Beaumont Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in Jefferson County? These accidents are tragic and happen far too often in our area. The Beaumont motorcycle accident attorneys of Portner Bond, PLLC fight to protect the rights of bikers and their families, and we are ready to listen to your story and be your voice. We’ve seen firsthand the impact that a crash can have on the victim and their loved ones, often through no fault of their own. Our attorneys will aggressively seek compensation from the negligent motorist, commercial truck driver, government entity, vehicle manufacturer, or any other party whose negligence caused you harm.
Our team has successfully secured vital compensation for motorcycle riders just like you, and we’ve represented the families of those killed in tragic crashes in Beaumont and across Jefferson County. Don’t trust the insurance companies to make things right, and don’t trust your case to a lawyer who has never handled motorcycle cases before. Turn to the team that so many others have trusted to get them the maximum compensation for their motorcycle accident case. Turn to Portner Bond, PLLC for help.
Our experienced Beaumont motorcycle attorneys will fight to make sure that you get every dollar of compensation that you are entitled to. Call (409) 838-4444 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
Do I Need A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
You are going to want an attorney involved in your crash as soon as possible for many reasons. First, the lawyer can immediately begin an independent investigation into your accident to determine the cause, collect evidence, and identify all liable parties.
The second reason you want an attorney is so they can deal with the insurance company. Insurers are in business to make money, and that usually involves paying as little as possible to resolve a motorcycle accident claim.
Most insurance companies will try to find ways to pin the blame on a motorcyclist. One common way to achieve this goal is by getting a victim to admit to negligence during a recorded phone call unknowingly. For this reason, you should always refuse to provide any recorded statement until you have legal representation.
Another insurance company tactic is the lump sum settlement that is usually offered to a motorcyclist before they have even had the opportunity to contact a lawyer. While these offers may seem reasonable to some, it is essential to understand that significant medical costs later on may have to be paid out of a victim’s pocket after they have exhausted all of their settlement.
Finally, you’ll want an attorney on your side to protect your case and make sure that you get a fair chance at negotiation and trial if necessary. Motorcycles and those who own them are often unfairly viewed as rebels, outlaws, and irresponsible while on their bikes. This negative stereotype does not reflect the countless people who own and ride motorcycles responsibly and should not be used against them if someone else’s negligence hurt them. An experienced attorney will recognize this and attack that unfair and incorrect bias head-on, and will aggressively seek to build the most robust, most persuasive case on your behalf.
Why Choose Portner Bond, PLLC To Handle My Case?
Chris Portner is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Jefferson County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice. He has been recognized in Texas Monthly in 2007 and 2008 as a rising star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service).
Trent Bond is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction earned by only about 10% of lawyers in Texas. He was recognized in Texas Monthly every year from 2011 to 2018 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers. Trent Bond is a former director of the Jefferson County Bar Association and the current vice president of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
The personal injury attorneys of Portner Bond, PLLC represent clients in Beaumont and many other surrounding areas, including Port Arthur, Orange, Port Neches, Groves, Baytown, Pasadena, Friendswood, Bronson, Conroe, Vidor, Galveston, Jasper, Sugar Land, Crystal Beach, Texas City, Humble, Nederland, The Woodlands, and Houston. Our firm also serves communities in Jefferson County, Tyler County, Chambers County, Liberty County, Orange County, Hardin County, Fort Bend County, Jasper County, and Galveston County.
Our firm will attempt to help you receive a full and fair settlement, but we are always preparing to take a case to trial. We do all of this on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay us anything unless you get a monetary award.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases We Handle
Motorcycle accidents are frequently complicated. No two accidents are the same, and some of the common causes include, but are not limited to:
- Rear-End Accidents
- Driver Fatigue
- Drunk or Drugged Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Left or Right Turn Accidents
- Lane Change Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
Motorcycle crashes do not always involve other vehicles. Some crashes are isolated incidents, and drivers are usually blamed even though they were not responsible for the accidents.
A motorcycle accident could be caused by a defective roadway or other hazardous highway condition, which could make a governmental entity liable. A defective motorcycle part could make the part manufacturer responsible. An improperly repaired motorcycle might make a maintenance company liable.
All motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause very real and lasting injuries. Some of the most common include, but are not limited to:
- Internal organ injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
When a motorcyclist is killed in a crash, their family members can often file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Motorcycle Accidents
Below are some common questions we get at Portner Bond, PLLC regarding motorcycle accidents. We hope you’ll find the FAQs useful. If you have additional questions about your particular case, feel free to contact us and set up a free initial consultation.
How are motorcycle accidents different than other accidents?
Motorcycle accidents are very different than collisions involving two passenger vehicles, and the resulting injury case should be treated differently. The relatively light size and lack of protection afforded by a motorcycle mean that the rider often suffers much more severe injuries in the event of a collision or crash. It is not uncommon for riders to suffer severe or fatal injuries in relatively low-speed accidents. This means that hiring an attorney to represent you following a crash is essential, and it is even more important to hire a lawyer who has the first-hand experience with investigating and handling motorcycle accident cases.
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Texas?
A person has two years from the date of a motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit under Texas law. Keep in mind that this statute of limitations does not apply to a motorcyclist who is younger than 18 years of age or of unsound mind (in a coma). Such individuals are considered to be “under a legal disability” and the time of a disability will not be included in a limitations period. People under such disabilities will have two years to file after they turn 18 years old or have their disability cured. Members of the United States Armed Forces serving overseas can also have their limitations periods tolled (delayed).
Can I still recover damages if I was partially at fault for my motorcycle accident?
A person can recover damages as long as their percentage of responsibility is not more than 50%. Texas law provides that a court must reduce damages by a victim’s percentage of negligence, so a person who is awarded $100,000 but found to have been 20% at fault would have their damages reduced by $20,000 and ultimately receive $80,000.
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas: By the Numbers
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that there were 505 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2017, 204 of which occurred in rural areas and 301 of which occurred in urban areas. There were 2,010 suspected serious injury motorcycle crashes in 2017, 756 of which occurred in rural areas and 1,254 of which occurred in urban areas. There were 3,179 non-incapacitating injury motorcycle crashes in 2017, 890 of which occurred in rural areas and 2,289 of which occurred in urban areas. There were 1,866 possible injury motorcycle crashes in 2017, 425 of which occurred in rural areas and 1,441 of which occurred in urban areas. There were 1,107 non-injury motorcycle crashes in 2017, 303 of which occurred in rural areas and 804 of which occurred in urban areas. There were 119 unknown injury motorcycle crashes in 2017, 31 of which occurred in rural areas and 88 of which occurred in urban areas.
A September 2016 report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that while motorcycles comprise a relatively small proportion (2%) of the total motor vehicles in operation, their operators and passengers account for a considerable proportion (12% in 2015) of all fatal crashes annually in Texas. The increase in the raw number of motorcycle crashes over time (445,885 in 2013, 477,308 in 2014, and 506,729 in 2015) was “likely correlated with the increase in population observed in Texas in recent years, and the resulting increases in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) that typically track alongside increases in population.”
Contact a Beaumont Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Portner Bond, PLLC believes strongly in helping individuals harmed by the negligence of others, and we will work tirelessly to help you get all of the compensation that you are entitled to. If you were hurt in a motorcycle crash in the Beaumont area, you can have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call Portner Bond, PLLC or contact us online to set up a free consultation.