Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver? We can fight for you
Experienced Dallas motorcycle accident attorneys know how complicated such legal cases can be for many injured riders. That’s because they often get blamed for causing such collisions – even when another driver was clearly at fault.
So what should you do after a motorcycle accident in Dallas? What if you’re seriously injured and your crash was caused by another driver? What are your rights? What are your options? Make sure you make the right call. Make sure you talk to a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer at The Marye Law Firm. We can help.
For more than two decades, our dedicated legal team has been there for injured motorcyclists when they need us the most. Dallas attorney Eric H. Marye knows how the legal system works in Texas. As a result, he won’t waste any time handling your motorcycle accident case. He’ll get right to work, demanding the money you rightfully deserve.
Our legal team can also explain the different legal options available to you. Such choices often include filing a motorcycle accident injury claim or a motorcycle accident lawsuit. Whatever you decide to do, we can be there for you every step of the way.
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Why should I hire a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer?
You might think you don’t need an attorney if another driver clearly caused your Dallas motorcycle accident. But the reality is many motorcycle accident claims turn into complicated legal cases.
Sometimes, it’s because the at-fault driver denies doing anything wrong. Other times, the at-fault driver’s insurance company makes a lowball settlement offer or denies your claim. Either way, you might not get the money you rightfully deserve for your motorcycle accident injury-related expenses.
And even if the Dallas police or the Texas Highway Patrol is investigating your motorcycle accident, they’re only focused on determining why your crash happened. They’re not concerned with whether you’re fairly compensated. That’s your lawyer’s job. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced Dallas motorcycle accident attorney on your side.
Why you should choose The Marye Law Firm
The law firm you hire to handle your Dallas motorcycle accident claim matters. We believe The Marye Law Firm is the right choice for many different reasons, including:
- Decades of experience handling motorcycle accident claims
- In-depth knowledge of the legal system in Dallas and throughout Texas
- Familiarity with state and federal motorcycle accident laws
- Awareness of deadlines and the urgency associated with such cases
- Ability to negotiate effectively with insurance companies
- Courtroom experience with motorcycle accident lawsuits
- Sizable settlements and verdicts consistently obtained by our law firm
How much is my case worth?
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver, you should be financially compensated for all your accident-related expenses. This is because Texas has an at-fault car accident insurance system. That means you should be financially compensated by the at-fault party.
So what does this mean in terms of your motorcycle injury claim? It could be worth thousands of dollars or significantly more. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re compensated for all your accident expenses, including:
- Emergency medical treatment, including surgery
- Follow-up medical care
- Physical therapy
- Repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Lost income if you cannot work while you’re recovering from your crash
- Future income if you cannot return to work due to a permanent disability
Causes of motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle accidents caused by another driver often involve negligence. In general, the at-fault driver did something they should not have done, resulting in an accident. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Tailgating driver who didn’t leave enough space between vehicles
- Speeding driver who didn’t have time to slow down to avoid a crash
- Distracted driver, especially texting driver, who claims they “didn’t see” the motorcycle
- Reckless drivers who change lanes without looking, causing a motorcycle crash
- Aggressive drivers who don’t share the road with motorcyclists
- Tired drivers who fall asleep and crash into motorcycles
- Drunk drivers (or impaired drivers under the influence of drugs) crashing into motorcyclists
Types of motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle crashes caused by other drivers cover a wide range. Some of the most common – and most serious – motorcycle accidents include:
- Rear-end – Aggressive drivers who follow riders too closely often cause rear-end motorcycle accidents. Such crashes might seem minor. But motorcyclists can easily sustain serious injuries due to reckless drivers who crash into the back of their motorcycles.
- Speeding – Drivers need to obey the posted speed limit. Otherwise, speeding drivers don’t have enough time or space to avoid crashing into a motorcycle. Speeding accidents often result in severe injuries, especially on highways like I-20, I-35, and I-45 in Dallas.
- Head-on – When drivers crash head-on into a motorcycle, the consequences can be catastrophic. Often, head-on collisions involving motorcycles occur on busy city streets like Skillman Street in Dallas or rural roads in northern Texas.
- Intersection – Accidents at intersections involving motorcyclists often involve drivers not obeying posted traffic laws. Whether it’s running a red light, not stopping at a stop sign, or turning without looking, other drivers frequently cause motorcycle intersection accidents.
- Left-hand turn – At intersections, other drivers often crash into motorcyclists while making a left-hand turn. Drivers may claim they didn’t see the motorcyclist. But that’s no excuse. When drivers cause left-hand turn motorcycle crashes, they should be held accountable for their actions.
- Lane switching – Many times, drivers cause motorcycle crashes while switching lanes. Other times, motorcyclists attempting to change lanes are struck by another driver. Either way, lane switching accidents often result in serious injuries to motorcyclists.
- Dooring – Motorcyclists often sustain severe injuries when drivers in parked vehicles open the car door without looking. Suddenly, a passing motorcyclist can crash into the open car door. That’s why such collisions are known as dooring accidents.
Whatever type of motorcycle accident you’re dealing with in Dallas, make sure you fully understand your rights. Make sure you talk to an attorney at The Marye Law Firm right away.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
Injuries sustained by riders in motorcycle accidents caused by other drivers cover a wide range. Such injuries often include:
- Concussion – This type of head injury often doesn’t get the attention it rightfully deserves. Because such closed brain injuries are often called mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions might not seem that serious. But as any motorcyclist knows, a concussion (which involves bruising of the brain) can have serious consequences, including chronic pain, frequent headaches, and memory loss.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – Whether it’s a mild or serious TBI, such head injuries can have serious, life-changing consequences. Many people who sustain a severe TBI in a motorcycle accident might not be able to function normally for the rest of their lives and may require extensive life-long medical care.
- Other head injuries – Injuries to the head sustained in a motorcycle crash can cover a wide range. Other, less common motorcycle head injuries include:
- Skull fractures (broken skull bones)
- Penetrating brain injury (object penetrates the skull and injures the brain)
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) (connective nerve fibers in the brain are torn, often resulting in a coma or permanent brain damage)
- Brain hemorrhage (internal bleeding in the brain)
- Brain hematoma (blood clot in the brain)
- Broken bones – Whether it’s a broken leg, broken arm, or fractures in the hands or feet, motorcycle crashes often result in bone fractures.
- Cuts and lacerations – Because motorcyclists have less protection than people in vehicles, bikers often sustain deep cuts and scrapes in motorcycle accidents. This is especially true if they are thrown from their motorcycle or crushed in a collision.
- Neck injury – Motorcycle injuries involving the neck can cover a wide range, from minor neck sprains to severe neck strains or torn ligaments, or nerve damage in the neck.
- Biker’s arm – Motorcyclists who sustain nerve damage to the arms in an accident often have a medical condition referred to as biker’s arm. This involves damage to the median nerve (located on the inner side of the arm), radial nerve (outside of the arm), or ulnar nerve (often called the funny bone).
- Road rash – An often misunderstood motorcycle injury, road rash involves a biker’s skin being cut or scraped by the road surface. Some people consider road rash a minor injury. But severe road rash can tear several layers of skin off. That’s why medical professionals classify road rash in the same way they classify burn injuries – from first-degree road rash (which is minor) to third-degree road rash (the most severe).
- Back injury – Injuries to the back sustained in a motorcycle accident can cover a wide range. Chronic back pain often occurs due to a motorcycle crash. Spinal cord injuries are also common and can have serious consequences. This includes paralysis, in which injury victims lose their ability to move their legs and sometimes even their arms. What degree of paralysis someone has depends on where their spinal cord injury occurred.
- Organ damage – Motorcyclists often sustain injuries to their internal organs in a crash. Such injuries might include a collapsed lung, liver lacerations, or kidney damage. When this happens, injury victims often need immediate emergency medical care. Otherwise, their lives could be at risk.
- Internal bleeding – What makes internal bleeding injuries so serious and frightening is injury victims might not even realize they’re hurt. This is why motorcyclists should seek immediate medical treatment after a motorcycle crash. If not diagnosed right away, internal bleeding can be life-threatening.
Many motorcycle injuries can be serious and may require emergency medical care, including surgery. This is why injured motorcyclists need to be examined by an EMT, emergency room doctor, or a physician right away. Undiagnosed motorcycle accident injuries can have serious and sometimes even fatal consequences.
Insurance companies and motorcycle accidents
Insurance companies want you to believe they have your best interests at heart after a motorcycle accident, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, they often do everything they can to reduce or deny motorcycle accident injury claims.
This is especially true when it comes to the insurance companies representing the at-fault driver. These companies often play games. Sometimes, they make lowball settlement offers and insist they can’t pay a penny more. Other times, they do everything they can to pay you nothing at all.
Worst of all, their scare tactics sometimes work. That’s because there’s a bias against motorcyclists. Some people think they’re always to blame and that all motorcyclists are reckless thrill-seekers.
We know the truth. We know that most motorcyclists obey the rules of the road. It’s other drivers that are to blame. That’s why we make it our mission to fight for motorcyclists’ rights at The Marye Law Firm. When you have our law firm on your side, we can take on insurance companies on your behalf and demand the money you rightfully deserve.
Should I file a lawsuit?
Sometimes, the best way to get the money you deserve for your motorcycle accident is to file a lawsuit. This is especially true if the at-fault party – or the at-fault party’s insurance company – does not negotiate in good faith and refuses to make a fair settlement offer.
However, it’s important to understand that filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit can be a very complicated process. First, you need to make sure you take legal action on time. In Texas, you only have two years from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit. This is due to the state’s statute of limitations law, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Title 2 § 16.033.
To build a successful legal case, you will also need evidence in support of your lawsuit. This means your case must meet Texas’ burden of proof standards to win your case at trial. The burden of proof simply means you must provide evidence that establishes that you have the right to take legal action. In cases involving a motorcycle accident, this often means:
- Defendant caused your injury due to their negligent or reckless behavior
- You suffered a financial loss (known legally as damages) due to your accident
Make your case matter. Contact The Marye Law Firm
This may be your only opportunity to demand the money you rightfully deserve. Make your motorcycle accident matter. Choose The Marye Law Firm. We can work with you and build a strong legal case. Contact our law firm and schedule a free case evaluation with a Dallas motorcycle accident lawyer you can count on in a crisis. We handle motorcycle injury claims throughout Texas.
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