Pearland Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Helping Injured Bikers Fight for the Justice They Deserve
Motorcycle accidents are often devastating, leading to severe injuries, permanent disabilities, or even death. When someone else was responsible for the crash that caused your injuries or the tragic passing of your loved one, you deserve justice—and Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help.
With nearly four decades of combined experience, our attorneys are prepared to aggressively advocate for you and your rights. We know how to go up against insurance companies and other liable parties to effectively advocate for the fair compensation you deserve. To date, our firm has helped countless injured bikers and the families of those wrongfully killed not only secure fair settlements and verdicts but also obtain the justice they needed to heal and move forward with their lives.
For a free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys in Pearland, call (713) 609-1930 or contact us online. Hablamos español.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
There are certain things you should do after a motorcycle accident to protect yourself, your continued wellbeing, and your future right to compensation.
Immediately after the accident, if you are able, you should:
- Assess yourself and others for injuries. Try to get to a place of safety, such as the side of the road or the shoulder (if you are able to).
- Call 911 and have the police and/or paramedics come out to the scene of the crash. Do not try to move anyone who seems injured unless they are unsafe where they are.
- File an official accident report with the law enforcement officer at the scene. Be honest about what happened, but avoid admitting fault or apologizing for the crash.
- Get the name(s), contact information, and insurance information of anyone else involved in the accident, including all other drivers.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and damage to your bike. If there were witnesses, get their name(s) and contact information.
- See a doctor and receive medical treatment if you were not treated at the scene or transported to the hospital.
In the days and weeks following the accident, you should:
- Follow all of your doctor’s recommendations and advice, including attending follow-up appointments and taking all prescribed medications.
- Notify your own insurance company about the accident, but refrain from speaking to the other party’s insurance company.
- Do not agree to a settlement or sign anything provided to you by the insurance company before talking to a lawyer.
- Avoid posting to social media. Do not post about the accident, and avoid posting pictures or updates about yourself. Such posts can be used out of context by the insurance company to dispute your injuries or the validity of your claim.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible. You have a limited amount of time to take legal action; the sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can begin working on your case.
When you reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will immediately begin gathering information about your case and investigating the cause of the accident. Our attorneys work with accident reconstruction experts who help us pinpoint the various factors involved, as well as who is liable for your injuries and damages.
When Can You Sue After a Motorcycle Accident?
You can file a claim against an at-fault driver’s insurance company or sue a liable party directly if someone else was at least partly to blame for the accident. Under Texas’s rule of modified comparative negligence, you can even sue for damages if you were partly at fault. As long as your portion of fault does not exceed 50%, you may still have a case.
You should know, however, that you will not be able to recover the full amount you are seeking in damages if you are found to be partly to blame. Instead, your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Additionally, you only have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim in court. If the two-year statute of limitations expires before you file suit, you will almost certainly lose your right to seek compensation for your accident-related losses.
Establishing Liability in Your Motorcycle Accident Case
One of the most important elements of your motorcycle accident claim is liability. Liability refers to the legal responsibility one party has in paying for the damages caused to another.
In most cases, liability rests with the person or party at fault for the crash. This means that whoever caused the accident, whether intentionally or not, is most likely legally responsible for paying for your accident-related losses. To determine liability, therefore, our Pearland motorcycle accident attorneys first work to uncover the cause of the crash.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Road rage
- Aggressive and reckless driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Unsafe turns
- Illegal passing
- Drowsy driving
- Defective or poorly maintained roadways
- Potholes and other hazards
When another motorist or some other third party acts negligently or wrongfully, leading to an accident, the victim has the right to take legal action against that party. If you believe someone else was to blame for the crash that caused your injuries or the tragic death of your loved one, reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC right away to learn more about your right to fair compensation.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Although every case is different, many motorcycle accident victims are able to recover compensation for the following types of damages:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future lost income/wages
- Past, current, and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Loss of earning ability due to injuries or disability
- Costs associated with home assistance and care
The exact value of your claim depends on numerous factors. The severity of your injury and its impact on your life, the cost of your medical care and future treatments, even the degree of fault you may have had in causing the accident all play a role in how much your claim is worth.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we fight for every penny our clients deserve. As your legal team, we will fight tirelessly for you and your recovery. We are even ready to go to trial if necessary.
How the Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC Team Can Help
Our Pearland motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to stand up for you and your rights against the interests of the insurance company. We truly care about our clients and treat each one like a member of our own family. Our compassionate attorneys and staff provide personalized, one-on-one attention and legal support. You can expect to receive direct access to our partner attorneys throughout the legal process, and we are always available to take your call or provide answers to your questions.
When it comes to pursuing maximum compensation, we are aggressive and dedicated to doing whatever it takes to protect our clients. While we work quickly and efficiently in our efforts to obtain favorable settlements, we know that this is not always possible. Whenever necessary, we are fully ready to represent you in the courtroom.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with our team today; call (713) 609-1930 or contact us online to get started.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is negligence?
“Negligence” refers to careless, reckless, or wrongful (including unlawful) behavior. Often, this type of behavior leads to serious accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Some examples of negligence include someone who runs a red light because they were texting while driving, a shop owner who fails to put out a “wet floor” sign after an employee mops up a spill, or a dog owner who allows their dangerous dog to roam free and unleashed in a public park.
How do I know if I have a case?
You likely have a personal injury case if you were injured and suffered measurable damages—such as medical bills or pain and suffering—due to the careless, reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. In other words, if someone else is to blame for your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to know whether you have a case is to contact an attorney at our firm for a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we can go over the details of your situation and provide personalized counsel tailored to your circumstances.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The exact value of your personal injury case depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, whether you had to take time off work to recover, how much time you had to take off work, whether your injuries resulted in a disability, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the event that led to your injuries. It is not possible for any attorney to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Houston personal injury attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to request a complimentary case review.
Will I have to go to court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. In fact, many settle in pre-trial litigation or as a result of your attorney’s negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the liable party refuses to play fair, you want an attorney who is not only willing but also has the experience needed to aggressively represent you at trial. At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we will prepare you for what to expect with your case, including whether or not you may need to go to court.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Texas (surrounding states may have different laws). This means that you typically have just two years from the date of injury to bring your claim in court. Sometimes, when an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations will be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but they are rare. We encourage you to act quickly after an accident or injury to avoid losing your right to seek compensation for your damages. If the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. Even if you think it might be too late, reach out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to discuss your legal options.