Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer in Fort Worth
420 Throckmorton St #200
Forth Worth, TX 76102
Call (817) 935-0000
If you have a motorcycle accident in Fort Worth, it's not a good idea
to pursue a personal injury claim on your own. Doing so can cause you
to take a settlement that won't cover your medical bills or missed
wages. Doing so can also cause you to walk away from the case with nothing.
There are many reasons for that, here are a few.
You're Fighting an Uphill Battle
Automatically, there are a lot of different things that aren't in your
favor. The truth is that just driving a motorcycle constitutes risky behavior.
People who ride motorcycles are more prone to accident and injury because
motorcycles themselves are risky vehicles. Motorcycles are,
- Difficult to control
- Hard to see
- Not ideal for all roads
That means the second you say it wasn't your fault, the other party
can point out a thousand ways it could actually have been absolutely your
fault. There's also some personal bias against motorcycles and motorcyclists.
This bias can even affect judges and jurors.
That means it's on you to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that you
played no role in the accident. This is difficult for most people to do
on their own. It's especially difficult when a motorcycle is involved.
Even if you take it all the way to a trial and win, you may not receive
the compensation you deserve. It can all hinge on someone thinking that
just because you're a biker, you don't deserve a certain amount
because you purposefully took on risk.
Your Injuries Matter, But You Have to Prove That
Injuries from motorcycle accidents aren't always front and center.
Things like soft tissue damage may not seem like a problem at first, but
can turn into debilitating conditions later. In fact, the opposition may
even try to prove that a severe injury did not occur because of the accident,
or because of the other party's negligence.
This is where professional help comes into a play. A motorcycle accident
lawyer will know how to go about contacting medical experts to show and
prove that your injuries indeed came from the accident.
Experts can also show how even the smallest injury can severely impact
your way of life. A loss of quality of life is important for figuring
out damages for medical bills and even pain and suffering.
Adjusters May Not Deal Fairly With You
Before you ever see a court, an adjuster from the negligent party's
insurance company will attempt to contact you. This is actually the point
where many people who go it alone fail. The adjuster may offer a settlement
amount that looks good, but isn't anywhere near enough to the compensation
Many people accept these offers without at least trying to figure out if
it's a fair offer or not. When you have representation, your lawyer
can field these offers, discuss them with you, and help you to figure
out if they represent a fair amount or not. In general, ask yourself these
questions about the offered settlement:
- Will it cover current medical bills?
- Will it cover future medical bills?
- Will it cover missed wages?
- Will it cover future missed wages?
At the very least, any settlement should cover these things. If you lose
the ability to work, or your quality of life suffers, then you'll
want more than the basics.
You May Not Have the Right Evidence
Personal injury cases rely heavily on evidence. Many people who attempt
these cases on their own often find out too late that they're missing
key pieces of evidence. It doesn't always cause them to lose the case,
but it can. Even if they succeed, that lack of proper evidence often translates
to a smaller settlement or lesser damages awarded.
Fault is of the utmost importance. Your job is to prove the defendant
was completely, or almost completely, at fault. There's only so many
ways to do that. You need,
- An airtight narrative
- A police report
- Expert witnesses
Collecting evidence isn't always easy. Finding witnesses that are willing
to give depositions isn't easy neither. These are the kinds of things
that accident lawyers are good at.
Why You Need Professional Legal Help in Fort Worth from The Doan Law Firm
These are all reasons why you need to contact the Doan Law Firm as soon
as possible if you're in a motorcycle accident. An attorney that knows
the law and how it works in your area is the key to winning the compensation
You should never pursue these cases alone. At the very least, contact
The Doan Law Firm for a consultation before you do anything else.