The experienced Houston motorcycle accident attorney of The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian™ represent victims of motorcycle accidents and their families in Houston and across Texas. We know that victims of these types of accidents often suffer more than just minor injuries. So, we work hard to pursue the compensation they need to pay for quality medical care and to have financial support as they move forward.
Motorcycle riders are aware of how a crash – even at a low speed – can cause severe injuries, but drivers of other vehicles are not always quite as concerned. As a result, countless motorcycle crashes are caused by the careless or reckless actions of other motorists, and the motorcycle rider and/or passenger is usually the one who has to pay the highest price.
Did you suffer serious injuries, or was your loved one killed in a motorcycle accident in the Houston area? We are ready to help you seek the compensation that you are owed. Contact the Houston motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian™ for a free consultation. We have a fully bilingual, Spanish-speaking staff that is ready to go to work for you today. If you cannot come to our Houston office, we will come to you. We provide hospital and home visits, and we are available 24/7 to answer your questions.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, your first step should always be to seek medical attention. This is true even if you don’t think that you were hurt, or if you don’t think your injuries are very serious. Some injuries involve delayed symptoms. If you wait until symptoms appear days or possibly even weeks later to go to a hospital, an insurance company may use your delay in treatment to argue that your injuries were not as severe as you claim.
Another valuable thing that motorcycle accident victims can do after accidents is to take pictures of the crash scene. You will want to get multiple photographs from several different angles and distances. You should also try to include photos of any contributing factors. You will never be told that you took too many pictures of the accident scene.
Also, take pictures of any injuries before they have time to heal. If anybody saw your accident, get their names and phone numbers. These people could end up becoming essential witnesses if there is a dispute about how a crash occurred.
Lastly, make sure that you do not speak to any insurance company for another motorist that attempts to contact you. You should instead contact a personal injury lawyer who can handle these phone conversations on your behalf and ensure that you do not accidentally say anything that will minimize or jeopardize your legal claim.
Motorcyclists do not have anywhere near the level of protection that the occupants of motor vehicles have. As a result, collisions involving motorcycles often result in motorcyclists sustaining catastrophic and, in severe cases, fatal injuries.
The nature of the injuries that a victim suffers can vary depending on many factors, including the speeds of the vehicles involved, where the impact occurred, and whether the motorcyclist was thrown from the bike. Some of the most common kinds of injuries motorcyclists sustain include:
Many motorcycle accident injuries result in an overwhelming amount of medical expenses for a victim. These same people can also face considerable difficulty returning to work. Some victims may be permanently unable to maintain any kind of employment.
The roads are already extremely dangerous for motorcyclists. However, when other motorists text while driving or are otherwise distracted, it becomes even riskier for the bikers who cross their paths. Distracted driving takes a person’s hands, eyes, and focus off of the road. Within seconds, a driver may fail to see a motorcyclist and cause a devastating crash.
When most people think of distracted driving, they usually think of a driver who is texting on a cellphone. This type of distracted driving is illegal in Texas. However, that is just one form of this dangerous type of driving. Distracted driving is engaging in any act that diverts the driver’s attention from the road. Any distraction poses a risk to the driver, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists.
Again, while most people typically think of texting and driving as the main form of distraction, there are many other types of distractions. These include visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.
Visual distractions are those that take a driver’s eyes off of the road. These include navigating GPS, adjusting the rearview mirror, changing radio stations or playlists, or looking in the backseat to check on a child.
Manual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her hands off of the wheel. These include eating, drinking, personal grooming, and searching for something in a bag or somewhere else in the vehicle.
Cognitive distractions involve a driver taking his or her mind and focus off of the road. These can include using a cellphone, rubbernecking to look at an accident or something else of interest on the road, and passengers in the vehicle, particularly if they are children or are loud.
Clearly, some situations can include visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. For example, when people send or read a text, their focus is diverted to their phone, at least one hand must be taken from the steering wheel, and their eyes are on their phone rather than the road.
When you suffer serious injuries, or your loved one is killed in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to various forms of compensation. At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian™, we have the experience to investigate your accident and seek a full and fair settlement or injury award for your motorcycle accident case. Common types of compensation our firm fights for include:
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian™ have experience with many different types of motorcycle crashes, including those which involve:
Motorcycle accidents can impact your life in ways that no one may anticipate. What you can expect is that you will need financial assistance on the long road to your recovery. You should not have to work to support yourself while you are injured and risk further injury and long-term pain. When you work with us, we will negotiate with the insurance companies to pursue the compensation that you will need to heal and rebuild your life.
Many Auto Accident Insurance in Texas for negligent drivers will try to minimize or eliminate their client’s liability by claiming that victims caused or contributed to their injuries. Under Texas law, a person cannot recover damages when his or her percentage of responsibility is 51 percent or more.
In other cases, a victim’s damages will be reduced by his or her percentage of responsibility. In other words, a person awarded $100,000 in a motorcycle accident case who is found to have been 40 percent at fault would have their damages reduced by $40,000 and, ultimately, would recover $60,000.
Insurance companies will often have representatives contact victims and pressure them into accepting settlements to resolve their cases. When a person takes one of these settlements, they are usually asked to sign a release of liability that essentially waives their right to sue the insurer. You should know that most settlement offers from insurance companies are low amounts. They want to quickly resolve the cases of the most desperate victims at the lowest possible cost.
The agents who contact victims often express concern and a willingness to take care of the victims, but they usually ask questions that are specifically designed to get victims to make damaging recorded statements about their accidents. They may later use those statements against the victim.
For these reasons, you should get help from a lawyer as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident in Houston or surrounding areas. The lawyer will protect you against insurance companies and fight for all compensation that you are entitled to receive. We know how insurance companies try to shift blame onto motorcyclists. We won’t let them get away with it.