Motorcycle Accident in Texas? Bet On a Personal Injury Attorney for Help!
Being in a motorcycle accident can be a devastating experience. An experienced personal injury attorney can help to relieve some of the stress in the situation. If you’ve been in a similar situation, you know some of the thoughts that go through your mind, with the main one being, “Luckily I wasn’t seriously injured!” However, many people who are in motorcycle accidents aren’t so lucky. That’s when your thoughts turn to questions. Who is going to pay all the medical bills? How will I get my bike fixed? What should I do when the insurance company calls me? Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are complicated, sometimes even more complicated than car accident cases. The insurance company will always try to create an issue in a motorcycle accident case.
Your personal injury attorney will help you fight the insurance companies, but it is important to understand the process and terminology of a motorcycle accident personal injury case. There are three basic steps to proving your case. You must first determine what act of negligence caused the accident. Making a left hand turn directly in front of a motorcyclist who has the right of way is one such act. Next you must figure out who is to blame. This may seem simple and clear; unfortunately it usually is not. Insurance companies believe that trial juries do not like motorcyclists in general. They will try to use that to pin some degree of fault on the injured victim. Due to the complicated nature of motorcycle accident cases, it is important that you speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to be sure that you are not taken advantage of.
Once you are over the liability hurdle, you can begin to look at damages. Damages are the money that compensates for the injuries that result from the accident. While money can never really fully make up for an injury, it can help pay medical bills and lost time at work. There are two types of damages. Special damages are concrete and are basically a payment for medical bills, medications, surgeries, hospital stays, etc. General damages are less concrete and cover pain and suffering. These numbers are often hard to determine and are highly subjective from case to case. They are not set-in-stone numbers. For a motorcycle rider, this can include the post-traumatic stress of not being able to get back on your bike. It takes a combination of specific evidence and research to prove your case. That is why it is important to bring your motorcycle accident case to an experience personal injury attorney.
Like car accidents, motorcycle accidents are a timely matter. You need to know that there is a time limit for you to file your claim. For a better understanding of how to handle your motorcycle accident case, give me a call and I will explain how a San Antonio Motorcycle Accident Attorney can help you.