Hit & Run Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Austin
Riding a motorcycle in Austin can be a fun and exhilarating experience. However, it can also turn tragic in the blink of an eye if other drivers on the road are careless, distracted, or intoxicated. When a car or truck hits a motorcycle, cowardly drivers will sometimes make the regrettable decision to run from the scene. This hit and run problem is made all the worse because what can feel like a minor accident to the driver of a car or truck can be a major life-changing accident for the motorcyclist. We believe that any driver involved in an accident with a motorcycle who leaves the scene should be held accountable for their actions.
Have You Been the Victim of a Motorcycle Hit and Run?
If you have been the victim of a hit and run while on a motorcycle in Austin, one of the best decisions you can make is to contact an attorney immediately. At the Law Offices of George Salinas, our attorneys have a long history of aggressively investigating, negotiating, and prosecuting motorcycle hit and run cases. As time progresses, evidence in an accident becomes harder to gather, and the memories of witnesses begin to fade. Time is of the essence. Contact us online or give us a call at (512) 851-1004 to arrange your free consultation.
You Are Not Alone
A motorcycle hit and run can leave you feeling like there is nowhere to turn. You might feel like the person that has caused you so much pain and suffering will get away without being held accountable for what they've done. You are not alone: The Law Offices of George Salinas has your back. We have a track record of helping victims pick up the pieces after a hit and run and fighting for the compensation they deserve. We know the right questions to ask and the right people to engage to gather evidence surrounding the hit and run. We also have a history of aggressively pursuing insurance companies of these drivers to secure compensation for your medical bills, as well as other psychological and financial burdens resulting from the accident. Remember that even though you're a victim, if you track down the driver that hit you on your own, that driver's insurance company might still try to get you to admit fault or ask you to sign an unfair settlement that is far less than you're entitled to. Our attorneys won't let that happen.
Injuries in a Motorcycle Hit and Run
Being a victim of a motorcycle hit and run can lead to a wide variety of injuries. Motorcycle riders are less protected on the road than car and truck drivers, so injuries to motorcyclists can often be severe. Some potential injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Internal and external bleeding
- Severed limbs
- Facial and dental injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
Motorcycle accidents can also lead to long-term psychological injuries, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Oftentimes these injuries will require long periods of treatment in a hospital and ongoing physical therapy. Lost wages during recovery is also a concern for motorcycle hit and run victims.
Who Is at Fault in a Motorcycle Hit and Run?
Determining fault in a traffic accident can be a difficult process. However, when a driver involved in an accident runs from the scene, that driver has now committed a crime. In the state of Texas, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. If the accident only involves property damage, the crime is typically classified as a misdemeanor offense. If the accident involves bodily injury, the driver that ran can be charged with a felony and face actual prison time. Even if it may not be clear whose actions caused the accident in the first place, it's still imperative that you contact a lawyer, especially if the other driver fled the scene.
Keep in mind that when someone runs from the scene of an accident, it's likely that they are doing so because they have something to hide. They may be intoxicated or on drugs, be in possession of illegal substances, have a suspended driver’s license, have a warrant our for their arrest, or be uninsured and trying to avoid taking financial responsibility. If you are the victim of a hit and run, it's important that you do not blame yourself. The driver that hit you and ran has committed a crime, and the Law Offices of George Salinas are here to help you find the responsible party so you can be justly compensated for your property damage, injuries, and pain and suffering.
Damages that Can Be Recovered in a Motorcycle Hit and Run
As a hit and run victim, you may be entitled to recover damages from the other driver or their insurance company. Even a small amount of time spent in a hospital can generate large medical bills. Some damages that you may be able to recover are:
- Damaged property replacement
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering compensation
- Lost wages
- Ongoing physical therapy expenses
- Ongoing psychological treatment expenses
Each situation is unique, but you should not blindly accept that you or your insurance company must be responsible for covering these expenses. We are experienced in investigating and assessing hit and run accidents. Your focus, as a victim, should be on recovery. Our job is to fight on your behalf to recover the damages that you're entitled to.
How Hit and Run Drivers Try to Hide from Justice
Unfortunately, it's common practice for drivers responsible for traffic accidents to deny responsibility and try to get out of paying damages. This behavior is even more egregious in the case of hit and run accidents. The driver that hit you has already broken the law by running from the scene.
There are some steps you can take immediately to help bring the liable driver to justice. If you are physically able, try to take note of the make, model, and color of the vehicle that hit you. Remembering the license plate is even better, but is often difficult in these situations. Then, take down contact information from any witnesses before they leave the scene and call the police as soon as possible.
The next most important step you can take is to consult with an attorney. Even if you locate the driver that hit you, you will almost always have to deal with their insurance company. The driver’s insurance company will often say and do anything and everything it can to get you to go away, admit fault, or take an inadequate settlement. Common defenses to motorcycle hit and runs are:
- "I didn't know I hit anything."
- "It was your fault for _______"
- "You came out of nowhere. I didn't even see you."
- "You wrecked on your own. I had nothing to do with it."
- "I didn't run."
These excuses are usually paper thin, but good insurance adjusters may try to get in your head and make you believe that their client is actually innocent. They may even make veiled threats about what might happen to you financially if you don't roll over and let them have their way. You need to have an experienced attorney dealing with the insurance company for you. We know all of their tricks, and we won't allow them to bully or threaten you. Remember, you are the victim in this situation. Don't let the other driver or insurance company make you feel otherwise.
How Much Will a Lawyer Cost Me?
Hiring the Law Offices of George Salinas will cost you nothing in attorney fees unless we win you a settlement or judgment. As the victim of a motorcycle hit and run in Austin, you can contact us for a free case consultation and review. We work on a contingent fee basis, so our payment will only come as a portion of any successful settlement or judgment. We are here to fight and win for you, not to take your money.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Call the Austin Law Offices of George Salinas now at (512) 851-1004, or contact us online to arrange your free consultation. Time is of the essence, because each day that goes by can make it more difficult to gather the evidence surrounding your accident. We can be your legal support team while you focus on recovery and getting back on your bike as soon as possible.