San Antonio Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
Motorcyclists face more risks than other motorists on the roadway. Because they are relatively unprotected, motorcyclists often sustain severe, catastrophic injuries when they are involved in collisions with larger vehicles, and many of these crashes are fatal. For victims and their loved ones, the road to recovery can be daunting, filled with many challenges and uncertainties. But with the right legal team on your side, you can have confidence knowing that your rights and best interests will be protected.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle crash due to the negligence of another driver, the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C. is ready to help. Our skilled San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyers can investigate what happened and fight to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose Our Firm?
When you are suffering from injuries caused by another person or party’s negligence and need compensation for your damages, turn to a firm that has extensive experience. At the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C., we bring more than six decades of personal injury experience to every case.
When you choose our firm for help with your San Antonio motorcycle accident claim, you can count on:
- Personal Attention: We provide personalized attention to every one of our clients. Clients will meet directly with one of our attorneys—not an assistant, paralegal, or junior associate.
- A Long History of Success: We have a proven track record of results, including many million- and multimillion-dollar results, as well as a 99% success rate.
- No Recovery, No Fee: We take our cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not pay a dime until we secure the compensation you deserve.
As the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Antonio, we have earned a reputation within the community for providing aggressive client advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom. We understand the complexities involved in motorcycle accident cases and are ready to represent your best interests in negotiations with the insurance company or before a judge/jury at trial.
Why Do You Need an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Motorcycle accidents are more complicated than typical car accidents. In many instances, insurance carriers have a bias towards motorcyclists and will attempt to blame them for their injuries. Your attorney can fight back against this bias and work to not let this happen.
By gathering all the evidence in your case, your attorney will be prepared to skillfully negotiate a settlement aimed at covering all your crash-related expenses. If the other side refuses to offer a fair settlement, your attorney will be prepared to take your case to trial.
How Often Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Texas?
Texas is a popular place for motorcyclists. With plenty of riders in and around San Antonio, it is important to understand the risks. Poor road conditions and distracted driving frequently lead to motorcycle accident claims.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), during 2019 (the latest reporting year), motorcycle accidents resulted in:
- 410 fatalities
- 1,810 suspected serious injuries
- 2,726 non-incapacitating injuries
- 1,828 possible injuries
Every year, thousands of people are injured and hundreds more are killed in motorcycle accidents in Texas. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these crashes are entirely preventable.
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Like other types of motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle crashes occur due to a wide variety of factors. The most common factor in all motorcycle accidents, however, is negligence.
Frequently, motorcycle accidents happen because someone else was not paying attention, was driving recklessly, or made a mistake that resulted in a serious crash. Sometimes, these crashes are caused by or worsened by auto or roadway defects, such as lack of signage, defective automobile parts, and defective motorcycle equipment, such as helmets. Determining the exact cause of an accident is important, as it allows our San Antonio motorcycle accident attorneys to establish liability in your case.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding/excessive speeds
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Driving while intoxicated/driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Reckless and/or aggressive driving, such as road rage
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Failure to obey traffic control devices, such as red lights and stop signs
- Unsafe or illegal turns
- Unlawful passing
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Opening car doors into the path of oncoming motorcyclists
- Unsafe merging/lane changes
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to negligent driving behavior than other motor vehicles on the roadway, particularly drivers who are impaired or distracted behind the wheel. Motorcyclists are also vulnerable to roadway defects such as potholes, roadway obstacles, and cracked pavement. In these instances, municipal roadway crews may be held liable for these injuries.
Poor road/weather conditions can also contribute to motorcycle accidents. While it may seem that no one is at fault for inclement weather, drivers have a responsibility to adjust accordingly to unsafe conditions, such as low visibility. Those who fail to drive safely in such conditions can cause devastating accidents—and they may be liable for victims’ resulting injuries and damages.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can lead to a range of injuries. Sadly, even when they wear protective gear, motorcyclists frequently sustain life-threatening injuries when they are involved in accidents with larger, heavier vehicles.
It is not uncommon for our attorneys to help clients suffering from the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
These and other serious injuries can have long-lasting impacts on injured motorcyclists’ physical and emotional well-being, as well as their financial stability. Treatment can be lengthy and expensive, and many injured motorcyclists will suffer new disabilities that prevent them from returning to work or enjoying the same quality of life they once had.
Damages in Motorcycle Accident Claims
After a motorcycle accident in Texas, you will need to prove that another person or party was at fault for your injuries and damages. Our attorneys work with expert investigators, accident reconstructionists, and others to conduct exhaustive accident investigations and determine exactly who is liable for your economic losses and non-financial harm.
Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be entitled to
the following damages:
- Emergency medical care/hospitalization
- Ongoing and future treatments and care
- Physical rehabilitation therapy
- Medications and medical devices/equipment
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and other employment benefits
- Future lost earnings and lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Counseling/therapy services
- Modifications to your home
- Lost or reduced quality of life
Our team is happy to sit down with you and go over your case. We can provide a more detailed and personalized evaluation of your claim during a free, no-obligation consultation.
Your Time to File a Claim Is Limited
In Texas, there is a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury cases, including motorcycle accident claims. This means you only have two years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit for damages. If you fail to bring your claim within this timeframe, your case will almost assuredly be thrown out.
We encourage you to reach out to our team at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney, P.C. as soon as possible to learn how we can help you after a serious motorcycle accident. We understand the challenges you are up against—and we know what it takes to win.
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