Get Help With Your Texas Bicycle Accident Case
For over a decade, the attorneys at The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. have fought to protect injured bicyclists. Our Texas bike accident attorneys have won millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims and have the dedication to stand up to insurance companies, going all the way to trial if necessary to get you fair compensation. In 2015, Texas was third in the nation in bicycle accident fatalities, with a fatality rate of 1.8 per million residents. If a bicycle accident left you injured, know our attorneys are here to help.
Many bicycle accidents result from the negligence of the drivers with whom they share the road. Even when cyclists take every reasonable precaution, a driver who fails to observe them can still injure them in an accident.
Bicycle accidents often occur when a driver:
- Is turning left at an intersection and the cyclist is going straight
- Opens his or her door on the side of the road into the bicyclist
- Fails to yield the right-of-way at an intersection
- Is speeding and cannot stop in time to avoid hitting a cyclist
- Fails to observe a cyclist stopped at an intersection
Avoiding Bicycle Accidents
While you may not be able to avoid every danger on the road, you can do some things to minimize your risk of being in a bike accident.
Wearing brightly colored clothing helps you stand out and catch the attention of drivers. Similarly, wearing reflective stripes on a jacket or helmet can help you stand out if riding at night.
Lights on the front and back of the bicycle work especially well at night but can also help make you more visible during daylight hours.
While Texas does not have any state laws regarding wearing a helmet while cycling, a helmet is one of the best things you can do to help prevent or reduce head injury if you are in an accident.
Even if you do not take these extra precautions to avoid an accident, bicyclists have a right to share the roads with cars and expect drivers to be aware of cyclists sharing the road.
Seeking Compensation After an Accident
Bicycle injuries are often more likely to cause serious injuries for the cyclist than for those involved in a car accident. Without the protective surroundings of the automobile, a bicyclist is more vulnerable to serious injuries.
Serious injuries often rack up expensive medical expenses. If someone else’s negligence left you with injuries, you can seek compensation for hospital bills, ambulance costs, doctor bills, and prescription medication. You may also seek compensation for lost wages due to missed time at work. If the injury impacts your ability to earn money in the future, you may also seek compensation for diminished earning capacity.
Finally, you may also seek compensation for the pain and suffering you endure because of your injury. Though no one can place an exact price on your suffering, your lawyer can negotiate compensation as part of a settlement or award by a judge and jury if your lawsuit goes to trial.
Get the Legal Counsel You Need
Facing insurance companies on your own is a daunting process with the injured party facing huge negotiation disadvantages. The Law Office of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C., is one of only two percent of Texas attorneys certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our specialization gives us the experience and expertise you need to get compensation after your bicycle accident. Call today and set up a free consultation with an attorney experienced in handling your case.