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Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If someone injures you or your loved one in a motorcycle accident, call Ramsey Law Group. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Ramsey Law Group recognizes the devastating effect a motorcycle crash can have on you and your loved ones and wants to help you return to your best possible life.

Why Ramsey Law Group?

At Ramsey Law Group, we know the medical and financial aftereffects of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. Our compassionate, empathetic motorcycle accident attorneys can offer you advice and guidance regarding your legal rights and even help you with accessing proper medical care.

Ramsey Law Group is located in Houston and recognized for multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in both Texas and nationwide. We offer legal representation that is:

  • Skilled and experienced in motorcycle accident litigation;
  • Aggressive and determined when dealing with insurance companies; and
  • Personable and client-oriented.

Contact Ramsey Law Group today and schedule your free consultation. There is no risk to you. We never charge legal fees until after we win your case.

What Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Do for Me?

The motorcycle accident attorneys at Ramsey Law Group do much more than speak with the negligent party’s insurance company on your behalf. In addition to helping you with your questions and explaining your legal options, our attorneys will:

  • Investigate your accident;
  • Gather relevant evidence;
  • Identify all liable parties;
  • Pursue all sources of compensation;
  • Assist in securing any personal property;
  • Handle all correspondence from insurance companies and accident-related creditors;
  • Assess your current and future medical and financial needs;
  • Hire qualified experts;
  • File a lawsuit on your behalf;
  • Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company; and
  • If no settlement is forthcoming, proceed with litigation.

Never make a statement to an insurance adjuster or sign any documents without first consulting a motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney from Ramsey Law Group can advise you of the value of your motorcycle claim and if a settlement amount will cover your current and future accident-related needs. Contact us today and set up a detailed review of your motorcycle accident claim.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

When you hire a motorcycle accident attorney, you typically won’t have to pay any money up front. Instead, your lawyer represents you on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will be paid a certain percentage of any damages you are awarded; this percentage is something you agree upon in advance. If your case does not recover any compensation, you do not owe any legal fees. 

Attorneys work hard to protect riders from aggressive insurance adjusters that seek to pay as little as possible to settle a claim. Experienced motorcycle accident lawyers understand the tactics used by insurance providers, know how to respond to protect a rider’s rights and best interests, and pose no risk to you in the process, as they will not get paid unless you do.

Do I Need to Go to Court If I File a Claim?

Most motorcycle accident claims settle out of court. Your Houston personal injury lawyer will attempt to negotiate with the insurance companies for a fair settlement, but the decision is ultimately up to you. A settlement guarantees you some recovery, but a trial does not. However, there are cases in which a motorcycle accident lawsuit may be necessary if you are unable to reach a mutually acceptable settlement agreement with the at-fault party. For instance, the insurance company may be refusing to pay the amount owed, or using underhanded tactics to avoid paying altogether. Filing a lawsuit may be what is needed to convince the other party’s insurer to treat you fairly. 

Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

Drivers and riders in passenger vehicles have several safety advantages over motorcyclists. Cars and trucks are larger and heavier than motorcycles. Passenger vehicles come equipped with safety features such as airbags and seatbelts.

Drivers of passenger vehicles collide with motorcyclists for several reasons. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving drowsy;
  • Failure to obey traffic signals;
  • Inclement weather; and
  • Dangerous road conditions.

Motorcycle riders’ lack of safety advantages often results in severe injuries even from minor accidents. Typical injuries suffered by motorcyclists include:

  • Road rash;
  • Broken legs and ankles;
  • Broken ribs;
  • Internal organ damage;
  • Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Concussions; and
  • Spinal injuries, such as paralysis.

Motorcyclists can wear helmets and additional safety gear to lessen their chances of injury. Some recommended gear for cyclists are:

  • Goggles that are shatterproof and impact resistant with peripheral view;
  • Face shields fastened to the helmet that are impact resistant and impenetrable;
  • Appropriate clothing for weather protection such as a rain suit;
  • Low-heeled boots or other closed-toe, ankle-covering footwear;
  • Gloves with grip; and
  • Bright, weather-resistant clothing that resists abrasions and increases visibility.

Texas Motorcycle Laws

Every state has a specific set of rules and regulations governing motorcycle riders and their equipment. It is important for cyclists to check the laws in any state where they intend to ride, and to abide by those laws. The following is a sample of Texas’ motorcycle regulations:

  • Any rider under the age of twenty-one must wear a helmet;
  • Riders over twenty-one may forego wearing a helmet with the proper certification and insurance coverage;
  • No child under the age of five may ride as a passenger on a motorcycle;
  • Passengers between the ages of five and twenty-one must wear a helmet;
  • Passengers over twenty-one may rife without a helmet if the driver has proper certification and insurance coverage; and
  • To carry a passenger, a motorcycle must have a permanent passenger seat.

Required equipment on a Texas motorcycle includes:

  • A vehicle identification number;
  • A license plate lamp and headlamp;
  • An exhaust system;
  • A wheel assembly;
  • A tail lamp and stop lamp;
  • A horn;
  • A mirror;
  • Steering;
  • Brakes;
  • Tires; and
  • A rear red reflector.
  • Although considered dangerous by many, and illegal in some states, “lane splitting,” or sharing a lane with another motorcyclist is legal in Texas.

How Is Liability Determined in a Motorcycle Accident Case?

It’s crucial to determine the precise cause(s) of your motorcycle crash in order to determine who is at fault. In Texas, anyone who contributes to an accident or injury can be liable for damages. Your attorneys will need to investigate and collect evidence to support your claim. The types of evidence that may help prove another party’s negligence can include:

  • Eyewitness reports
  • Photos of the scene and damage to the vehicles
  • Police reports
  • Cell phone records
  • Motorcycle maintenance records
  • Video surveillance footage of the accident 
  • Toxicology reports of the other driver(s)
  • Copies of your medical records
  • Physical evidence from the motorcycle 
  • Requesting copies of insurance policies for the parties involved in the accident
  • Hiring accident reconstruction experts

Acquiring this evidence is often not a simple task, and requires the necessary resources that an experienced motorcycle accident attorney possesses. With any motorcycle accident, it is important to document everything. As soon as you have sought out the medical attention you need, try to note down as many details as you can about the accident, including the actual events, any possible witnesses, the timing of the events and any relevant road conditions such as visibility, weather and the surface of the road.

The state of Texas follows the legal theory of modified comparative negligence, which means if you are found more than 50% responsible for the accident, you cannot recover compensation. Any amount of liability under 50%, diminishes the amount of damages you receive in proportion to your percentage of fault.

Motorcycle Accident Compensation

The serious injuries caused by motorcycle accidents may take months or even years of recovery. An accident victim might need multiple surgeries, physical therapy, rehabilitation, or even permanent home health assistance. Therefore, any accident settlement needs to include both present and future accident-related medical and living expenses.

An experienced motorcycle accident attorney works with experts from both the financial and medical fields to determine the costs of accident care into the future. Compensation for a motorcycle accident includes damages which have a cost readily affixable to them and more personal damages that have no set price, such as loss of enjoyment of life.

Compensation in motorcycle accident may include any of the following:

  • Current and future medical expenses;
  • Rehabilitation;
  • Physical therapy;
  • Psychological counseling;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of income;
  • Mental and emotional trauma;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Wrongful death.

Contact Ramsey Law Group Today

While any accident can upset your life and your family, a motorcycle accident can completely change your lives. The added stress of medical treatments, bills, and dealing with the insurance companies while trying to recover can take the enjoyment out of life. Ramsey Law Group can help you get your life back.

Ramsey Law Group’s motorcycle accident attorneys will handle the insurance companies, creditors, and legal claims process on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need for these expenses and to hold any negligent parties accountable for your injuries. Take the first step towards moving forward with your life by calling Ramsey Law Group today at  (713) 489-7577 or send us a message online.