Houston Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Riding your bike for fitness, recreation, commuting, or any combination is an eco-friendly way to travel, but it is not without risks. Every day, cyclists are hurt in collisions with vehicles, incidents with pedestrians, other cyclists or scooter riders, or are hurt due to defective or poorly maintained roadways.
If you’ve been severely injured in a cycling accident that was not your fault, you shouldn’t have to struggle financially as a result. Far too many accident victims have to deal not only with excruciating pain and the inconvenience of medical treatment and recovery after a crash but may find it difficult to pay their bills and support themselves and their families on top of this unnecessary stress and strain.
When another person’s carelessness or recklessness is to blame for your injuries, ongoing medical care, and compromised mobility, seek the support of an aggressive personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney can investigate your case, help determine fault, negotiate with insurers, and pursue the financial resources that you need to heal and move on. While the representation of a competent attorney won’t undo the pain and suffering that you’ve already experienced, it can provide some much-needed financial relief and closure.
If a bicycle accident has brought your life as you know it to a standstill (or worse, sets you back from where you were), reach out to Attorney Tom. Our compassionate team understands what you’re up against when you or a family member is struggling with serious injuries. You deserve an advocate both in and out of the courtroom, and that’s the level of personal service that Attorney Tom provides.
While the goal is to negotiate a comprehensive financial settlement for you as expediently as possible, if the at-fault party is unwilling to settle, Attorney Tom will not hesitate to take your case to court. When it comes to fighting for your best interests, we don’t compromise. Get in touch with our Houston bicycle accident attorneys to speak about your case today at (713) 244-6363 or reach out to us online.
Do I Need a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver who ignores the rules of the road, you need a lawyer with experience, tenacity, and compassion handling your case. While you can certainly pursue an injury claim without the guidance of an attorney, the likelihood of recovering a fair settlement is much higher when you have a qualified legal professional representing your interests.
While some careless drivers are willing to accept blame for their part in your injury, this simply isn’t the case for everyone. If the at-fault party successfully pins the blame onto you for their wrongdoing, you may be unable to collect a settlement at all. In this way, hiring a skilled personal injury attorney is both an effective way to pursue compensation and also a method to defend your rights.
To obtain the settlement that you deserve, it is critical to understand what exactly your injuries have cost you, both financially and otherwise. When you or a loved one is hurt in a bicycle accident, immediate and ongoing medical expenses can quickly throw you into a stressful financial position. Money problems coupled with lost wages, limited mobility, and chronic pain also needs to be taken into consideration when seeking a fair settlement.
Attorney Tom will work closely with you to learn exactly how your injuries have impacted your life. Though accidents happen in the blink of an eye, they can have consequences for the rest of your life. The goal is to make sure that you have the resources that you need to cope with your injuries now and in the future.
Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle
The majority of accidents and injuries caused to cyclists occur because of negligent drivers. To understand the risks posed to cyclists, it is important to take a look at certain dangerous driver behaviors. Moreover, about half of all cyclist injuries occur at roadway intersections in the following ways:
- Right-of-way misinterpretation – Cyclists are afforded the same rights at intersections as drivers. However, drivers are often unaware of this, and instead, assume they have the right of way over cyclists. This miscalculation puts cyclists at a greater risk for collisions and injuries.
- Speed miscalculation – Many drivers commonly think they can pass through the intersection before the cyclist approaches. Unfortunately, they often misjudge the speed at which the cyclist is traveling. If a vehicle wrongfully enters an intersection, the cyclists could collide with the car, or vice versa, injuring the cyclist.
- Right turns – As they turn right, drivers often fail to check for blind spots. When this occurs, they either cut off cyclists behind them or strike them as they try to pass.
- Left turns – When a driver is focused on turning before oncoming traffic approaches, they often neglect to look for passing bicyclists.
When a cyclist is struck, in addition to the impact that they absorb, they can also be thrown into oncoming traffic. For obvious reasons, this puts cyclists at more risk of secondary injury.
In addition to the dangers that intersections present, the following driver behaviors also put cyclists at risk:
- Disregarded traffic signage
- Impaired driving
- Failure to check mirrors and blind spots while reversing
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Speeding in residential zones
- Not driving to road or weather conditions
Drivers have a duty to other motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians to conduct themselves reasonably. If you have been the victim of a driver’s carelessness, do not hesitate to give Attorney Tom a call.
Reaching out to a lawyer can be a tough decision for some people to make because not every firm provides the same level of customer service or expertise. Whenever you decide, however, we are ready to hear your story and advise you accordingly. And you owe us nothing unless we win financial compensation for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
As suggested above, when you are looking for the best motorcycle accident attorney to manage your case, you should be selective. The quality of your legal representation could make the difference in recovering much-needed compensation or being left empty-handed.
We know you have concerns when you’re looking for legal counsel, which is why we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions. Read over them and call us at (713) 244-6363 today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case in more detail.
Yes, absolutely. Though drivers are often to blame for causing injuries to cyclists, this isn’t true across the board. Bike manufacturers, distributors, retailers, or others in the chain of distribution could be liable if a bike defect is ultimately to blame for an injury. Also, bike shops may be responsible for faulty repairs.
Government entities or property owners could be held responsible if certain conditions put cyclists in danger. An important part of your lawyer’s job is to investigate exactly how your accident occurred to determine all possible liable parties.
Yes. if you have been thrown from your bike in a collision or struck by a car while cycling, no matter how low the impact, no matter how much protective gear you were wearing, you should obtain an evaluation from a medical professional. There are numerous reasons for this.
First and foremost, your health depends on it. In some cases, injuries like concussions or internal organ damage do not have obvious physical symptoms. If these conditions are left untreated, injury victims could ultimately suffer fatal consequences.
Secondly, if you pursue an injury claim without visiting a doctor, the at-fault party’s insurer or lawyer may question the severity of your injuries or whether they were related to the bicycle accident at all.
Injury victims or their loved ones must file an injury claim in court within a time frame known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies depending on the state in which your injury occurred. If you fail to file by the legal deadline, you will likely be unable to collect compensation for your losses.
In addition to acting quickly to file within the legal time limitation, reaching out to a lawyer as soon as possible will aid in the investigative process. Your lawyer will have a better chance of obtaining any records, witness information, and traffic recordings if they can take action soon after the accident. These advantages can directly affect the outcome of your case, including a higher possibility of a substantial out-of-court settlement.
Each case is unique, but the overall value of your claim tends to be influenced by certain factors which can include:
- The severity of your injuries
- How your injuries have altered your life
- Past, current, and ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning potential
If your bicycle accident injuries prevent you from working long term, your settlement will look much different than an injury victim who is poised to make a full recovery. For a free case evaluation, get in touch with Attorney Tom today.
I was injured because I rode my bicycle over a pothole. Do I have a case?
If it can be established that the property was in an unsuitable condition and that you had permission to ride on the road at the time of your accident, you may potentially have a case. Property owners, governmental agencies, and other entities responsible for the upkeep of roads must either warn drivers and cyclists of road defects or act quickly to resolve obstacles or defects.
Reach Out to a Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
While it is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what you should do following a bicycle injury, know that you have options. No one understands how all-consuming the pain and expense of an injury is until they are harmed because of someone else’s wrongdoing on the road.
Though this may be your first time struggling with an injury, Attorney Tom is ready, willing, and able to fight for people like you. With hard work and persistence, our dedicated team is committed to helping injury victims, and their families get through difficult times. To discuss your case with our team, call (713) 244-6363, or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.