Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Are you a motorcyclist in the Houston area? If so, you probably love the hum of the engine, the wind in your face, and the thrill of having nothing between you and the open road. Most riders hope to never need a motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycling carries inherent risks. Accidents can result in brain and spinal injuries, crushed bones, and disfigurement. Serious injuries can prevent you from working or enjoying your life as you did before; in some cases, motorcycle accidents can even lead to death.
Hopefully you manage your risk by wearing safety gear, carrying adequate insurance, and driving carefully. However, even if you are a safe rider, you cannot control what other drivers do.
Special Considerations for Texas Motorcyclists
What happens if you’re riding and catastrophe strikes? You can prepare in advance by reading the following tips, which you should follow in the event of a motorcycle accident:
- Secure the scene. Take care of any injured persons. Learn first aid ahead of time, so you can help anyone in need. If anyone is seriously hurt, or if there is any doubt that someone may be injured, call 911. Place flares on the road or turn on hazard lights to warn oncoming traffic of the accident.
- Collect information from other riders, drivers, and witnesses. Ask them to show you their license. Write down their driver’s license and plate numbers. Get everyone’s name, phone number, and address. Ask witnesses for written statements, which they should sign and date.
- Take pictures. If you are able to photograph the scene, do so. Use your phone to snap a picture of the intersection, the damaged bike, and any injuries.
- Talk to the police, and only the police, about what happened. Give a fair and accurate statement to the police, but do not admit liability. Any statement can be used against you later. Ask for the investigating police officer’s business card, so you can request a copy of the police report later. If you are arrested for any reason, do not resist. It doesn’t mean you are at fault for the accident. Go calmly and don’t speak with anyone until you talk to an attorney.
- Protect your motorcycle. If your bike is towed from the scene, make sure you know where they take it. You will need to recover your bike in a timely fashion; if it is not picked up soon enough, your bike may be sold to pay for the storage fees. Not only will you lose your bike; you will lose valuable evidence that could help you recover legal damages.
- See a doctor. If you sustain minor injuries, you should still go to the doctor within 24 hours of the accident. Sometimes people think they have minor injuries such as scrapes and bruises, but later learn they have more serious problems such as torn ligaments and fractured bones.
- Write down what happened. Write down the details of how the accident occurred, the road and weather conditions, and anything else you remember. Start a file for your accident and include your written entry.
- Retain an experienced accident attorney with first-hand knowledge of motorcycle riding. You need an experienced, committed attorney to negotiate with the insurance companies and protect your rights. The Chapman Firm, PLLC is invested in helping injured motorcyclists. In fact, our Of Counsel, Jeff Diamont, is an avid motorcycle rider himself. We are dedicated to helping you and your family through the aftermath of a motorcycle crash.
- Let your attorney handle the insurance companies. You will need to inform your insurance company of the accident. Let your lawyer make this call on your behalf, so you don’t inadvertently say anything damaging. The insurance companies may request a written or recorded statement. They often do this even if you are in severe pain or under the influence of medication. Do not speak with these people. Instead, hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to work on your behalf.
Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Information
If you are in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in your corner. Ty Chapman and his Of Counsel, Jeff Diamont, have protected the interests of injured motorcyclists for many years. Jeff Diamont is an avid motorcyclist himself; the Firm has a special commitment to those who have been injured while riding.
Please call The Chapman Law Firm at 713-759-9000 if you have any questions or need legal advice.