However, these developments still may not eliminate all dangers. Poorly maintained roads, liquids that are leaked or spilled on surfaces, or improperly engineered streets and highways can lead to accidents and injuries.
Our Austin motorcycle accident lawyers have successfully represented thousands of motorcycle victims. Consultations are free and available 24/7.
How Long do I have to Contact an Injury Attorney After a Wreck?
Generally speaking, in Texas, you have two years to contact a lawyer after the incident. Contact an Austin personal injury lawyer as soon as you recognize you’re injured.
What Compensation Can I Get if I'm Hurt in Motorcycle Crash?
In negotiations or litigation against an insurance company or negligent party, the attorneys in our office may be able to help you recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
This list may not be exhaustive of all the compensation that the defendants owe you. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are extremely skilled in getting the recovery you deserve. In addition, our attorneys can identify other expenses defendants should fully compensate you for. If we can’t get the settlement you deserve through negotiations, we will take your case to court.
How Much Money Will I Get For My Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Motor vehicle accident verdicts and settlements can vary depending on various factors. Your state, the jurisdiction where the accident occurred and the facts of the case can influence award amounts. Generally speaking, hospital bills, car repair bills and quotes from mechanics influence what an insurance company is willing to pay.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Lost Loved One in a Motorcycle Crash?
Yes. If a person is killed due to a negligent or wrongful act on a Texas roadway, immediate family members of the deceased are eligible to file a wrongful death claim to receive compensation.
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Contact an Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When you are injured in a crash, contact an attorney with the experience and know-how to represent you. An Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyer is available at 800-359-5690, or by filling out an accident contact form. The Carlson Law Firm has two convenient locations in Austin.
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