Tyler Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been hurt in a Tyler Texas motorcycle accident, you don’t have time to wait for answers to your questions. You need a top-tier accident attorney like those at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We are ready to help you recover your fair compensation no matter what kind of negligent behavior caused your accident. We have a legal team standing by to give you the help you need today.
Why Choose Morris & Dewett
When you need a Tyler motorcycle accident lawyer, you need Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We have more than two decades’ experience in advocating for our motorcycle accident clients, and we will bring that experience and outstanding reputation to your case. Whether your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence or hazardous road conditions that should have been fixed, we will do our best to get you the compensation you deserve.
Whenever you need answers and exceptional representation, we’re here for you, ready to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers wants you to be our next victory.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Even when you do everything you can to ride safely, wear a helmet and obey the rules of the road, another person’s carelessness or a mechanical failure can cause a terrible accident. If you are not to blame, you should be able to recover the cost of your injuries and damage from those individuals who caused you harm
Negligence is simply a way of saying the other person should have behaved as a reasonable person should have behaved under the same circumstances, and did not, and because of their unreasonable behavior, you were injured. Negligence is not the same as intentional harm. It is not a criminal act. Still, people who are careless, reckless, or fail to pay attention to their surroundings should be held accountable for the damage they cause.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents due to negligence are:
- Driving too fast for road conditions. When a driver speeds in bad weather or at night, they may have trouble stopping. For you on your motorcycle, the results can be catastrophic.
- Drunk or impaired driving. Drunk drivers are still the number one cause of accidents on our highways. Drunk drivers have enough trouble seeing entire cars; they have even more difficulty seeing motorcycles.
- Distracted driving. Texting is rapidly approaching drinking as a cause of accidents. A texting driver is both careless and criminal, since Texas statutes prohibit texting while driving.
- Improper or aggressive driving. We’ve all seen someone who drives like there’s nobody else on the road. They don’t signal, swerve into and out of lanes, and cut people off. Motorcyclists are especially at risk from this type of driver.
- Failure to yield. Motorcycles have the same rights as any other vehicle on the road, including merging onto the highway, green lights, and turns. Unfortunately, drivers often don’t like to grant you those rights.
When determining who was at fault, insurance companies and their attorneys review photos, reports, and witness statements. You should have an attorney on your side to help you review these documents too.
Sometimes, the road and weather conditions can play a part in your accident. Bad weather, poor road design, and construction zones all make riding your motorcycle a treacherous experience. It can also make it hard for other drivers to see you, especially careless drivers. When it’s time to assess fault in an accident, some conditions can come into play, including:
- Poor visibility, whether due to weather, lighting, or visual obstructions
- Damaged, wet, or slippery road surfaces
- Debris in the roadways, whether from construction, prior collisions, and even roadkill or wind-blown trash
- Construction zones, misplaced barricades, and improperly lit detour signage
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
There is never a guarantee with any legal case. You should always consult an attorney and provide them with all the facts surrounding your case before a determination can be made about your legal status. To determine if you have enough to file a lawsuit, your attorney must establish:
- Negligence. The other driver or another party must have been primarily at fault due to their carelessness, recklessness, or other unreasonable behavior. This behavior must be the actual cause of your injury.
For instance, if the driver who hit you suffered a heart attack just before the accident, they were not at fault, because the accident was caused by something beyond their control.
- Fault. Texas follows the modified comparative negligence rule in determining fault. This means you may recover partial damages if you are partially responsible for your accident, but only if you are less than 50% responsible.
For instance, if you were hit by a speeding driver, but you ran a red light, you both were equally responsible for the accident, and so you might not be able to recover partial damages.
- Injury. You can only recover in a personal injury lawsuit if your injuries were directly caused by the other person’s actions. A big part of your attorney’s job is proving the extent of your injuries and how they were caused by the accident.
For instance, if you were hit by a car, you cannot make a claim for the ankle you sprained a week before the accident. However, you might have a claim for a back injury that was aggravated by the accident, if you can show it had been properly treated until then.
- You meet all deadlines. In Texas, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of injury. There are some exceptions for injuries that could not have been discovered sooner, but in general, the clock begins to run on the date of the accident.
This is why it is essential that you contact an attorney right away when you are involved in any motorcycle accident. It is much better to have spoken with an attorney and not need one, than to need one and find out it is too late.
If you’ve been injured in a Tyler Texas motorcycle accident, don’t wait to find your attorney. Call Tyler motorcycle accident lawyers Morris & Dewett at (888) 492-5532right away for a free and confidential consultation.