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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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In the last 3 years, we’ve made TopVerdict’s annual Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times.

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Top Plano Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Who Settle For More

YOU CAN TRUST OUR FAMILY TO FIGHT FOR YOURS™

When you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, our skilled Plano 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 (972) 947-3370 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 prevailing bias against motorcyclists when they are involved in accidents. This prejudice often stems from encounters with a minority of riders who engage in reckless behavior, darting through traffic at high speeds. Unfortunately, such actions have given rise to an unfair stereotype that mistakenly paints all motorcyclists with the same brush. In reality, the vast majority of motorcyclists are remarkably responsible and maintain an acute awareness of their surroundings, given the heightened risks they face in terms of severe injury or fatality.

Here at Mullen & Mullen, we consistently take the time to lend an empathetic ear to the motorcyclist’s perspective and grant them the consideration they rightly deserve. I can vividly recall a recent case where our client suffered severe injuries due to a motorist’s failure to yield the right of way while making a left turn, resulting in a collision with our client’s motorcycle. The impact sent him hurtling from his bike, and he slid through the intersection, narrowly escaping a tragic fate.

Upon receiving the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report linked to this incident, we were taken aback to discover that, due to conflicting accounts, the investigating officer apportioned fault to both our client and the driver of the compact SUV involved in the collision. The investigating officer noted a lack of eyewitnesses to the accident. Our unwavering belief in our client’s account prompted us to enlist our in-house investigators, who successfully located two independent witnesses. These witnesses corroborated our client’s version of events, confirming that the motorist failed to yield the right of way and did not have a green arrow.

Rather than succumbing to frustration in the face of these challenges, we opted to provide our client with the benefit of the doubt and gathered the requisite evidence to expose the lack of truthfulness in the other driver’s statements to the investigating officer. This effort was instrumental in preventing a grave miscarriage of justice.

Throughout our engagement with this client, we forged a personal connection and came to genuinely appreciate his character. Despite his absence of health insurance, we facilitated his access to high-quality medical care, ensuring that he received the treatment he urgently required and rightly deserved. In an exceptional display of compassion, his medical providers delayed billing him, allowing him to concentrate on his recovery from the severe injuries he had sustained. Ultimately, we succeeded in obtaining the full insurance policy limits from the at-fault motorist’s insurance company, ensuring that our client received the compensation he was entitled to.

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.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alex Malcolm’s Review

“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’s Review

“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.”

More Reasons to Choose Mullen & Mullen

DEDICATED TO SECURING JUSTICE AND OPTIMIZING SETTLEMENTS

The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be catastrophic, often leading to grave injuries, overwhelming healthcare costs, and profound emotional distress. In the event that you or someone close to you has suffered, securing the expertise of a proficient and seasoned motorcycle crash attorney is imperative. Our personal injury law firm in Frisco is committed to championing the cause of those injured and ensuring they receive the fullest compensation possible.

DEFERRED BILLING FOR MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS & TREATMENT

At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we provide access to top-tier medical diagnostics and treatment for individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents throughout Plano and the wider Texas area. Our carefully selected network includes esteemed doctors, chiropractors, and surgeons who stand out for their commitment to delay billing until your legal case concludes and, if needed, offer testimony regarding your injuries.

Understanding that not all healthcare providers possess the specialized knowledge required to accurately diagnose and treat the full scope of injuries from motor vehicle accidents is crucial. Many professionals might miss critical injuries due to a lack of familiarity with accident-related conditions. However, our associated medical professionals are adept at treating accident victims, equipped with the expertise necessary to conduct thorough evaluations and ensure no injury is overlooked or untreated. They are also skilled in documenting injuries and establishing medical causation for personal injury cases, a pivotal aspect of securing just compensation.

NAVIGATING INSURANCE NEGOTIATIONS

Beware of insurance adjusters; their primary goal is to protect their company’s profits, often at the expense of fair compensation for your injuries. They employ strategies aimed at minimizing or denying claims. Mullen & Mullen’s unique advantage comes from our deep understanding of insurance tactics, thanks to our founder, Attorney Regis Mullen’s background as a litigation supervisor for Allstate, and our team’s experience as former insurance adjusters. This insider knowledge positions us to counteract attempts at reducing settlements and to fight effectively for your rightful compensation.

EXCLUSIVE REDUCED CONTINGENCY FEE OFFER

We at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm are proud to offer a special reduced contingency fee, potentially saving our clients significant amounts in legal fees. Unlike the standard 33.3% contingency fee charged by most personal injury attorneys, we only ask for 29% if litigation is not necessary for your case. This reduction can lead to substantial savings; for instance, on a $500,000 settlement, our clients could save $21,500, leaving more of the settlement money in their hands. This offer reflects our commitment to your success and financial well-being, backed by the high-quality results we consistently deliver.

We invite you to discuss your case with our Plano motorcycle accident lawyers to understand your rights and options, without any pressure to commit. At Mullen & Mullen, we prioritize your interests and well-being, steering clear of aggressive sales tactics.

EXPERT LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

The nature of motorcycle accidents sets them apart from other types of motor vehicle incidents, highlighting the distinct dangers and complications they present. Motorcyclists face increased risk on the road due to the lack of protection compared to enclosed vehicles, which often results in more serious injuries from accidents, including fractures, spinal injuries, brain trauma, and fatalities.

Choosing Mullen & Mullen Law Firm means you’re supported by legal experts who deeply understand the nuances of motorcycle accident claims. Our experienced attorneys will expertly guide you through the legal landscape, providing support, advice, and robust representation at every turn.

Our legal team has comprehensive knowledge of the laws governing traffic, insurance, and personal injury claims as they relate to motorcycle accidents. This expertise ensures your case is managed with precision and skill.

CASE INVESTIGATION AND EVIDENCE COLLECTION

We will undertake an exhaustive investigation of your motorcycle accident, compiling key evidence such as police reports, eyewitness accounts, video surveillance, and medical documentation. This critical information helps to clarify liability, quantify your losses, and strengthen your claim.

IDENTIFYING RESPONSIBILITY

Pinpointing fault in motorcycle accidents can be intricate. Our attorneys in Plano will meticulously examine your case’s details to identify all liable parties, whether they are careless drivers, municipal entities, or motorcycle component manufacturers. Ensuring accountability from all relevant parties is crucial for securing the full compensation you’re entitled to.

LITIGATION AND COURTROOM ADVOCACY

Should negotiations fail to yield a satisfactory settlement, Mullen & Mullen is fully prepared to proceed with litigation. Our seasoned trial lawyers will assertively represent your interests in court, leveraging their legal acumen and persuasive abilities to fight for your rights.

COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT AND ADVICE

Recovering from a motorcycle accident encompasses more than just physical healing; it involves emotional recuperation and piecing your life back together. Our empathetic team at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm is here to offer the support and guidance necessary during these tough times, helping you access the resources needed for a full recovery.

We are dedicated to delivering exceptional legal representation to victims of motorcycle accidents, driven by a commitment to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve and to hold negligent parties accountable.

If you or someone close to you has been affected by a motorcycle accident, contact our devoted lawyers in Plano without delay. We provide a complimentary consultation to assess your situation, answer your queries, and equip you with the information required to make informed decisions about your legal options. Time is critical, so contact us today to allow our family to advocate for yours.

TYPES OF INJURIES COMMONLY SUFFERED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASHES

The inherent vulnerability of motorcyclists, due to minimal protective barriers and high exposure to surroundings, significantly elevates their risk of injuries. These injuries can vary widely in severity, from minor to critical.

Below are the frequent injuries encountered by motorcyclists:

Abrasive Skin Injuries (Road Rash)

When a motorcyclist’s body skids across the road surface, it can lead to road rash—abrasions and skin damage ranging from superficial grazes to severe lacerations. These injuries can be excruciating and, if not properly cared for, may lead to infections.

Bone Fractures And Breaks

The force of collisions often results in bone fractures and breaks for motorcyclists, with common injuries including fractures of the arms, legs, collarbones, ribs, and facial bones. These injuries can necessitate surgical intervention and often involve a protracted recovery period.

Head And Brain Injuries

Even with helmet use, motorcyclists are at risk for head injuries, from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can profoundly impact cognitive functions, memory, coordination, and brain health over the long term.

Spinal Cord Damage

Collisions can cause spinal cord injuries, potentially leading to partial or full paralysis. Such injuries may affect sensation, motor function, and autonomic functions below the injury level, often requiring lifetime medical care and rehabilitation.

Soft Tissue Damage

This category includes injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, such as whiplash, sprains, strains, and tears. These injuries can result in pain, swelling, reduced mobility, and may necessitate physical therapy or ongoing pain management.

Internal Organ Damage

Impacts can lead to internal injuries, including bleeding, organ trauma, or damage to vital organs like the lungs, liver, and kidneys. These injuries are particularly insidious as they might not be immediately noticeable but require urgent care to avoid severe complications.

Emotional And Psychological Impact

The psychological aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be as debilitating as physical injuries, with survivors possibly facing PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Professional psychological support and therapy play a critical role in recovery.

The repercussions of injuries from motorcycle accidents can profoundly affect one’s life, leading to chronic pain, permanent disabilities, financial strain due to lost income and medical expenses, and a decreased quality of life. It’s imperative for victims to obtain thorough medical evaluation and treatment and to seek legal advice to secure compensation for the extensive impacts of their injuries.

TEXAS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAW FAQ

Are Motorcycle Accident Claims Similar To Car Accident Claims?

Yes, they bear striking similarities. The majority of insurance coverage and available compensation options remain consistent. However, when it comes to liability, the opposing party may argue that you share some responsibility for the collision, often citing factors such as excessive speed or the absence of a helmet. Consequently, establishing a strong case against the at-fault party becomes exceedingly crucial, highlighting the importance of engaging a skilled personal injury attorney.

Is The Presence Of Witnesses Crucial For Your Claim?

Absolutely. This becomes particularly vital when the insurance company attempts to disavow 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 comprehensive evidence gathering, our accident investigators actively seek out potential witnesses to the motorcycle accident, even if they were not part of the initial police report. Our investigators possess extensive experience in thoroughly canvassing accident scenes to uncover potential witnesses.

It’s important to note that the insurance company will not simply accept that you sustained injuries. They will demand evidence of your injuries. Thus, seeking immediate medical care as soon as you experience any symptoms related to the motorcycle accident, regardless of how minor they may seem, is imperative.

Remember: Delaying medical treatment for your injuries after an accident may lead the insurance company to argue or insinuate that your claim involves a “gap in treatment,” suggesting a period during which you received no medical care. They often use this gap in treatment to question the authenticity of your injuries.

Who Bears Responsibility In Common Types Of Motorcycle Collisions?

Falling while navigating a curve

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

A car turning in front of you

This is the most frequent type of motorcycle accident. Motorists may sometimes fail to acknowledge the presence of a motorcycle due to their familiarity with cars, leading to inattention toward your smaller vehicle. Typically, fault should be assigned to the driver, although success in your claim is not guaranteed.

Injury while lane-splitting

Lane-splitting is neither explicitly permitted nor prohibited by Texas law. However, many jurors may consider negligence to be shared between both parties.

Not wearing a helmet

In this scenario, your liability is likely to increase. Texas follows a “comparative negligence” approach, meaning you can seek compensation if you are 50% or less responsible for your injuries. However, if you were not wearing a helmet and it could have mitigated or prevented your injuries, your ability to recover substantial compensation may 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 is possible to receive compensation even if the responsible party is not immediately identified. A jury may find your version of events more convincing, and it’s possible that witnesses who have not yet come forward could provide crucial information in the future. Additionally, an accident reconstruction expert might be able to determine the liable party using technical analysis and evidence from the vehicles involved.

Our team of accident investigators is highly trained to conduct comprehensive investigations to prevent cases from becoming mere disputes of word against word. They promptly interview known witnesses and actively seek out potential witnesses in surrounding areas, such as businesses or homes. For cases that require it, our skilled motorcycle accident lawyers in Plano will employ a professional accident reconstruction expert without requiring any upfront fees from you.

What Entities Might Have Records Pertinent To My Motorcycle Accident Or The Liable Party?

Depending on the specifics of your motorcycle accident, various organizations and agencies may hold important information. These 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 Law Firm, we consistently request records from these and other relevant agencies to support our clients’ cases. Should you choose our legal representation, we will diligently seek all pertinent records related to your accident, as well as any public records concerning the at-fault driver(s).

UNDERSTANDING LIABILITY AND FIRST-PARTY INJURY CLAIMS IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

What Does Filing A Liability Claim Entail?

A liability claim is filed with the insurance provider of the party at fault, which could be the driver of the vehicle that collided with you. If this driver was unlicensed, a claim might be made against them for negligently allowing an unlicensed or unfit driver to use the vehicle. Furthermore, if the at-fault individual was working at the time of the accident, you might file a liability claim against their employer based on the principle of Respondeat Superior.

What Are First-Party Claims In The Context Of Motorcycle Accident Injuries?

First-party claims are those you file with either your own insurance company or that of the vehicle’s owner. These can include:

PIP (Personal Injury Protection) Claims

This insurance offers “no-fault” benefits, covering medical expenses and lost wages. You are entitled to $2,500 in PIP coverage unless the insurance company can show you signed a waiver rejecting this coverage.

MedPay Coverage

MedPay, or Medical Payments coverage, operates similarly to PIP (Personal Injury Protection) insurance. However, if you recover damages from a third party, your insurer has the right to be reimbursed for the MedPay benefits you received.

Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Claims

To claim UIM benefits, you must first secure an offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance that is at or near the policy’s maximum limits. You are eligible for this type of coverage up to $30,000.00, provided that there is no documented refusal of such coverage by the policyholder. It’s important to note that you must obtain your own insurance company’s approval before accepting a settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurer. Ignoring this step could lead to your insurance denying coverage.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Claims

A UM claim is pursued when the driver responsible for the accident lacks the legally required insurance. In hit-and-run scenarios, for a UM claim to be valid, there must have been physical contact between the at-fault vehicle and either you or your motorcycle. If the at-fault vehicle remains unidentified, and there was no physical contact, UM coverage may not apply. However, in liability claims, direct physical contact is not a prerequisite. For instance, if you were forced to crash your motorcycle to avoid a collision with a driver who suddenly entered your lane, you could still seek compensation from that driver for their negligent actions.

What Are The Required Liability Coverage Minimums For Motorcycle Accidents In Texas?

In Texas, the law mandates that drivers, including motorcyclists, maintain liability insurance coverage of at least $30,000 for each injured person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident for bodily injury. However, it’s not rare for the responsible party’s insurance to have much higher limits, potentially up to $250,000 per individual and $500,000 per accident or more.

For example, if you and a passenger are injured in a motorcycle accident and the driver at fault has insurance coverage limits of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident, the most the insurance would cover is $30,000 for each of you, with a total maximum payout of $60,000 by the insurer for that incident. This cap applies regardless of the severity of the injuries, such as in cases where someone incurs multiple fractures.

It’s critical to identify all potential insurance coverage sources to protect your rights fully. Mullen & Mullen is committed to promptly filing all possible claims, including those with first-party insurers that may have filing deadlines, and exploring additional claims from the start of your case. Our firm also performs asset investigations on at-fault drivers with minimal liability coverage to determine if they have assets that could be pursued beyond the insurance coverage. Similarly, first-party insurers often conduct their asset searches before approving settlements that involve accepting the policy limits from an at-fault driver’s insurance.

GETTING YOUR MOTORCYCLE REPAIRED OR REPLACED PROMPTLY

Should You Choose The Body Shop Recommended By Your Insurance Company?

It is advisable not to follow the recommendation of the liability insurance carrier when it comes to selecting a body shop for your motorcycle repair. The reason behind their recommendation is simple: these shops often offer lower repair costs in exchange for a higher volume of business from the insurance company. However, they may not always use the best quality parts or employ the most skilled mechanics.

Instead, exercise your right to choose the repair facility for your motorcycle. You can opt for the dealership where you originally purchased your motorcycle or a reputable service facility of your choice. Take charge of the situation by deciding who will be responsible for repairing your bike.

Will You Be Provided With A Rental Car?

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

Can Mullen & Mullen Assist You In Securing A Rental Vehicle?

Certainly. Mullen & Mullen is ready to help clients in obtaining a rental car while the liability carrier for the at-fault party evaluates whether your motorcycle qualifies as a “total loss” should any issues arise.

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

Absolutely, but this often requires enlisting an expert to determine the extent of the diminished value. We regularly provide financial support to clients to facilitate the assessment of diminished value when it is warranted.

What If Your Motorcycle Is Declared A Total Loss?

If the insurance carrier for the at-fault party or your own insurer declares your motorcycle a “total loss,” you have the right to receive compensation based on the fair market value of your vehicle or damages equivalent to the selling price of similar motorcycles in the open market. This valuation is not determined by KBB or NADA.

DETERMINING NON-ECONOMIC COMPENSATION

Are you eligible to seek compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering?

In the event of a motorcycle accident resulting in injury, you may be entitled to various non-economic damages, including:

  • Past and future pain and suffering.
  • Past and future mental distress.
  • Past and future physical impairment.
  • Other non-economic losses.

It is crucial to note that quantifying these damages is challenging. Unlike the straightforward calculation of medical bills, determining the exact amount a jury may award for non-economic damages is impossible due to numerous influencing factors.

At Mullen & Mullen, we actively track recent verdicts and consider the jurisdiction where your lawsuit could be filed when assessing cases. With over 40 years of experience, our law firm can evaluate cases by referencing previous similar incidents with comparable injuries. Our dedicated attorneys are committed to advocating for non-economic damages and will work closely with you to establish the central narrative of your injury claim.

We often create and utilize “day in the life videos.” These videos document a client’s daily experiences, illustrating how the accident has impacted every aspect of their life. Additionally, these videos assist insurance adjusters in gaining a better understanding of your claimed injuries and limitations, as well as how you would present your case to a jury.

ESTABLISHING ECONOMIC DAMAGES

Can You Seek Compensation For Lost Wages?

Absolutely. However, it is crucial to substantiate these damages through a preponderance of evidence, a process known as “proving-up.” The Mullen & Mullen Law Firm can provide you with the necessary documentation to present to your employer, aiding you in confirming your lost wages.

Is It Possible To Recover Damages For Future Lost Wages?

Certainly. This form of compensation is typically referred to as the loss of earning capacity. At the Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we frequently engage the services of economists, vocational rehabilitation consultants, or a combination of both to assist our clients in substantiating past wage losses or projecting future earning capacity losses.

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

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

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

In cases of traumatic injuries requiring lifelong accommodations, Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys employ certified life care planners to assess the necessity of such accommodations, covering the expenses on your behalf.

PUNITIVE & EXEMPLARY DAMAGES

Exemplary damages, often referred to as punitive damages, can be challenging to secure but are intended to penalize the at-fault parties. Obtaining punitive damages necessitates a finding of gross negligence or recklessness.

Situations In Which Punitive Damages Could Be Argued Or Awarded Include:

  • If the Defendant was driving under the influence or intoxicated.
  • If the Defendant had been sleep-deprived for an extended period.
  • If the Defendant was using a cell phone and excessively speeding.
  • If the Defendant was engaged in a race with another vehicle.
  • Any other circumstance in which the Defendant acted recklessly or with gross negligence.

NAVIGATING COMPENSATION FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES

Determining The Value Of Your Claim

Beware of 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, including arguments presented by the insurance adjuster. At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm, we offer a contingent contract where you owe no attorney fees or expenses unless we secure a recovery for you. Our primary objective is aligned with yours: achieving the highest possible settlement.

Factors Influencing Claim Value

Numerous elements can impact the value of your personal injury claim, such as:

  • Arguments presented by the insurance adjuster or defense attorney.
  • Unexplained gaps in your medical treatment.
  • Comparative negligence.
  • Subjective injuries (soft-tissue and sprain/strain) versus objective injuries (e.g., broken or fractured bones).
  • Total medical bills incurred.
  • Estimated future medical expenses.
  • Liability factors (e.g., distracted at-fault motorist).
  • Emotional ramifications (e.g., loss of property due to the collision).
  • Venue (jurisdiction for potential lawsuit).
  • Challenging Comparative Negligence

Insurance companies may argue that you were partially at fault, especially if biases against motorcyclists exist, such as assuming all engage in speeding. If you are found negligent in the motorcycle accident, any damages awarded by a jury would be reduced in proportion to your assigned percentage of fault. For example, a $250,000 award with 40% fault on your part would result in a final verdict of $150,000.

Limitations On Recovery For Negligent Parties

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

Contesting Medical Bill Disputes

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

Seeking Compensation For Pre-Existing Injuries

In Texas, the “Eggshell Plaintiff” doctrine is recognized, which means you must accept the plaintiff’s condition as it was at the time of the accident. If a person is more susceptible to injury due to a pre-existing condition, you are still liable for any additional damages that may result. Our attorneys at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm are well-versed in this doctrine and can help gather evidence to support your case.

Choosing Settlement Or Lawsuit

Deciding whether to accept the insurance company’s final offer depends on several factors, including additional attorney fees and case expenses associated with litigation. Our Dallas personal injury attorneys will provide guidance based on your best interests, factoring in risk versus reward, but the final decision remains entirely yours.

The Litigation Process

When a lawsuit is filed, several typical events occur:

  • Legal fees increase significantly.
  • Case expenses rise significantly.
  • The process usually takes 9-12 months if settled before trial or potentially years if trial becomes necessary.
  • You may be required to respond to written discovery questions, participate in a deposition, and attend court-ordered mediation.

PREJUDICE AGAINST MOTORCYCLISTS AND COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE

Do Insurance Adjusters And Jurors Hold Biases Against Motorcyclists?

Certainly, some insurance adjusters and jurors may have inherent biases, potentially associating all motorcyclists with reckless riders they’ve encountered on the road. Consequently, it becomes crucial to establish evidence showing that you adhered to traffic regulations and operated your motorcycle safely and responsibly.

Does Helmet Usage Make A Difference?

Indeed, helmet usage is significant. Insurance adjusters may argue, and a jury could potentially determine, that you bear some comparative negligence for not wearing a helmet. The insurance company is likely to contend that your injuries were exacerbated because you failed to comply with the law by not wearing a helmet.

CONTACT US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

Call (972) 947-3370 to talk to a Plano 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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