Due to the lack of external protection, motorcycle riders are at a greater risk of serious injury or death when involved in an accident. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, an average of 6,000 motorcyclists become seriously injured in Texas every year. Spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fractures, and road rash are common injuries in motorcycle accidents. Insurance companies frequently blame motorcycle riders for accidents, even if they were not at fault.
Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you’ve been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident, discussing your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer is essential to protect your right to compensation. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Ceja Law Firm PLLC have a proven track record of obtaining large settlements for Houston-area clients. We offer potential clients a free initial consultation and don’t charge our clients until we obtain compensation on their behalf. Contact Ceja Law Firm PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation.
What To Do After a Houston Motorcycle Accident
The most important thing you should do after a motorcycle accident is to obtain comprehensive medical treatment. Whether you go to the emergency room or visit your doctor after the accident, you need to undergo a thorough examination. Inform the doctor about all of the pain you are feeling and all of the symptoms you’re having. Documenting this process will help you protect your right to legal compensation by proving that the motorcycle accident caused your injuries.
At the accident scene, do not talk to anyone about the cause of the motorcycle accident except the police, or else you may unintentionally admit fault due to the shock and trauma of the motorcycle accident. Try to take photos of the vehicles and any other evidence related to the accident if you can do so safely. An insurance claims adjuster may try to contact you immediately after the accident. We recommend discussing your case with a lawyer who can help you prepare an accurate statement for the insurance company.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After you’ve received medical attention, we recommend reaching out to a Houston motorcycle accident lawyer. Motorcyclists who’ve been injured because of another driver’s negligent actions can take legal action to obtain medical costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering related to the accident. Attorney Jose Ceja will carefully review the facts of your case during your free initial consultation. He will determine the best option to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Dealing with insurance adjusters in a motorcycle accident claim is frustrating and complex. Hiring the right legal counsel to manage your case can maximize the money in your pocket and take the stress out of the equation. You can rest easy knowing we manage every aspect of your case while you focus on your recovery. The more serious your injuries, the more you need a skilled Houston motorcycle lawyer on your side.
We Negotiate Aggressively With the Insurance Company
Whether you are filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or your own insurance company, you will benefit from working with a skilled lawyer. Insurance adjusters know how to deny claims, even when they should pay the victim a fair settlement offer. An insurance adjuster may try to blame you for the motorcycle accident to avoid paying you compensation, or the adjuster may try to convince you that they should only pay a percentage of your damages like medical costs and pain and suffering.
We’ve seen insurance adjusters refuse to pay some medical expenses because they are unrelated or excessive. They often low-ball motorcycle accident victims, giving them a low settlement offer at first to reset their expectations as to the value of the claim. Finally, an insurance adjuster may try to insist that they need a recorded statement from you before they can process your claim.
Dealing with an insurance adjuster is always frustrating. It’s frustrating when you are recovering from a devastating injury and unable to return to work. Claims adjusters hope that people will be desperate and accept a low settlement amount. Attorney Jose Ceja understands all of the tactics insurance adjusters use to avoid paying a fair amount of compensation. He negotiates aggressively with insurance adjusters and holds them accountable on behalf of his clients.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Motorcycle Accident
In Texas, victims of motorcycle accidents have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or company whose negligence caused their injuries. Depending on the facts in your case, pursuing a lawsuit may be more advantageous than seeking compensation through an insurance claim. As the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove the following elements:
- the defendant owed you a duty of care
- the defendant breached that duty of care by acting negligently
- the defendant’s negligence caused the motorcycle accident
- you suffered substantial injuries and damages
An injured motorcyclist can obtain damages, including economic and non-economic damages, through a personal injury lawsuit. Economic damages include easily quantifiable damages such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, medical equipment, and any other financial loss due to the accident. Non-economic damages are more challenging to quantify and provide compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
When the defendant’s extraordinary or willful negligence causes the motorcycle accident, the plaintiff may be entitled to additional punitive damages. For example, if a driver was intoxicated and caused the collision that resulted in your injuries, the court might award punitive damages to punish the driver for drunk driving. Insurance companies cannot offer punitive damages, so pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may be beneficial if the defendant acted egregiously.
Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in a Houston motorcycle accident, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side. The sooner you discuss your case with a lawyer, the sooner your lawyer can begin investigating your case and gathering evidence on your behalf. Contact Ceja Law Firm PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation.