Texas – February 2, 2021

A 71-year-old motorcyclist suffered critical physical injury after a motorcycle crash with a pickup truck in Odessa on Tuesday.  The cyclist was taken to an area hospital and was listed in critical condition.  In 2019, There were 12,897 serious injury crashes in Texas with 5,843 people sustaining a serious injury.  Cyclists experience an accident death rate 28 times higher than passenger vehicle drivers according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

Expensive catastrophic injury.

Motorcyclists commonly suffer more severe bodily injury damage costs after an accident with a pickup truck, due to expensive medical treatment, rehabilitation and any other long term supportive physical therapy, psychological care, and fiscal shortages due to lost wages and the inability to take care of household duties.  A motorcycle accident attorney can work with medical professionals, and other experts to determine damage valuations when catastrophic injury will last a lifetime.

Fiscal recovery.

Contact an experienced attorney in Texas for guidance after personal injury, or the loss of a loved one caused by a motorcycle crash..  They can assist with the valuation of damages.

 

  • Compensatory damages include an award of money to compensate for actual economic losses, based on property damage, and/or injury. Total awards include economic damages for present and future loss of earnings, medical bills, future medical care, household expenses and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of companionship.
  • Texas law limits punitive damages to two times the amount of actual damages up to $750,000 in total damages, or $200,000, and a unanimous jury must find that the defendant acted maliciously, or showed indifference to the safety of other people. An accident attorney can explain the possibility of punitive damages based on individual cases.

Obvious personal injury.

Damage awards are usually higher when personal injury can be proven to insurance companies and courts.  Sometimes physical injury may seem less but exacerbate a pre-existing condition causing long term disability.  An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can ascertain the severity of residual damages to a person who has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Texas.  Victims should seek medical counsel after an accident regardless of obvious personal injury. Traumatic brain injury, concussions, or other brain conditions should be ruled out after a motorcycle accident to prevent further harmful losses to the victim.  A personal injury lawyer will use these reports to build a case for damages.

Hire a lawyer.

Contact a professional attorney at the Cooper Law Firm for a free consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret the law to support a case’s best outcome toward compensation for motorcycle accident injuries and related fatalities.

 

Cooper Law Firm

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2222
Longview, TX 75606

Physical Address: 501 N Third St,
Longview, TX 75601

Telephone ; (903) 297-0037
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Sources:

https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2156671322249/motorcycle-crash-leaves-one-odessa-man-in-critical-condition

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/13507-motorcycle_safety_plan_050919_v8-tag.pdf

https://ftp.txdot.gov/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2019/01.pdf

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/auto-insurance.html

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/SDocs/CIVILPRACTICEANDREMEDIESCODE.pdf