DALLAS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Q: What should I do if I am involved in motorcycle accident?
A: You should not sign anything, not admit fault for anything. If you are injured, you should get immediate medical treatment and if possible take of photos of your injuries, property damage, and the accident scene. Before talking to an insurance company, agreeing to produce your medical records or giving a recorded statement, you should meet with a motorcycle accident attorney. You should also get a copy of any 911 call.
Q: How can I protect myself when driving a motorcycle?
A: Drivers of motorcycles should wear protective gear such as helmets, elbow pads, knee pads and follow state laws that address required safety equipment. You should obey the rules of road including speed limits and make sure your motorcycle is insured and has coverage for accidents that result in medical bills, lost wages, and being involved in accidents where the other driver does not have insurance. It is not uncommon for drivers to leave accident scenes after causing injuries to a motorcycle driver.
Q: How common are motorcycle accidents?
A: Motorcycles are 18 times more likely than auto drivers to die in an accident and three times more likely to be injured in an accident. A study by the National Traffic Safety Administration has stated that in the year 2004:
- over 4000 motorcyclists died in accidents and over 75,000 were injured,
- 25% of motorcyclists involved in deadly crashes did not have a valid drivers license,
- 33% of motorcycle operators who died were speeding,
- 50% of fatal accidents involved alcohol, and
- helmets saved over a 1000 lives and over 500 more lives could have been saved by the use of a helmet.
Q: What are the main causes of motorcycle accident deaths?
A: Although not always fatal, head and brain injuries are the most common cause of death in a motorcycle accident.
Q: Do I have to wear a helmet when I drive a motorcycle?
A: The answer depends on what state you are in when driving the motorcycle. In Texas, people over 21 who have completed a safety course and have health insurance with at least $10,000 in benefits for a motorcycle accident do not have to wear a helmet.
Q: If I was not wearing a helmet during a motorcycle accident, can I still purse a case?
A: Yes but not wearing a helmet may affect the amount of compensation unless not wearing a helmet did not cause or aggravate your injures, such as a knee or back injury.
Q: Who can sue for compensation from a motorcycle accident?
A: Either the driver of the motorcycle or the passenger.
Q: What types of compensation can I receive for a motorcycle accident?
A: You can receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, loss of earning capacity damages, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment.
Q: Are investigations important to a motorcycle accident?
A: Yes. It is essential because the insurance companies like to argue the motorcycle driver was the cause or partially responsible for an accident.
Q: Should I carry a camera on a motorcycle?
A: Yes because it can be used to take pictures of the accident scene, your motorcycle, and the other vehicle. If possible, you should also try to get statements from all witnesses to support your case and document things such as speed, weather conditions, and type of road.
Q: What is the accident is not my fault?
A: Due to their size, motorcycles are difficult to see for drivers of cars, trucks, and buses. You should contact a motorcycle attorney for assistance.
Q: What if relative is killed in a motorcycle accident?
A: Family members such as children, spouses, and parents can still purse a wrongful death claim. You should immediately seek the assistance of a motorcycle accident attorney.
Q: What if I do not have medical coverage to pay for medical bills?
A: You should contact a motorcycle attorney that can provide assistance with dealing with health insurance companies, liability insurance companies, hospitals, doctors offices, Medicaid and Medicare.
Q: Who can be responsible for a motorcycle accident?
A: Anyone who causes the accident, which can include a driver of a car or truck. Also, operators of motorcycles can be liable to his or her passenger for injuries sustained in an accident.