There is an exhilarating feeling that comes with riding a bicycle. Whether you are cycling for recreation, getting around, improving your health, or even avoiding the craze that car traffic in Texas is, cycling is a fast-growing hobby. While there are a million reasons why this activity has gained so much momentum, there are equally many reasons why some people don’t want to ride the two-wheelers anymore. Cyclists are prone to unimaginable dangers especially due to the prejudice and bias against them by other motorists.
If you were injured, or someone you know was killed in an accident involving a cyclist, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your losses. Like other personal injury cases, you will be required to mount a solid case proving fault on another party. Unfortunately, not so many people can comprehend the complex process that compensation is. Therefore, it would be best if you hired a seasoned Houston bicycle accident lawyer to handle the case on your behalf.
According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were at least 1,000 accidents fatalities in 2015 that involved a bicycle, with over 467,000 people sustaining injuries the same year. With the increased number of bicycle users, these numbers have equally skyrocketed. Sadly, many accidents have been attributed to negligence, just as other auto wrecks.
The most common causes of these kinds of accidents are:
As you may have seen, many accidents are attributed to negligent behaviors from other motorists. The bias against cyclists from drivers continues to put them in harm’s way. Such behavior should not be tolerated on our roads. For this reason, our Houston bike accident attorneys are happy to help you hold the other party legally and financially responsible for your injuries and losses.
Each accident is unique and calls for different legal approaches. Liability and damages are the common factors that come into play when determining what type of claim to file. For example, multiple parties may carry fault, and each may be held accountable for the specific role they played in the accident or your injuries. Our Houston bike incident attorneys have handled different cases involving:
Personal injury claims are the most common in Texas. When someone fails to observe the required standard of care towards you, resulting in foreseeable harm, you may file this claim against their insurance company. Most of these cases are resolved through negotiations with insurance adjusters. An initial offer is usually made, from where back-and-forth negotiations start. A mutual agreement may be reached, and a settlement made. You may also proceed to file a personal injury lawsuit if the offers made do not reflect your losses.
Wrongful death lawsuits are brought forward when someone is killed under circumstances deemed to have been preventable but for negligence. Since the deceased cannot pursue compensation, their estate or surviving family members such as parents, children, or spouse may file a survival or wrongful death claim. Recoverable damages may include lost wages, lost financial benefits, loss of consortium, burial/funeral expenses, and loss of companionship. A compassionate wrongful death attorney is essential.
Not all accidents of this nature stem from negligence behavior on the part of drivers and other road users. Sometimes, a defective part may contribute to a crash. In such instances, the bicycle or product manufacturer may be held legally responsible for your injuries and the losses that follow. Strict liability laws may impact your case. For that reason, you will need a seasoned attorney by your side.
Pursuing compensation through negotiations or a court process may sound easy until you’re on the other end. A lot of work goes into making a successful case. Having suffered serious injuries, or lost a loved one, you lack the knowledge, focus, and determination required to make a solid case. Retaining a skilled Houston bike accident attorney will help you with:
Above all, a dedicated attorney will give you peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about legal requirements and deadlines. Contact Lone Star Injury Attorneys today to discuss your case with our award-winning Houston bicycle accident lawyers.