Austin Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Thousands of motorcyclists are involved in accidents each year caused by drivers who are distracted by their phones, intoxicated, or not paying attention to the road. Many of these accidents have disturbing consequences, such as severe injuries and even death.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 4,957 motorcycle fatalities were registered in 2012 on U.S. roads, accounting for 15% of all motor vehicle fatalities, and another 93,000 motorcycle accidents that resulted in personal injuries. Considering the fact that motorcycles make up only a fraction of all vehicles on the road, these numbers are very disconcerting. Motorcycle riders are more prone to injury when they get into an accident than a driver inside a vehicle. A car or truck driver who fails to pay attention to the road for just a second, can cause a horrible accident that can impact somebody for the rest of their life.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Cars making left-hand turns
- Cars failing to use a turn signal
- Intoxicated drivers
- Speeding drivers
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle-related injuries are often life-changing. Even bikers who take all necessary precautions can be seriously injured in a crash through no fault of their own. A motorcycle crash can cause the wrongful death of a loved one or leave the rider with devastating:
- Head or brain trauma
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries that result in permanent or semi-permanent disabilities
- Broken or fractured bones
- Tendon injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Road rash and de-gloving injuries
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash in Austin, Texas, you need a personal injury attorney who has the necessary skills and experience to retrieve the compensation you deserve, but also offers the personalized approach that will help you feel comfortable that your case is handled by an expert motorcycle attorney. Our principal partner, Paul Colley Jr., is an avid biker himself. He understands both the joys and hazards of getting out on the open road, and knows where you’re coming from as a rider.
Thankfully, Paul also knows personal injury trial law. He’s been a motorcycle accident attorney in Austin, Texas for over 30 years. In that time, he’s won more than $50 million on behalf of his clients. These cases include:
A $900,000 recovery for a motorcyclist who suffered brain injuries in a traffic accident.
A $1 Million judgment against truck driver and corporate operator for causing motorcycle accident which resulted in death.
A $1.6 Million recovery for a motorcycle rider who was seriously injured in an unsafe construction zone accident.
Paul has successfully handled motorcycle injury cases caused by:
- Car drivers failing to check their blind spots
- Car drivers driving under the influence of alcohol
- Car drivers speeding or failing to slow down for road hazards
Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Do I Really Need an Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident?
Because insurance companies are fully aware of the fact that most people don’t fully know their rights, nor know exactly what they can get compensation for, they will often try to offer the lowest possible compensation. Insurance companies are not charities after all. An experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies can help you retrieve the compensation to which you are entitled.
If there is a dispute regarding who is the negligent party in your case, an attorney can help investigate your case and gather the necessary evidence to prove the other party’s negligence.
What if I didn’t sustain any severe injuries?
Even if it seems like you got out of the accident unharmed, you should still see a doctor to get yourself checked out. Certain injuries can go unnoticed right after the accident but might surface later on. Based on the physician’s assessment, your lawyer can advise you on how to proceed with your case.
What if I Was Speeding?
Whether you are still able to retrieve compensation if you were speeding at the time of your accident depends on the specific circumstances of your case. For example say that you were speeding but the accident occurred because another vehicle ignored a stop sign. In this situation it might still be possible to prove that the accident was caused by the vehicle ignoring the stop sign and not your speeding. These cases can be very complicated though, which is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your case.
What kind of compensation can I expect to receive?
Depending on your case you can retrieve compensation for:
- Incurred and estimated future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering directly related to the accident
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Physical impairment
- Punitive damages
- Loss of consortium
In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may also be able to receive compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Incurred medical expenses prior to the victim’s death
- Lost future earnings from the deceased
- Any other economic losses related to the victim’s wrongful death
Am I Required by Law to Wear a Helmet?
Due to the large percentage of motorcycle riders who sustain injuries during an accident, wearing a helmet is for your own protection and required by law. In the state of Texas motorcyclists and their passengers are legally obligated to wear a helmet.
Choose Colley Law Firm As Your Austin Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by negligent drivers. These accidents can not only impact your life and future, but also that of your family and friends. Motorcycle accidents happen all the time, especially in busy cities such as Austin. No matter where the accident happened, you deserve to be compensated for incurred medical costs, lost wages, endured physical and mental stress and any other costs related to your accident.
At Colley & Colley, LLP we have decades of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases for our clients. This experience combined with our expert legal skills can help you retrieve full compensation for all costs related to your motorcycle accident. Our firm has successfully handled numerous motorcycle accident cases over the years. While every motorcycle accident case is unique, our aggressive approach and dedication will guarantee the best outcome for your case.
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If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash, you owe it to yourself to contact an injury attorney who understands your situation. The legal team at Colley & Colley, LLP has the resources and determination needed to successfully sue the negligent party and stand up to insurance companies that try to invalidate your claims.