Personal Injury Lawyers in El Paso
Traffic collisions of any kind can result in serious personal injury, but motorcycle collisions are some of the worst accidents in which a person can be involved. Even when wearing a high-quality helmet and protective gear, there is very little to protect a motorcyclist from catastrophic injury when they are hit by a larger vehicle and / or are thrown onto the road, even when collisions happen at relatively low speeds. Motorcyclists are often thrown long distances in a collision, resulting in broken bones, road rash, neck and back injuries, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. This is on top of any injury they sustain at the moment of impact. Wrongful death is, unfortunately, also common in motorcycle accident cases.
“Accidents” only occur when a driver is not following the safety rules that are set out for the community. When violators don’t accept responsibility for their negligent action, Chavez Law Firm steps in and holds them accountable for the injury, death, and disability that they have caused. The motorcycle accident lawyers at the firm care about the community’s safety and do everything necessary to protect El Paso residents.
How Compensation Works for a Motorcycle Accident in El Paso
You can be compensated for a number of things. They include:
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
If you have had fairly significant injuries that required a lot of treatment and from which you may never fully recover, your case will be valued higher. Your compensation award is essentially based on how much this accident has affected your life. How you carry on with your daily life and what you are able to do has a big impact on how much compensation you can get.
When determining how much compensation you are getting, there may be insurance negotiations about your role in causing the accident. If you are found to be at fault for the accident, it will affect how much compensation you get.
Texas follows the rules of modified comparative negligence, which means that you can be compensation for your damages even if you have been deemed partially responsible for causing the accident.
Modified Comparative Negligence:
- Injured parties with 0% fault collect a full compensation award
- Injured parties with 1% – 50% fault collect a reduced compensation award
- Injured parties with more than 50% fault cannot collect a compensation award
If you fall in the range of 1% – 50% fault, your award will be reduced to reflect your role in causing the accident. For example, if someone was speeding 5mph over the limit and went through a green light, then got hit by someone blowing that red light, they still might bear some responsibility. Let’s say that they were deemed 10% at fault and their compensation award was for $100,000. They would be able to collect $90,000 of that award when their percentage of fault was factored in.
Avoid Making a Case-Ruining Mistake
Shortly after your motorcycle accident, do not be surprised if you receive a lot of phone calls from the liable party’s insurance company trying to get ahold of you. They have a job to do, and that involves trying to reduce what they owe you. If they get you to give them a recorded statement, they may be able to reduce your claim.
If you say one wrong thing to them during a recorded statement, they will use that against you either to reduce your compensation or to throw out your case altogether. The way to avoid that happening to you, while also providing the insurance company with information, is to have your lawyer take over communication with them. A lawyer will make sure that the insurance company does not have the opportunity to ruin your case. You will be fully protected if you have your lawyer take those calls and handle that statement for you.
Another mistake you can make in a motorcycle accident case is waiting too long to get in contact with one of our El Paso motorcycle accident lawyers. Texas has a two-year statute of limitations, which means you need to have filed your claim within that time limit in order to get compensation. If you are late for that deadline, you cannot receive compensation no matter how injured you are.
Even if you approach an El Paso motorcycle accident lawyer with a couple weeks left before your deadline, they may not be able to help you. The negative consequences of waiting to bring your claim include:
- Your witnesses may have disappeared or forgotten important details
- Your evidence may go missing
- You may not have enough time to build a strong case
The sooner that you get to a lawyer about your case, the better off you will be.
How Chavez Law Firm Can Help
In order to recover maximum compensation for a motorcycle collision, you need to establish liability. Many individuals are quick to assume that a motorcyclist is liable for a collision. Although motorcyclists have a reputation for recklessness, a large number of collisions are actually caused by negligent drivers who fail to watch for motorcyclists before changing lanes or turning corners. The El Paso personal injury attorneys at Chavez Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to preserve valuable evidence, present a strong case, for a motorcycle accident.
Contact Our El Paso Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to Chavez Law Firm. Our El Paso motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help you get the best results possible. You deserve to get compensation to cover your injuries and damages. At Chavez Law Firm, community safety is our passion. We understand the importance of motorcycle awareness and can help you obtain justice after an irresponsible person causes such a serious accident. Complete our case evaluation today to contact an attorney and discuss your options. We are here to help you get the best possible results for your motorcycle accident case.