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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Killeen, TX

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At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., we understand the thrill and freedom of riding a motorcycle. However, we also know that motorcycle accidents can be devastating due to the lack of protection riders have compared to occupants of enclosed vehicles. Unlike cars, motorcycles lack a structural frame, airbags, or seatbelts, leaving riders exposed and vulnerable. 

The force of an impact is directly transferred to the rider, increasing the likelihood of severe injuries. Furthermore, motorcycles' smaller size makes them less visible to other drivers in traffic. Because motorcycles have two wheels, they are also less stable, particularly in adverse weather or when making sudden maneuvers. 

When representing motorcyclists in traffic accidents, our experienced team understands the unique risks and often more severe injuries and life impacts that can result. We provide comprehensive legal assistance from start to finish in motorcycle accident personal injury claims. These include thorough investigations of the incident, identifying those who may be held liable, building claims, aggressively negotiating for maximum settlements, or taking your case to court. 

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Texas

Understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help in preventing them and determining liability in personal injury claims:

  • Driver inattention: Many motorcycle accidents occur because other drivers fail to notice motorcyclists on the road, often because they are distracted by their phones or other activities. A common claim by motorists is that they didn’t see the motorcyclist frequently due to their failure to pay attention to the task of driving and their surroundings. 
  • Left-turn accidents: A common scenario is a car turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle, leading to a collision. Motorists often misjudge the rider’s oncoming speed or distance.
  • Speeding and reckless driving: Both motorcyclists and car drivers who speed or drive recklessly increase the risk of accidents.
  • Other traffic law violations: These can range from improper U-turns to failure to yield, running red lights and stop signs, tailgating, and more, all of which can lead to accidents.
  • Lane splitting: Motorcyclists riding between slow-moving or stopped traffic lanes can lead to dangerous situations.
  • Motorists opening car doors in the path of oncoming motorcyclists. Motorists or passengers who fail to look before opening doors when parking on a curb or roadside can expose riders to unforeseen crashes. 
  • Alcohol and drug impairment: Operating any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs judgment and reaction time.
  • Road hazards: Potholes, debris, slick surfaces, and uneven pavement pose greater dangers to motorcycles than cars.

Motorcycle accidents caused by such negligent behavior can result in injuries ranging from severe road rash to catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries. Even with helmets, head injuries are common, which can result in long-term cognitive impairments. Road rash alone can lead to nerve damage, infections, and scarring. 

Other motorcycle injuries can include spinal cord damage, multiple broken bones, crush injuries causing amputations, internal organ damage, and more. 

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What Must Be Proven in a Motorcycle Accident Claim? 

As in any personal injury case, motorcycle accident claims are based on the at-fault party's negligence. Your claim must prove that the other party owed you a duty of care to operate their vehicle safely. The failure to do so breached that duty through negligent or reckless behavior. This breach directly caused the accident and your injuries and damages, which must be demonstrated by evidence of the physical, emotional, and financial harm you sustained. 

Learn how a Killeen motorcycle accident attorney can help pursue your claim in a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P. via email or call (254) 765-9552 to get started. Hablamos español.

Why Choose Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P.? Our Commitment to You

  • Unyielding Commitment to Justice
    We tirelessly pursue accountability for those responsible for your injury, ensuring they are held accountable for their actions.
  • Relentless Pursuit of Fair Compensation
    We fight fiercely to secure the maximum compensation you deserve, recognizing the profound impact a personal injury can have on your life and livelihood.
  • Empathetic Guidance Through Adversity
    We stand by your side with unwavering support and understanding, providing guidance and reassurance during what may be one of the most challenging times in your life.
  • Resolute Advocacy for Your Rights
    With determination and expertise, we navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf, steadfastly protecting your rights and interests at every turn.

Fighting Insurers in Texas Motorcycle Accident Claims

Insurers are notorious for using tactics against vulnerable accident victims to minimize their payouts. They may offer a quick, low settlement before the full extent of your injuries is known; by accepting this, you will be signing away your right to seek further compensation. 

Insurance company representatives may argue that you were at full or partial fault to reduce the settlement amount or question the severity of your injuries to avoid higher payouts. Prolonging the claims process is another ploy they may use in hopes that you will accept a lower settlement out of desperation. 

Our firm can counteract these tactics with a thoroughly investigated and prepared claim that includes evidence such as police reports, witness testimony, photographs, video footage, medical reports, and accident reconstruction expert testimony. Our personal injury lawyers are skilled and tenacious negotiators and litigators who can fight for the justice you deserve throughout all phases of the legal process. 

Don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you after an accident. Contact us at (254) 765-9552 to speak with a Killeen motorcycle accident attorney about your case today. 

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