Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Houston, TX
Did you know that motorcycle drivers are likely to be killed in an auto crash 25 times more than passengers traveling in vehicles? In a given year, the state of Texas ranks in the top five states for motorcycle fatalities. Texas also has more motorcycles on its roads than most other states. The drivers of other vehicles are supposed to exercise care when driving on Texas roadways, but as statistics demonstrate, they make serious errors. Motorcyclists don’t have the same protection that car and truck drivers to; they have no steel frame or air bags to protect them. Often, a serious collision leads to catastrophic injuries—or worse, even death. In the mere blink of an eye, a motorcycle rider can sustain life-changing injuries when colliding with another motor vehicle.
Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, has nearly two decades of experience helping motorcycle crash victims fight for and win fair compensation when they’ve been injured by another driver on Texas roadways. Most motorcycle crashes are not the fault of the motorcycle rider. Car and truck drivers don’t always operate their vehicles as safely as they’re tasked to. Motorcyclists have a legal right to share the roads with other drivers. If they are injured through the fault of someone else, they deserve to be fairly compensated for their injuries, medical expenses, and lost income. If you’ve been injured on Missouri’s roads in a motorcycle crash, our Houston-based law firm can help you.
We Represent Motorcycle Accident Victims
Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, is located in Houston, TX, but we represent clients all over the region. Jerome O. Fjeld is bar-certified to practice law in Texas and has a wealth of experience pursuing justice for victims of personal injuries. He is an experienced negotiator and litigator. You can rely on his consummate professionalism and dedication to his clients. Our firm is a small one, but it achieves big results. Attorney Fjeld has won millions for his clients in the courtroom and at the negotiation table. He provides his clients with personalized attention and gets to know their claims in detail. Providing customized solutions is a cornerstone of our firm.
Motorcycle Crashes in Texas
Most motorcycle crashes in Texas involve a motorcycle and another vehicle. Since the motorcycle rider has less protection than car or truck drivers, they are usually the one who suffer the most serious injuries. In addition, it’s the driver of the other car or truck who is usually found at fault. In our experience, most motorcycle crashes in the state occur because:
- Driving drowsy
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while medicated
- Failing to follow the rules of the road
- Failing to notice the motorcycle’s turn signal
- Changing lanes illegally
- Cutting off the motorcyclist
- Texting or talking on the cellphone
- Engaging / interacting with passengers
- Eating or drinking
No matter what the cause is for the crash, we can help victims of careless or reckless driving fight for fair compensation. Victim of motorcycle crashes have the right to seek damages for the injuries they’ve suffered, lost work wages, medical expenses, and damaged property. A single careless mistake—changing lanes without checking mirrors—can change a motorcycle rider’s life forever. Although the at-fault driver may have made an honest error, they are, nevertheless, liable for damages.
Serious motorcycle crashes can take a toll on motorcyclists and their families. We have seen claims where the motorcyclist is not longer able to perform work in their given careers and support their families. Victims of catastrophic motorcycle crashes may need extensive medical care for the rest of their lives. Their family’s lives are inevitably transformed too. Medical costs can skyrocket. Accident victims may fear losing the very homes they live in because they can no longer work. That’s why our firm provides compassionate care and honest legal counsel for these victims. We work diligently to help them achieve the fair compensation they deserve. With compensation, victims can at least gain the financial damages they need to pay their bills. A lucrative settlement package or compensation award cannot undo the damage caused by a crash, but it can alleviate the financial burden that often accompanies these events.
Motorcyclists in Texas
Motorcycle riders are at increased risk for crashes in the state of Texas. Their injuries are often serious and could involve:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal injury
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Many of these crash injuries can require surgeries and other medical interventions. Motorcycle accident victims may lose a limb or suffer disfigurement, which alters their life forever. They may suffer another type of disability that prevents them from going to work in their chosen field—or performing any type of work. Accident victims may require months or years of rehabilitation. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle collision on Texas roads, we can represent you. We have the experience and skill sets needed to provide you with effective representation and sound legal counsel.
Compensation in Texas
When a driver injures a motorcyclist by driving carelessly or recklessly, the motorcyclist may be eligible for damages. Texas law allows accident victims to sue for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to medical expenses and lost work wages. These can also involve future medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages relate to the pain and suffering that clients endure.
Calculating what fair compensation looks like is an important part of the legal process in these cases. There are times when calculating this compensation is straightforward. When the medical costs are finite, for example, and the rider recovers straight away. We can easily sum up the lost work wages, medical bills, and damages to the motorcycle—always factoring in an amount for pain and suffering. Many times, though, it’s not a simple process to calculate a fair compensation sum. We may need to meet with medical experts to determine what future medical costs are likely to be involved. We may also choose to meet with an actuary to determine other future economic damages are involved like lost work wages, future lost work wages, lost bonuses, lost future sales, and more.
Knowing what fair compensation should include is important as we head into negotiations or litigation. We will spell out why clients deserve this amount as a result of what they’ve endured.
There are time limits involved in filing personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, we can discuss the time limits you need to adhere to. Typically, victims of motorcycle crashes have two years from the date of their crash to file their claim. We can take care of the court filings on your behalf.
How Does Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, Help Clients?
Attorney Fjeld focuses on personal injury law because he values the opportunity to help people. He puts his skills to use on their behalf. Having learned their stories and investigated the particulars of their case, he knows that they deserve fair compensation for what they’ve suffered because of another driver’s error. He will stand by them throughout the legal process. When you work with Attorney Fjeld and his associates, you can count on them for a wide range of services that include:
- Thorough claim examination (we view all case materials i.e. police report, medical reports, video footage, photos, witness statements, etc…)
- Investigative services (track down video footage, contact witnesses, etc…)
- Research other cases that might have bearing on client’s claim
- Examine vehicles involved in the crash
- Manage all paperwork related to the claim
- File court documents and manage forms
- Appear at court, negotiations, and all appointments punctually
- Obtain professional services of accountants or accident reconstructionists
- Communicate with insurance providers
- Communicate with defendant’s attorneys
- Provide you with honest legal counsel based on years of experience
- Negotiate for a lucrative settlement
- Litigate the case aggressively if claim goes to trial
Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, is dedicated to helping clients achieve justice. You can also count on our firm to answer your queries in a timely manner. We understand how important this matter is to you; it’s important to us too. We will be in touch as soon as possible if we are unable to take your call.
Why Should You Hire a Motorcycle Attorney Right Away?
It’s a mistake to wait too long to contact a motorcycle attorney for legal advice. From the moment you get in touch, we will get to work. We will obtain the accident report if one exists. Sometimes these reports are confusing or contain errors. It’s important to set the record straight before it can harm your claim. We may also get in touch with witnesses so we can get their statements. If we wait too long to locate them, they may be impossible to find or will have forgotten details of the case. We can even investigate to see if video footage of the accident exists. If photos of the damaged cars and accident scene have not been taken, we can manage that too. After a few weeks, the cars vehicles may no longer be available for photographing.
If these steps are managed early in the case, they may be impossible to manage at all. When you contact us early, we can begin our investigative work, ensuring that we have important information that may be used as evidence. When you contact us to get involved in the early stages of your case, we can even deal with insurance companies for you. Insurers could attempt to get you to sign paperwork you don’t understand. They might even attempt to get you to agree to a settlement that is far less than what you’re entitled to.
What Should You Do If You Get into a Motorcycle Crash?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. This is important. You need to take all injuries seriously. Many types of serious injuries may not be immediately known. You might not realize that you’ve fractured a neck bone or sustained a concussion. Getting medical care helps safeguard your health. The record of your care and its treatment will also constitute medical evidence if you decide to pursue a claim for compensation.
In addition, you should also request police to visit the scene of the accident. They will generate an accident report and include all of their findings. They may issue citations to at-fault parties. This report is also valuable evidence in the event that you file a claim. If it establishes that the other driver is at fault, it is an important document to have on your side.
We have more than 15 years of experience practicing personal injury law. Contact us to learn how we can pursue justice for you. We can provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss your claim’s merits and challenges. If you choose to hire us, we’ll work diligently on your behalf.
5902 Irvington Blvd,
Houston, TX 77009
5606 N Navarro St #200,
Victoria, TX 77904