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Chad BurnettChad Burnett
16:28 30 Oct 23
I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. Burnett
Diane WallaceDiane Wallace
17:43 26 Oct 23
Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!
Mari HksMari Hks
17:38 04 Oct 23
Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.
Zac CanidaZac Canida
17:14 26 Sep 23
I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!
sisay Aberasisay Abera
15:50 13 Sep 23
Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Terrie RachallTerrie Rachall
20:13 28 Jul 23
Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!
Alex MalcolmAlex Malcolm
22:05 17 May 23
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!
Camry AdamsCamry Adams
16:21 14 Dec 22
Karen Lavigne is my name, and I had a great experience with Mullen & Mullen. Josh and Jessica was very patient and informative. If I had to decide again on which law firm to go with it would be Mullen & Mullen. Very transparent about ALL of my money down to the penny. I definitely recommend.
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14:57 01 Oct 22
It Honestly baffles me to see ANY negative or low reviews on this law firm. My case is far from over, however, I have never known a lawyer or law firm to not only give you their personal cell phone number but to also respond within 15 minutes. Never a complaint on the 10 plus text messages asking questions or the 2-3 paragraph e-mails. Never telling you it's to late or they are off the clock. They are NEVER off the clock. This firm has two or three lawyers dealing with numerous clients and STILL manage to do all they can to make you feel you are the only one. Try to remember they are human. They truly do everything to put you and your recovery first. The process is long but not something they have any control over. They don't control the Dr. Appointments or your recovery. They will help you find amazing Dr.s then it's up to you to be proactive in your recovery and keeping your appointments. It's been over a year and a half since my injury and my amazing, patient, and hardworking Attorney Joe has been here with me every step of the way. Hundreds of 5 star reviews. 3 or 4 low ones. You do the math.
Paul SPaul S
21:36 05 Sep 22
Mullen and Mullen are the best personal injury team in DFW. When you hire Mullen and Mullen, you have the best personal injury attorneys in DFW. You are getting the best support staff in the state of Texas.Knowing every case is unique. My case took 3 years to complete. My team was professional in the face of a lot of stalling tactics. Without a bat of an eye, the team turned up the heat on the defense for the best possible outcome for all parties.Without details, this group changed not only my life. Mullen and Mullen helped me change my outlook on life after the accident.The most important lessons I learned: 1) Do not try to navigate an personal injury case no matter the cause 2) Listen and follow the advice of your attorney. Get the best in Texas.Shane and Paul, thank you from me and my family.
Larry JohnsonLarry Johnson
17:00 06 Jul 22
I would like to thank Mullen and Mullen for the great service I received. I was involved in an accident and they really helped me out. I worked with the paralegal named Josh and he really made everything a simple process. Josh did a wonderful job and I couldn't be happier!
yolanda Rodriguezyolanda Rodriguez
23:17 15 Jun 22
I love they way they work and communication is the best, they will reach out to you and see if you need anything. Questions you have them they will answer you. Josh is an excelente person that help me so much he was always there for me and if I called him he would return my call as fast as he could. He explained everything I asked and I was really comfortable with him. Josh you are an awesome person. Thank you for everything. I love their services n I would highly reconmand them. Mullen and Mullen are there for you as soon as you call them.
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YOU CAN TRUST OUR FAMILY TO FIGHT FOR YOURS™

When you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, our skilled Fort Worth attorneys fight tenaciously to ensure the maximum available settlement while offering you the lowest contingency fee. We handle your case the way we would want our own case handled.

Mullen & Mullen is consistently recognized by TopVerdict for obtaining some of the largest recoveries in the entire state of Texas. In the last 3 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. One of those years we had 19 of the “Top 50” results and all of them were for clients injured in vehicular accidents. Our stellar results allow us to offer a below industry standard 29% pre-suit contingency fee which means more settlement funds in your pocket.

Our experienced local team has an incredibly strong work ethic and truly cares. We’ve been privileged to serve North Texas for over 40 years. This is our backyard. Call (817) 768-6680 now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.

What Your Attorney Says

Mullen & Mullen has skillfully and successfully represented hundreds of injured and/or deceased motorcycle victim clients.

We are acutely aware of the unfortunate bias against motorcyclists in collision situations, often stemming from the occasional sight of riders speeding past or maneuvering recklessly in traffic. This unjustly perpetuates the stereotype that such behaviors are the norm, when, in reality, the majority of motorcyclists exhibit exceptional responsibility and take vigilant measures to ensure their safety, given the elevated risks of severe harm or even fatality.

At Mullen & Mullen, we consistently prioritize listening to the motorcyclist’s perspective, offering them the well-deserved benefit of doubt. I can vividly recall a recent case wherein our client suffered severe injuries due to a left-turning motorist’s failure to yield the right of way, resulting in a catastrophic collision. He was forcefully ejected from his motorcycle and skidded through the intersection, narrowly escaping a fatal outcome.

Following the incident, we obtained the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report, which astounded us with its attribution of fault to both our client and the driver of the compact SUV involved in the crash, primarily due to conflicting statements. The report indicated a lack of witnesses to the accident. However, we placed our trust in our client’s account and deployed our in-house investigators, who successfully located two independent witnesses. These witnesses substantiated our client’s claim, confirming that the motorist had indeed failed to yield the right of way, and that there was no green arrow present.

Rather than yielding to the initial challenge posed by the police report, we persisted in our unwavering support for our client. We gave him the benefit of doubt and diligently built a compelling case, exposing the inaccuracies in the other motorist’s statements to the investigating officer, thus averting an egregious miscarriage of justice.

Throughout this ordeal, we developed a strong rapport with our client, who, regrettably, lacked health insurance. Nevertheless, we went above and beyond to ensure he received the top-tier medical care he urgently required and rightfully deserved. His medical providers displayed exceptional compassion by deferring his bills, allowing him to concentrate on his recovery from the grave injuries sustained. Eventually, we secured the full insurance policy limits from the liable motorist’s insurance company, bringing much-needed justice to our client.

Shane V. Mullen
Eagle

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Gross Settlements Before Fees & Expenses

We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements across all practice areas, but we are restricted from displaying some very large results due to settlement confidentiality. Here are a few recent results without confidentiality agreements:

$6,150,000.00
Work Accident

$4,000,000.00
Wrongful Death

$2,978,104.95
Vehicle Accident

$2,550,000.00
Vehicle Accident

$2,550,000.00
Vehicle Accident

$2,250,000.00
Premises Liability

Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to TopVerdict.com, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys live and work right here in Dallas, and always have. We believe in paying our success forward by helping people in the North Texas community, and are dedicated to supporting these local charities.

About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys

Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Shane V. Mullen, Attorney at Law

Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner, Shane V. Mullen, has been handling personal injury cases for 21 years. He is “Top-rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Texas Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.

Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law

Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate

With 18 years of personal injury experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from VerdictSearch.com as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) verdict in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.

Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, meaning they have each settled cases in excess of two million. This solidifies their expertise in handling significant personal injury cases.

Regis L. Mullen, Founding Attorney
Regis L Mullen, Attorney at Law

Regis L. Mullen, Founder

Our Founder, Attorney Regis L. Mullen, has 56 years of personal injury experience. Regis received his Admission to practice law in 1967. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals in North Texas.

SECURING JUSTICE AND OPTIMAL FINANCIAL RECOVERY

The aftermath of a motorcycle crash often involves profound impacts, including serious injuries, steep healthcare costs, and considerable emotional distress. In the face of such adversity, it’s essential to enlist the support of a proficient and seasoned motorcycle crash attorney promptly. Our law office in Fort Worth specializes in representing individuals who have suffered injuries, tirelessly working to safeguard their rights and ensure they receive the fullest compensation possible.

 

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alex Malcolm said on Google,

“I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I’m grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.”

Caleb Tate said:

“Attorney Shane Mullen was always honest with me and helped me navigate all the confusion regarding my injury claim. A buddy of mine was recently in a motorcycle accident and I sent him to Shane because he doesn’t make a promise he cannot keep. I give him an A+ as a personal injury attorney and would recommend him to anyone. The other guys may have the television ads but Shane Mullen has my business.”

ACCESS TO ADVANCED MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS AND TREATMENT WITH DELAYED PAYMENT OPTIONS

Mullen & Mullen Law Firm provides access to cutting-edge medical diagnostics and treatments, collaborating with a broad spectrum of reputable medical professionals across Fort Worth and Texas. Our network includes doctors, chiropractors, and surgeons proficient in treating injuries from all types of motor vehicle accidents. A unique benefit offered by our recommended medical providers is their commitment to defer payment until your legal case concludes and their readiness to provide testimony regarding your injuries when necessary.

It’s critical to understand that not every healthcare provider possesses the specialized expertise required to accurately diagnose and treat the complex injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents. Without regular engagement with accident victims, some professionals may miss significant injuries due to a lack of specific knowledge. We connect you with healthcare providers experienced in managing accident injuries, ensuring a thorough assessment and treatment of all injuries. These experts are skilled in identifying critical signs, ensuring comprehensive care, and meticulously documenting injuries for legal purposes.

EXPERT INSURANCE NEGOTIATION SUPPORT

Insurance company adjusters aim to protect their company’s interests, often employing strategies to minimize or deny valid motorcycle accident claims. With Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, you gain an ally with unique insights into insurance company tactics. Our founder, Attorney Regis Mullen, has direct experience as a litigation supervisor for Allstate, and our team includes former insurance adjusters. This insider knowledge equips our Dallas legal team with the strategies to counteract attempts to undermine your claim, optimizing your settlement outcomes.

DISCOUNTED LEGAL FEES FOR GREATER SAVINGS

Mullen & Mullen stands out by offering a reduced contingency fee, potentially saving you significantly in legal costs compared to the standard rate of 33.3% charged by most personal injury attorneys. Our rate is only 29% if litigation is not necessary, translating into substantial savings. For instance, on a $500,000 settlement, our policy could increase your take-home amount by an additional $21,500. This discount reflects our commitment to delivering exceptional results and is available upon initial contact, with no obligation or pressure to engage our services. Our team prioritizes your understanding of legal rights and options, ensuring a transparent and pressure-free experience.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LEGAL EXPERTISE

Motorcycle accidents stand apart from other vehicular accidents due to their distinct risks and complexities. The exposed nature of motorcyclists means they face greater danger on the roads, lacking the protective shell of a car. This often results in injuries that are more severe, including fractures, spinal injuries, brain trauma, and fatalities.

Choosing Mullen & Mullen Law Firm means you’re backed by legal experts who are deeply familiar with the nuances of motorcycle accident claims. Our skilled attorneys will guide you through the legal maze, providing support, advice, and representation at every turn.

Our team has a comprehensive understanding of the laws governing traffic, insurance, and personal injury claims as they pertain to motorcycle accidents. This ensures your case is managed with the utmost precision and expertise.

INVESTIGATION AND EVIDENCE GATHERING

We commit to an exhaustive investigation of your motorcycle accident, compiling crucial evidence like accident scene reports, witness accounts, surveillance videos, and medical documentation. This step is vital for pinpointing liability, comprehending the extent of your damages, and forging a robust case in your favor.

IDENTIFYING FAULT

Pinpointing responsibility in a motorcycle accident involves a detailed examination of the incident. Our attorneys in Fort Worth will sift through the details of your case to identify all liable parties, whether they are reckless drivers, road maintenance bodies, or manufacturers of defective motorcycle components. Ensuring accountability from all relevant parties is crucial for securing the compensation you rightly deserve.

LITIGATION AND REPRESENTATION

Should negotiations not yield a satisfactory settlement, Mullen & Mullen is ready to escalate to litigation. Our adept litigators will advocate for you in court, leveraging their legal acumen and persuasive prowess to uphold your rights.

COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

Recovery from a motorcycle accident encompasses both physical recuperation and emotional resilience. The team at Mullen & Mullen offers the empathetic support and guidance you need during this difficult period, helping you access necessary resources to rebuild your life. We’re dedicated to delivering all-encompassing legal representation for victims of motorcycle accidents.

Our attorneys are not only aware of the unique challenges faced by motorcycle accident victims but are also driven to ensure you receive rightful compensation and that negligent parties are held accountable.

If you or someone close to you has suffered in a motorcycle accident, reach out to our devoted lawyers in Fort Worth without delay. We provide a complimentary consultation to assess your situation, answer your queries, and equip you with the knowledge needed to make informed legal choices. Time is critical, so contact us today to let our family stand up for yours.

TYPICAL INJURIES FROM MOTORCYCLE CRASHES

Motorcyclists face a higher risk of injury in accidents due to their exposure and the lack of protective barriers. The injuries they might incur can vary widely in severity.

Below are common injuries that motorcyclists might suffer:

Road Rash

This injury is caused by sliding across the pavement, leading to skin abrasions that can range from mild to severe. Without proper care, road rash can be excruciating and may lead to infections.

Bone Fractures

The impact of motorcycle crashes often results in broken bones or fractures, including injuries to arms, legs, collarbones, ribs, and facial bones. These injuries can be severe, sometimes requiring surgery and a long recovery period.

Head Injuries

Despite helmet use, motorcyclists can still suffer head injuries, from mild concussions to serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which may affect cognitive functions, memory, and overall brain health.

Spinal Cord Injuries

These injuries can be devastating, potentially causing partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation, and loss of motor function below the injury site. Spinal cord damage often necessitates lifelong care and rehabilitation.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, such as whiplash, sprains, strains, and tears, are common. They can lead to pain, swelling, and reduced mobility, requiring physical therapy or significant pain management.

Internal Injuries

Crashes can lead to serious internal damage, including bleeding, organ damage, and injuries to the lungs, liver, or kidneys. These injuries demand immediate medical attention to avoid severe complications.

Emotional And Psychological Impact

Beyond physical injuries, accidents can cause significant emotional and psychological distress, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, necessitating psychological support for recovery.

Motorcycle accident injuries can lead to chronic pain, permanent disability, financial strain due to lost income and medical expenses, reduced quality of life, and the need for ongoing medical care. It’s crucial for victims to receive comprehensive medical attention and consult with a qualified motorcycle accident attorney to seek compensation for their injuries and the long-term effects they may face.

TEXAS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAW FAQ

Are Motorcycle Accident Claims Similar To Car Accident Claims?

Yes, they share many similarities. Most aspects of insurance coverage and available damages remain consistent. However, when it comes to liability, the insurer representing the other party may be more inclined to argue that you also share blame for the accident. They might point to factors like excessive speed or the absence of a helmet as contributing factors. Consequently, establishing strong liability on the part of the at-fault party becomes crucial. This underscores the importance of retaining an experienced personal injury attorney.

Is The Presence Of Witnesses Crucial To Your Claim?

Absolutely. This is particularly critical when the insurance company attempts to dispute liability or suggests that you bear more than 50% of the fault for the accident. Identifying witnesses and collecting their contact information is essential.

To ensure we gather all necessary evidence, our accident investigators actively search for witnesses to the motorcycle accident, even if they weren’t mentioned in the police report. Our investigators possess extensive experience thoroughly canvassing accident sites to uncover potential witnesses.

On the other hand, it’s crucial to note that the insurance company won’t automatically assume you were injured. They will demand evidence of your injuries. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek medical care promptly if you experience any symptoms related to the motorcycle accident, regardless of how minor they may appear.

Remember: If you delay seeking medical treatment for your injuries after an accident, the insurance company is likely to argue or imply that your claim has a “gap in treatment,” indicating a period during which you received no medical care. This is often used to suggest that your injuries are not genuine.

Who’s At Fault In Common Types Of Motorcycle Collisions?

Falling while entering a curve

Responsibility for this type of accident could rest with you, or it could be attributed to the government entity responsible for maintaining the road. If the road was properly maintained, the fault may fall on you. However, if there was a specific road defect, a government entity or contractor could be held accountable.

A car turns in front of you

This is the most frequent type of motorcycle accident. Drivers sometimes fail to notice motorcycles due to their familiarity with larger vehicles. Fault should generally lie with the driver, but winning your claim is not guaranteed.

Injury while lane-splitting

Lane-splitting is neither explicitly permitted nor prohibited by Texas law. However, many jurors might assign negligence to both parties.

Not wearing a helmet

In this scenario, your fault is likely to increase. Texas follows a “comparative negligence” approach, meaning you can recover compensation if you are 50% or less responsible for your injuries. However, if you were not wearing a helmet and it could have reduced or prevented your injuries, your ability to recover a significant amount of compensation could be impacted.

Can I Still Receive Compensation For My Injuries If The Identity Of The Person Responsible For My Motorcycle Accident Is Unknown?

Yes, it’s still possible to seek compensation for your injuries even if the police are unable to identify who caused your motorcycle accident. Your own testimony may be found more persuasive by a jury, and it’s possible that witnesses who have not yet come forward could provide further evidence. Additionally, an expert in accident reconstruction might be able to determine the responsible party using technical analysis, measurements, or data retrieved from the vehicles involved.

Our team of investigators at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm is trained to handle cases efficiently to prevent them from becoming disputes based solely on conflicting statements. They quickly interview known witnesses and search for others by checking with local businesses or residents. If needed, our firm in Dallas will bring in a specialist in accident reconstruction without requiring any initial payment from you.

Should you need records related to your accident or the person at fault, several organizations might hold important information. These organizations can include:

  1. Texas Department of Public Safety;
  2. United States Department of Transportation;
  3. Federal Highway Administration;
  4. Texas Department of Transportation; and
  5. Texas Transportation Commission.

At Mullen & Mullen, we frequently request records from these and other agencies. By choosing our services, we will expedite the process of obtaining all relevant documents concerning your motorcycle accident and any information on the at-fault drivers.

UNDERSTANDING LIABILITY AND FIRST-PARTY INJURY CLAIMS:

A liability claim is pursued against the insurance provider of the person who caused the accident, such as a motor vehicle driver who collided with you.

If the responsible driver lacked a valid license, you might have grounds to sue them for irresponsibly allowing an unlicensed or unfit person to use their vehicle. Furthermore, if the at-fault individual was working at the time of the accident, a liability claim could also be filed against their employer under the doctrine of Respondeat Superior.

First-Party Claims In Motorcycle Accident Cases:

First-party claims are those you file with your own insurer or the insurer of the vehicle owner. These claims can cover:

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Claims

PIP insurance offers “no-fault” coverage, which means it can cover medical bills and lost wages regardless of who caused the accident. If the insurer fails to show a signed waiver, you’re entitled to $2,500.00 in PIP coverage.

MedPay Coverage

MedPay coverage functions similarly to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. However, unlike PIP, if you receive compensation from a third party for an accident, your insurer may seek reimbursement for MedPay benefits paid out.

Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Claims

To pursue a claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits, you must first secure an offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance that is at or near their policy limits. You are entitled to up to $30,000 in coverage, provided that there is no signed waiver rejecting this coverage from your insurance provider. It’s important to note that you must get approval from your own insurer before accepting any settlement offers from the at-fault party’s insurer, as failure to do so might result in your insurer denying coverage.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Claims

UM claims are filed when the driver responsible for an accident lacks the legally required insurance coverage. In incidents involving a hit-and-run, it’s essential that there was actual physical contact between the at-fault vehicle and your motorcycle or yourself for the claim to be valid. This is in contrast to liability claims where direct contact is not necessary for a claim to be pursued. For example, if you had to maneuver your motorcycle to avoid a collision with a driver who suddenly entered your lane, you may still seek damages from the negligent driver even without physical contact.

What Are The Minimum Liability Limits For A Motorcycle Accident Case In Texas?

In Texas, the minimum liability insurance requirements for motorists involved in a motorcycle accident are set at $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident for bodily injury liability. It’s worth noting that it’s not uncommon for the responsible party’s insurance coverage to exceed these minimums, with some policies offering much higher limits such as $250,000 per person and $500,000 per accident.

For example, if you and a passenger are both injured in the same motorcycle collision, and the at-fault driver’s insurance policy is limited to $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident, the insurance would provide a maximum of $30,000 to each injured person, resulting in a total payout of $60,000 from the liability insurance carrier. This remains the case even if one of the individuals sustained multiple bone fractures in the accident.

Identifying all available sources of insurance coverage is crucial. To protect your legal rights, Mullen & Mullen promptly initiates claims for all potential sources of compensation, as some first-party insurance policies may have deadlines for reporting incidents. We also pursue any additional claims that may be accessible at the beginning of your case. Furthermore, our firm conducts asset searches on at-fault drivers who have low liability limits to verify whether they possess assets that could be pursued in addition to the available insurance funds. First-party insurance carriers often conduct their own asset searches before granting permission to accept a liability policy limits offer.

ENSURING TIMELY MOTORCYCLE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT:

Should You Follow The Insurance Company’s Body Shop Recommendation?

No, you should not. The insurance carrier recommends their preferred body shop primarily because they offer cost savings to the insurer in exchange for a high volume of business. However, these shops may not always use the best quality parts or employ the most qualified mechanics.

Instead, exercise your right to choose the repair facility for your motorcycle. You can opt for either the dealership where you purchased the motorcycle or a qualified service facility you trust. Take control of the situation by selecting who handles your bike’s repairs.

Will You Receive A Rental Vehicle?

Yes, but typically only if your motorcycle can be repaired. If your motorcycle is declared totaled, you might not be eligible for a rental vehicle from the at-fault party’s insurance. Nevertheless, you could have rental coverage under your own policy that applies until your motorcycle is officially labeled a “total loss” by the liability carrier.

Can Mullen & Mullen Help You Get A Rental Car?

Yes, Mullen & Mullen is happy to assist clients in obtaining a rental car while the at-fault party’s insurance carrier assesses whether your motorcycle qualifies as a “total loss” in case any issues arise.

Can You Claim That Your Motorcycle Has Diminished In Value Due To The Accident?

Certainly, but it often necessitates hiring an expert to determine the extent of the diminished value. We regularly provide financial assistance to clients to help establish diminished value when it is warranted.

What If Your Motorcycle Is Deemed A Total Loss?

If the at-fault party’s insurance carrier or your own insurer deems your motorcycle a “total loss,” you are entitled to receive the fair market value of your vehicle or compensation equivalent to the prices similar motorcycles are currently fetching in the open market. This valuation is not determined by KBB or NADA.

SECURING COMPENSATION FOR NON-ECONOMIC HARM

Are you eligible to seek compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and emotional distress, following a motorcycle accident? If you’ve been injured in such an incident, you may have a legitimate claim for various non-economic damages, which include:

  • Past and future pain and suffering.
  • Past and future mental anguish.
  • Past and future physical impairment.
  • Other non-economic damages.

It’s important to note that quantifying these damages is not a straightforward task. Unlike medical expenses, which can be calculated with precision, determining the exact amount a jury might award for non-economic damages can be influenced by numerous factors and thus remains uncertain.

At Mullen & Mullen, we employ an active approach when assessing cases. We closely monitor recent verdicts and take into account the choice of venue for filing the lawsuit. With over 40 years of experience, our law firm has the expertise to evaluate cases based on past similar incidents with comparable injuries. Our dedicated attorneys are committed to advocating for your non-economic damages and will work collaboratively with you to establish the core elements of your injury claim.

We often create and utilize “day in the life videos” as a part of our strategy. These videos follow a client throughout their daily routine, illustrating how the accident has affected every aspect of their life. Additionally, these videos help insurance adjusters gain a better understanding of your claimed injuries and limitations, allowing them to assess how you would present your case to a jury.

ESTABLISHING ECONOMIC DAMAGES

Can You Seek Compensation For Lost Wages?

Yes, but it is crucial to substantiate these damages through a preponderance of evidence. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm can provide you with the necessary documents to present to your employer to verify your lost wages.

Can You Recover Damages For Future Lost Wages?

Absolutely. Such compensation is commonly referred to as a loss of earning capacity. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm often engages economists, vocational rehabilitation consultants, or a combination of both to assist clients in confirming past lost earnings or predicting future loss of earning capacity.

Are There Any Other Potential Economic Damages You Might Be Entitled To?

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may also be eligible for additional economic damages, including:

  • Past medical expenses (“Reasonable and Necessary”).
  • Future medical expenses (“Reasonable and Necessary”).
  • Motorcycle repair costs.
  • Replacement motorcycle costs.
  • Diminished value of your motorcycle.

In cases involving traumatic injuries, Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys may enlist certified life care planners to establish the necessity of lifelong accommodations resulting from your injuries, and we cover this expense for you.

PUNITIVE & EXEMPLARY DAMAGES

Exemplary damages, commonly known as punitive damages, are challenging to obtain but are designed to penalize parties at fault. To secure punitive damages, it is necessary to establish gross negligence or recklessness.

Some situations where punitive damages could be argued and potentially awarded include:

  • If the Defendant was driving under the influence or intoxicated.
  • If the Defendant had not slept for an extended period.
  • If the Defendant was using a cell phone while excessively speeding.
  • If the Defendant was engaged in a race with another vehicle.
  • In any other scenario where the Defendant’s actions demonstrated recklessness or gross negligence.

NAVIGATING COMPENSATION FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES

Determining The Value Of Your Claim

Exercise caution when dealing with injury attorneys who promise immediate results or claim to know the exact worth of your case. The value of your motorcycle accident claim hinges on various factors, some of which may be argued by the insurance adjuster. At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we offer our clients a contingent contract, ensuring that no attorney fees or expenses are due unless we secure a recovery for you. We are committed to achieving the highest possible settlement on your behalf.

Factors Influencing Claim Value

Numerous factors can impact the value of a personal injury claim, including:

  • Arguments presented by the insurance adjuster or defense attorney.
  • Unexplained gaps in your medical treatment.
  • Comparative negligence.
  • Differentiating between subjective injuries (such as soft-tissue or sprain/strain injuries) and objective injuries (like broken or fractured bones).
  • The amount of medical bills incurred.
  • Expected future medical expenses.
  • Liability factors, such as the at-fault motorist’s distracted driving.
  • Emotional aspects of your story, such as losing your home due to the collision.
  • The jurisdiction where a lawsuit could be filed.
  • Possible Allegations of Your Negligence

Insurance companies may attempt to argue that you were partially at fault for the motorcycle accident. They might claim that you were speeding, inattentive, or should have exercised more caution. If it is determined that you were negligent, any damages awarded by a jury would be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. For example, if a jury awards you $250,000 in damages but finds you 40% at fault, the final verdict would be adjusted to $150,000.

Recovery With Shared Responsibility

You can only recover damages if it is argued or a jury determines that you were not more than 50% at fault for the motorcycle collision.

Disputing Medical Bills

Insurance companies often contest the amount of your medical bills. They may hire “independent” doctors who primarily work with automobile insurance companies to conduct “peer reviews.” These professionals, in conjunction with the insurance adjuster, may claim that some of your medical treatment was unnecessary or that your medical bills were unreasonable.

Recovery For Exacerbated Pre-Existing Injuries

In Texas, the “Eggshell Plaintiff” doctrine is recognized, which means you are liable for any additional damages arising from the accident, even if the victim had a pre-existing injury or condition that made them more susceptible to harm. For instance, a previously asymptomatic degenerative disc disease may become painful after the accident. Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys are experienced in leveraging this doctrine and can help gather evidence, such as prior medical records and witness affidavits, to support your case.

Settlement Or Lawsuit?

Deciding whether to accept the insurance company’s final offer or pursue a lawsuit depends on various factors, including the associated attorney fees and case expenses. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm provides advice akin to what we would offer a close friend or family member. We always aim to recommend the option that maximizes your financial outcome while considering risk versus reward. Ultimately, the decision rests entirely with you.

The Litigation Process

When a lawsuit is initiated, several key developments usually occur:

  • Legal fees and case expenses increase significantly.
  • The process typically spans 9-12 months if the case settles before trial but could extend to years if a trial becomes necessary.
  • You will likely be required to respond to written discovery questions, participate in a deposition, and attend court-ordered mediation.

PREJUDICE AGAINST MOTORCYCLE RIDERS AND COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE

Do Insurance Adjusters And Jurors Exhibit Bias Towards Motorcyclists?

Certainly. Some insurance adjusters and jurors may exhibit a natural inclination to stereotype all motorcyclists based on the actions of a few reckless riders they have encountered. Therefore, it becomes crucial to establish evidence proving that you were adhering to traffic regulations and operating your motorcycle safely and responsibly.

Does Helmet Usage Impact Your Case?

Yes, it does. Insurance adjusters may contend, and a jury could potentially find, that you bear some comparative negligence if you were not wearing a helmet. The insurance company is likely to argue that your injuries were exacerbated because you failed to comply with helmet laws, potentially diminishing your claim.

CONTACT US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

Call (817) 768-6680 to talk to a Fort Worth motorcycle accident attorney right now. We won’t put any pressure on you to hire us on the spot. Simply learn how we’ll approach your case and get some excellent free advice. Make your decision only when you feel 100% ready. Do remember though, that the Texas statute of limitations gives you just 2 years from the date of your accident to file a claim.

We’ll come to your home or hospital room if it makes it easier on you! Phone and Zoom consultations are also available. You can call us, or use the form or chat feature on this page to request a free consultation now.

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Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
9500 Ray White Rd #241
Fort Worth, TX 76244
Phone (817) 768-6680
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