Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident is a devastating experience. Afterward, you face the overwhelming emotions surrounding the sudden death of your loved one as well as the financial distress caused by the unexpected loss. The knowledge that another motorist’s carelessness or disregard for safety caused the fatal motorcycle accident may make your pain and grief even harder to bear. You do not have to carry this burden alone. Our compassionate lawyers can offer the strength you need to move forward.
Our accident attorneys understand the legal, financial and emotional issues associated with a fatal traffic accident. Our compassionate attorneys will review the specifics of your loved one’s fatal motorcycle accident and explain your options for seeking compensation. Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. is an established law firm that has provided legal assistance to thousands of people in Corpus Christi and throughout the Rio Grande Valley who were struggling after difficult losses. If our attorneys represent you, we will work on a contingency fee basis so you will not owe any upfront costs. You will not pay us a legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you. Call Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. to learn how we can assist you.
Seeking Compensation After a Fatal Motorcycle Crash in South Texas
The immediate family of a motorcyclist who dies in a fatal crash as a result of another driver’s negligence has a legal right in Texas to file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation for their loved one’s losses. Texas law permits a spouse, child or parent to file a fatal motorcycle accident lawsuit after the death of their loved one.
The stakes and potential insurance payouts are higher after fatal accidents. Therefore, insurance companies representing the at-fault driver often try to challenge claims or dispute liability to avoid making a sizable claim payment. If you want to be treated fairly, you will need a knowledgeable Corpus Christi motorcycle accident lawyer standing up aggressively for your interests. If you try to go it alone, you may receive far less money than the case is worth.
The State of Texas provides two years from the date of a fatal motorcycle accident to file a wrongful death lawsuit in most circumstances. Talking with an attorney after the loss of a loved one may be the last thing on your mind. But it is a good idea to seek legal advice as soon as possible. If you are familiar with your legal options, you will be in a better position to make sound decisions with your family’s future in mind. At Herrman & Herrman, we provide a free consultation to review your options.
What Types of Compensation Are Possible After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident?
The types of compensation available depend on the specific facts of the case. Our Corpus Christi motorcycle accident attorneys can review the circumstances of your loved one’s fatal accident and outline the types of compensation that your family would be entitled to seek.
For example, if your loved one received medical treatment after a motorcycle crash and then died in the days or weeks afterward of related injuries, you may seek compensation for medical bills as well as funeral expenses. Other types of compensation commonly sought include:
- Loss of the deceased person’s future earning capacity, services, and household support;
- Loss of parental guidance, counsel, and instruction;
- Loss of companionship and affection;
- Pain and suffering over your loved one’s preventable death;
- Exemplary damages in certain instances when a death is caused by a willful act such as grossly negligent conduct.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Assist You?
Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicle drivers. However, after a fatal accident, motorcyclists and their families must often fight the social stigma that the rider somehow was responsible for the crash. In our experience, many fatal crashes are caused by other driver’s failures to see motorcyclists. Car drivers turning left at intersections often misjudge the speed of an oncoming motorcycle or fail to see the smaller vehicle until it’s too late. A rider who is heading straight through an intersection may be unable to avoid crashing into a car or truck that turns unexpectedly into the motorcyclist’s path.
Proving the at-fault driver is liable typically involves showing the driver violated Texas traffic laws and caused a preventable accident. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will investigate the accident, obtain the crash report from the police, interview witnesses, and gather the evidence to support a wrongful death claim.
Our attorneys will prepare an estimate of medical and funeral expenses and your family’s losses related to your loved one’s fatal motorcycle accident. We will submit a claim to the insurance company of the at-fault party and negotiate aggressively for full compensation for your losses.
If the insurance company refuses to do what is right, our attorneys, after consulting with you, will be prepared to file a wrongful lawsuit and seek justice on your behalf in Texas court.
Call Herrman & Herrman for Free Consultation
At Herrman & Herrman, we are committed to providing legal representation to families that have lost loved ones in fatal motorcycle accidents caused by negligence, regardless of the family’s ability to pay a lawyer. We recognize your family may be going through a difficult time financially. You will not owe any fee unless we obtain money for you.
Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. serves clients in Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and throughout South Texas. While we cannot promise a specific outcome of your case, we have successfully resolved more than 20,000 cases and have obtained multiple seven-figure settlements on behalf of clients. Call Herrman & Herrman, today if you have lost a close relative in a fatal motorcycle accident.