If you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Fort Worth, you are much more likely to face catastrophic injuries or even death than an occupant of an automobile. Because motorcycles lack the protection of a car or truck, motorcycle riders can suffer serious injuries in even relatively minor accidents.
Motorcycle accidents are often the result of automobile drivers failing to maintain a proper lookout for motorcycles. This can happen in spite of precautions taken by motorcyclists. Distracted driving is an epidemic in the U.S., and it can often lead to drivers failing to notice smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. In fact, statistics show that about three-quarters of accidents between a motorcycle and an automobile are the fault of the automobile driver.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in severe, debilitating injuries or death. These injuries can cause large financial burdens on families. Fortunately, by law those injured in motorcycle accidents have the right to sue the party responsible for the accident in order to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, funeral expenses and more.
Immediately after a motorcycle accident, it’s important to begin gathering information, including witness statements, accident reports, photos of the scene and the vehicles involved, and medical reports. The insurance company will also be gathering information, and will probably contact you to offer a quick settlement. The purpose is to avoid liability for future medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses that can arise after a motorcycle accident.
It’s important that you have an advocate on your behalf during negotiations with an insurance company, or in the event your case goes to trial. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Fort Worth area, call the Fort Worth motorcycle accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-678-0020.