In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes, down slightly from 5,038 in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the number of accidents is decreasing, that doesn’t mean a motorcycle injury is any less shocking. An unexpected injury can cause a massive change in your lifestyle and the lives of those you love. In an incident like this, your first step is to seek out legal counsel to help you fight for compensation.
At my law office, I strive to offer reliable guidance and skilled counsel. When it comes to personal injury claims, I take every single case seriously and work tirelessly to advocate for you. I’m proud to provide zealous representation and flexible advocacy for motorcycle accident victims in Edinburg, Texas, as well as the neighboring areas of McAllen, Mission, and the Rio Grande Valley.
If you end up in a motorcycle wreck, there are some important steps you should take as soon as possible:
Seek Medical Help. Call 911 and make sure to get checked out by a doctor. Take notes of your medical injuries for your future claim.
Document Everything. This includes not only your medical injuries but any damages that were incurred by the vehicles involved.
Contact Insurance. Contacting your insurance is an important step to open up your claim. The sooner you notify them that there has been an accident, the sooner you can proceed with your claim.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney. Find and hire a personal injury attorney that you can trust to move your case forward and work toward a favorable outcome. This is where my law office can help.
As both a Texas motorcycle rider and a pedestrian, keep in mind these important rules of the road:
Lane Splitting - Lane splitting in the state of Texas is prohibited.
Helmet laws - All riders who are under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. Anyone over 21 is not obligated to wear a helmet, as long as they have the appropriate insurance plans and have completed the correct safety courses.
Liability Coverage - Motorcyclists must carry what is called 30/60/25 coverage. This includes $30,000 bodily injury coverage for each injured person in an accident, $60,000 bodily injury coverage total per accident, and $25,000 property damage coverage per accident.
When it comes to personal injury claims, determining fault is crucial. Texas is a modified comparative fault state. This means that an amount of fault will be assigned to all parties involved. When it comes to damages, the amount that the plaintiff can recover is reduced by the percentage of fault they hold for the incident. If they are more than 50% at fault, they are unable to collect any damages.
If the motorcycle accident was so catastrophic that it caused you to lose a loved one, you still have standing to file a claim on their behalf. This also includes if your loved one was incapacitated. In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be the immediate family of the person injured—their spouse, parent, sibling, or child.
An accident on the road can completely overwhelm you and your family. While you work on healing after a motorcycle accident, let the Law Office of Aaron Fonseca help you through your personal injury claim. If you are located in Edinburg, Texas, as well as the neighboring areas of McAllen, Mission, and the Rio Grande Valley, contact me today to set up a consultation.