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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Lawyers Who Demand Justice and Help Get You Back on the Road

A motorcycle crash can change your life in an instant. And the insurance companies certainly don’t make it easy to move forward. They tend to take a dim view of the men and women who ride, calling them irresponsible thrill-seekers. That’s why you deserve an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Chad Jones Law, P.C.  

Throughout the Bryan, College Station, Waco, Midland, and Odessa areas, many men and women enjoy the open air and warm Texas weather by taking to the road on motorcycles. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to share the road, and when they cause wrecks, riders get hurt. You may have sustained a serious injury, or you may have even lost a loved one in a crash.

Remember, a delay could affect your legal rights. Take control of your case and contact us today!

Experienced and Dedicated to Helping You

We’re dedicated to motorcycle safety, fiercely representing our clients in many accident situations.

  • Car Turned In Front of Motorcycle
  • Hit From Behind
  • Lane Change Collision
  • Hit a Car Door
  • Forced Off Road
  • Distracted Driver
  • Speeding Driver
  • Road Hazard
  • Motorist Failed to Yield

Even if you’re not sure whether you have a case, we want to hear from you. Contact us today.

What Should I Do Right After a Crash?

ANSWER

First, make sure the scene is safe. You may need to move your bike in order to avoid blocking traffic. Call emergency services and assist if you are trained and physically able to do so. Get the name and badge number of the police officer investigating the wreck as well as contact information for any other operators involved.

Even if you feel fine, you need to see a doctor right away. It’s very common for motorcyclists to sustain internal injuries and traumatic brain injuries that may have delayed onset symptoms. The sooner a doctor checks you out, the better your health can be and the sooner you can hopefully get back on the road. Moreover, this allows you to document your injury, which can be important if you later need to make an insurance claim.

Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case. Remember, someone other than the motorcyclist causes most motorcycle wrecks – but to recover compensation, you need to prove it. We have extensive experience helping motorcycle riders get the compensation they deserve to pay their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

If I Was Forced Off the Road, Do I Have a Case?

ANSWER

Just because your crash didn’t involve contact doesn’t mean you can’t hold the other driver responsible. If your case was a hit-and-run, your legal options depend on whether the police can find the driver that forced you off the road. If they can, you can file a claim with their insurance company. If not, you should be able to file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company. In either case, we can help you deal with the insurance while you focus on getting better.

What if the Insurance Company Claims I Was Responsible?

ANSWER

This is a common argument. Insurance companies may claim that you drove recklessly or that you “assumed the risk” of injury by getting on a motorcycle. But the reality is that nearly two-thirds of motorcycle crashes are caused by motorists, not motorcycle riders. You deserve an attorney from our firm on your side that can investigate your crash and search for evidence supporting your claim.

How Can I Get My Medical Bills Paid?

ANSWER

Ultimately, the driver responsible for the crash should be responsible for paying your medical bills as well. However, their insurance company typically won’t pay your bills until after you have completed your medical treatment, and your doctors often want you to pay as you go. You may have coverage through your car insurance or your regular health insurance, but many insurers refuse to cover injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. 

If you don’t have insurance to pay your medical bills, we can work with your healthcare provider to get your bills paid through an attorney’s lien. This is an agreement with your attorney to provide care on a “treat now, pay later” basis – they can be paid if we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.

What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?

ANSWER

Under Texas law, most motorcycle riders are required to wear helmets, with some exemptions. However, even if you were supposed to be wearing a helmet and did not, you may still be able to recover. For instance, if you sustained injuries to your legs or back during the crash, the fact that you weren’t wearing a helmet is not relevant.

Texas uses the legal doctrine of comparative negligence, which states that an injured person who is partially responsible for their injuries can still recover damages proportional to someone else’s degree of fault. For instance, if you are found to be 30 percent responsible for your injury due to your failure to wear a helmet, but the motorist to hit you is found 70 percent responsible, you can still recover damages equal to 70 percent of your costs.

Should I Accept an Offer From the Insurance Company?

ANSWER

Not before you talk to us. Once you’ve taken an insurance company’s money, you cannot go back and ask for more if it turns out that the wreck cost more than you originally thought. That’s why you should speak with an experienced attorney before accepting any offer. An attorney can advise on whether the offer will likely cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. An insurance company’s offer is usually a “low-ball” amount, and working with an attorney can often get you significantly more.

Even if you’re not sure whether you have a case, we want to hear from you. Contact us today.

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