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Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits in Houston
According to the Texas DOT, thousands of Texas motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed in crashes every year, and the number of accidents continues to increase year after year. Motorcycle riders are most vulnerable to severe injuries because they can be thrown from their bike, resulting in bodily impacts with the pavement or other vehicles or sustain injuries from their motorcycles falling on them. Some motorcycle accident victims are still recovering from their injuries years after their accident occurred.
With the knowledge and experience that Leo & Oginni, Personal Injury Lawyers, have in Texas personal injury law, we can help you navigate your motorcycle accident claim and get you the compensation you require for your injuries while you focus on healing. Learn the factors involved in getting you compensated for the costs of your injuries and financial losses.
What Happens when you File a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Our job is to gather evidence to find who is at fault for the accident. Then, with further evidence, we convince the at-fault party's insurance company of the legitimacy of the injuries and financial consequences you now suffer because of your motorcycle accident.
Investigating the Accident
First, we'll collect documentation and evidence on the accident itself. Here are some examples of evidence that can help us establish the sequence of events that culminated in an accident:
- Police reports
- Photos and videos of the scene of the accident
- Photos and videos of vehicle damages
- Physical evidence found at the scene, such as fragments of broken tail lights
- Witness testimonies
- Expert testimonies
- Weather reports
- Police reports can contain facts, diagrams, and the officer's thoughts on what might have happened based on their experience. These reports can also help track down witnesses who can corroborate your statements as to what caused the accident.
- Establishing Liability
- Our review of the evidence collected from the accident scene will determine the cause of the accident. The origin of your motorcycle accident could have been a result of:
- Mechanical failures
- Signage and road issues
- Negligent drivers
- Manufacturing defects
By determining the cause, we can now establish liability. For example, if the cause of your accident was signage or road issues, the municipality may be at fault. If we find that a negligent driver did not follow the rules of the road or did not take appropriate care when driving, they would be liable for your crash.
Proving the Extent of Damages
Evidence of this type will shed light on the injuries you are suffering and the extent of their impact on your life. Proof that we can offer are:
- Medical records and bills
- Documentation of the property damage
- Documentation of lost income or missed time off of work
- Property damage estimates and repair receipts
- A journal record of how your injuries impact your daily life
- Photographs of your injuries.
A journal will help establish the day-to-day pain, suffering, and other noneconomic damages you or others in your family are experiencing during your healing process. Noneconomic damages can include emotional distress, physical impairment, or loss of consortium.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Once we've collected the necessary evidence and established liability, we negotiate with the insurance company. Negotiations are a time when having experienced advocates on your side is important because these insurance companies will attempt to intimidate you and use manipulative tactics to pay out as little as possible.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Houston, TX
The process of getting every dollar you need to heal from your injuries and overcome financial distress can be daunting and time-consuming after a motorcycle accident. You know now that if you have been in a crash, you'll need Leo & Oginni to advocate for you, so all you have to do is concentrate on getting better.
To further alleviate your financial burden, when you choose us as your attorneys, you don't have to pay anything upfront, meaning we only get paid once you do, and consultations are free.
Contact us today for your free consultation if you've been injured in a motorcycle accident.
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