Dallas is a great bicycling city. We have several bike trails and multi-use paths in parks and pathways around the community. Riding on the roadways, however, can be dangerous. Motor vehicle drivers engaging in hazardous activities like distracted driving or failing to follow the rules of the road can cause an accident in an instant.
Bicycle accidents can be extremely serious. Their smaller profile and lack of protection can turn even minor accidents into an injurious event. Bicyclists are susceptible to head, musculoskeletal, and spinal cord injuries, all of which can lead to lengthy recovery times and significantly change a person’s life forever.
Facing the Aftermath of a Bike Accident
Injured bicyclists may have to take time off of work while juggling increasing medical bills, bike damage bills, and loss of quality of life. For those with catastrophic injuries and the families of deceased victims, the impact of a bicycle accident can last a lifetime.
In addition to dealing with insurance companies that are always looking for the best deal, bicyclists may also face negligent drivers who refuse to face the facts. To get opposing parties to honor a fair settlement claim, a lawsuit may be the only course of action. Negligent drivers and insurance companies may not understand the application of the law in your accident case, and an experienced personal injury attorney can help with so much more than the development of a case.
At the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, our team of attorneys can help you find quality medical treatment, pursue a 3rd party investigation of your accident and secure expert witnesses to help clarify the facts of the case, and deal with insurance adjustors on your behalf. The only thing that an accident victim should be concerned with is healing and learning how to cope with any long-term injuries. Don’t let the complex paperwork and logistics after an accident keep you from taking the time to heal. Talk to a trusted attorney to understand your rights in a case and the best course of action for obtaining compensation.
When to Call an Attorney
Some injured bicyclists may wait to see how the days after an accident pan out. Waiting to contact an attorney can make a difference in case investigations and can hinder your chances at obtaining the highest amount of compensation. In some cases, a product manufacturer may be to blame for a devastating accident. Understanding the evidence can play a pivotal role in holding the manufacturing company responsible for its role in your injuries.
Contact an attorney before you speak with insurance adjustors to get a free case evaluation. An experienced attorney can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about pursuing a case. If you talk to an adjustor first or wait to consult a legal professional, your own statements can work against you in any future cases.
When Bicyclists are Negligent
Under Texas law, if a bicyclist is found to be responsible for 50% or more of an accident, he or she may be unable to obtain any compensation in an accident case. When bicyclists fail to follow the rules of the road by running stop signs, turning quickly into traffic, or riding the wrong way down a one-way street, they are acting negligently. Make sure that you understand the local and state laws for bicycling before you head out on the roadways. Doing so could save your life and prevent a lawsuit aimed at you.
Contact the attorneys at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert for a free case evaluation or to learn more about our approach to personal injury law.