Nobody expects to be in a highway collision, but these unfortunate events happen every day. At the Galbreath Law Firm, compassionate motorcycle accident lawyer Jeffery B. Galbreath has dedicated his career to helping injured people in Abilene and surrounding communities. Let us assist you in pursuing fair compensation for harm caused by the careless or reckless behavior of others. We will aggressively represent you in seeking the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle crash.File a Negligence Claim to Seek Compensation for Injuries
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that the number of motorcycles registered in Texas more than doubled over the past decade. Since motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to harm, the number of cyclists killed annually has also more than doubled. In fact, TxDOT statistics show that 87% of crashes involving motorcycles resulted in a death or injury.
Other motorists owe cyclists around them a duty of care to avoid needlessly endangering them. When that duty is breached, and an injury or death occurs as a result, a cyclist is entitled to seek damages in court through a negligence lawsuit. If someone is killed in an crash because of another driver’s negligence, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim. In either case, the statute of limitations is two years under Texas law. This means that you must file your lawsuit within two years after an accident to preserve your right to compensation.
There are several ways to prove that a driver who collides with a motorcycle has breached his or her duty of care. Some acts of negligent driving include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, eating, or reading while driving;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or
- Failing to obey traffic laws by speeding, running red lights, or failing to yield.
Once a victim has proved that the defendant breached the duty of care, the victim still must show that he or she would not have been hurt if the driver had not breached the duty. Moreover, the harm that the victim suffered must have been a reasonably foreseeable result of the driver’s negligence. The injured person also must have incurred actual damages from the crash.
A seasoned accident attorney can interview witnesses, secure photographic evidence of the scene, conduct accident reconstruction, review medical records, and take other steps that will help you pursue compensation. Unfortunately, many injured people wait too long to hire an attorney, and valuable evidence is lost as a result. Do not make this mistake if you have been hurt in a highway collision.
Anyone who has been involved in a motorcycle accident knows that even a minor crash can cause a serious injury. Some of the damages that can be taken into consideration when settling or trying a motorcycle accident case in court include property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Galbreath Law Firm serves clients throughout the State of Texas including but not limited to the cities of Abilene, Sweetwater, Brownwood, Coleman, and Eastland. Counties include but are not limited to Taylor County, Nolan County, Brown County, Coleman County, and Eastland County.Legal Guidance After Your Abilene Motorcycle Crash
You should not hesitate to hold a driver accountable for actions that harmed you. Diligent injury attorney Jeffery B. Galbreath represents Abilene accident victims with the dedication that they deserve. The Galbreath Law Firm also serves clients throughout Jones and Taylor Counties. You can reach us at (325) 437-7000 or through our contact form to set up a free consultation, even if you are not sure that you have a claim.