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Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Holding Drivers Responsible For Severe Bicycle Accident Injuries

Fatal bicycle accidents have plagued the United States for decades. The number of bicyclists seriously or fatally injured by a motor vehicle has increased over the past two years and is at its highest since 1995.

Bicycle accidents are largely preventable and due to the negligence and recklessness of motorists. Cyclists and bikers should not have to risk their lives in order to ride a bike on the roadways.

Injuries that can occur in a bicycle-automobile accident include:

UNITED STATES BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • In 2015, a total of 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes involving a motor vehicle
    • This number is the highest it has been since 1995 and a 13 percent increase from 2014
  • Bicyclist deaths represent two percent of all motor vehicle traffic crash deaths
  • 24 percent of bicyclist deaths occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • 70 percent of bicyclists were killed in urban areas
  • 35 percent of bicyclist deaths occurred at intersections

SIX BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORISTS

According to yieldtolife, here are a few tips for motorists to help keep bicyclists safe on the roadways.

  1. Treat bicyclists like other slow-moving cars on the roads. Cyclists are allowed to ride on the road.
  2. Be cautious while passing cyclists. Be sure you have ample space before doing so.
  3. Keep an eye out for bicyclists behind you while attempting right turns.
  4. When attempting a left turn, watch for bicyclists traveling in the opposite direction.
  5. Look for cyclists when backing out of your driveway.
  6. Before opening your car door after parallel parking, make sure no cyclists are approaching.

HOW DO BICYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR?

Bicycle accidents are oftentimes caused by inattentive, reckless, and negligent drivers. Bicyclists can suffer serious injuries when drivers:

  • Back out of driveways without looking for bicyclists
  • Turning (left or right) without checking for bicyclists approaching
  • Ignore traffic signs and speed limits
  • Fail to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists on the road
  • Drive drunk or impaired

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?

Your actions immediately following a bicycle accident are important. In the case of any motor vehicle accident, it is paramount that evidence is preserved and an experienced bicycle accident lawyer is contacted. If you have been in a bicycle accident, follow these five steps.

  1. File a police report. Even if you do not think you are injured at the time of the accident, you may feel the effects hours or days later.
  2. Obtain driver and witness contact information. Be sure to get this information even if police have already included it in their report.
  3. Document what happened. Take pictures at the scene. As soon as possible after the accident, write down everything you can remember about what happened.
  4. Preserve evidence. Don’t get your bike fixed or replace your helmet.
  5. Decide how to proceed. If you decide to hire a bicycle accident attorney, do not talk to any insurance company until you have spoken with your attorney.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED BICYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced automobile and bicycle injury lawyers have handled a multitude of accident cases and have achieved record-breaking, real results for injured clients. We ensure that you are in the best position possible to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for your case. You can recover compensation for medical expenses, your pain and suffering, and lost wages form missing work. Our injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Contact us today for a free case review.

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Bicycle Accident FAQs

Do you have questions after being injured in a bicycle accident? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced Texas bicycle accident lawyer — available 24/7, nights and weekends.

  • If I suffer an injury while on my bicycle, who can be held liable?

    Depending on the circumstances surrounding your bike accident, you can possibly recover from the negligent vehicle driver, the vehicle owner, manufacturer or retailer of the bicycle or vehicle, a bicycle repair shop, or the entity that controls and maintains the road where the accident occurred.

  • I hit a pothole in the road with my bicycle and was seriously injured. Do I have a case?

    It depends on the location of the pothole and whether it was created as a result of someone’s negligence or created naturally. The longer the pothole has existed and the larger the pothole is, the greater the chance that you have a case for your bicycle crash injury.

  • I was injured after a car ran my bicycle off the road. The car never hit me, but can they be held liable for causing my accident?

    Yes. If a driver runs you off the road or forces you to take evasive maneuvers to avoid being hit by them, you may certainly pursue a case against them if you can prove them liable.

  • How soon after an accident should I get a lawyer?

    Quickly. To be safe, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible, especially if the injuries are severe or a death has resulted. All too often valuable evidence disappears, witnesses move, memories grow dim and the practical ability to prove your case may diminish. If you are still being treated by a physician, an attorney can also provide you with guidance concerning your medical care and help you deal with unpaid bills and getting needed treatment. Legal advice can also be useful if you have questions about the settlement value of a claim, your insurance policy’s terms, or suspect bad faith on the part of your insurance company. Contact Thomas J. Henry to discuss your personal injury case for free.

  • I was injured through someone else’s carelessness. What should I do?

    If you were injured through someone’s careless or negligent action, you may have a claim. It is important to consult with an attorney at Thomas J. Henry to determine if your injury was caused by the negligent actions of someone else. Be sure to see if there are any witnesses to the injury and document the incident with photographs. Also make sure to get contact information for the responsible party, as well as any witnesses. This information will help should you later present a claim for your injuries.

  • What is my personal injury claim worth?

    Personal injury claims are usually resolved by either settlement or by a jury trial. When a case is settled, it is the client’s decision of whether to accept a settlement offer. The lawyer will advise the client as to the potential value of the claim. Lawyers evaluate the potential value of a claim by predicting what a jury would do based on experience with similar claims. A jury can consider all sorts of damages in a personal injury case including medical expenses in the past and in the future, loss of earnings in the past and in the future as a result of the injury, physical pain and mental anguish in the past and in the future, physical impairment—that is loss of use—in the past and future, and disfigurement in the past and future. The jury has discretion in awarding the sums. We can give you advice on the value of your claim based on our experience with some of our claims and similar jury results.

  • Who can file a personal injury claim?

    Anyone who has suffered an injury due to the direct result of someone else’s negligent actions can file a personal injury claim.

  • I'm injured and my mobility is limited. How can I meet with a lawyer?

    If your injuries or your distance inhibit your ability to make it to our offices in San Antonio or Corpus Christi, we can come to you. At Thomas J. Henry, our experienced personal injury lawyers can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at your workplace — wherever you reside. Contact us today to set up a free legal consultation.

  • Do I have a case if I was hit by a drunk driver?

    Assuming that the drunk driver is covered by liability insurance, you have a very good claim against the drunk driver and his insurance company. Because of the extreme danger a drunk driver poses to the public, drunk driving crash victims are able to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver and his insurance company. Also, if a business decides to keep serving beer or alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person and that person causes a motor vehicle accident, the business can be found liable for injuries caused by the intoxicated person.

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