Houston Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Your involvement in a bike wreck could mean you’re entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. Consult with an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Houston for assistance pursuing your claim.
If you are a biker who was recently injured in a serious bicycle accident, you may have the opportunity to recover the money you’re owed from the person or persons who are liable for the cause of the accident. Your Houston bicycle accident lawyer will need to examine all of the details of your case and gather the evidence needed to support your claim against the negligent entity.
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we believe that you should never have to cover your own costs when someone else is responsible for causing your bike crash injuries. From negotiating with the insurance company to presenting your case before a judge and jury, our firm is fully prepared to take on your personal injury case so you can reclaim control of your life.
Common Types of Bike Crash Injuries
Due to the fact that bikers aren’t afforded the surrounding protection that a motor vehicle offers its drivers, bikers are at an increased risk of injury should they collide with a motor vehicle. It is quite common, in fact, for bicyclists to suffer from amputations, spinal cord injuries, whiplash, traumatic brain damage, scarring, disfigurement, broken bones, and several other types of injuries.
When diagnosed with injuries this severe, survivors have required surgical intervention to treat their injuries as well as physical and/or occupational therapies to learn how to live with permanently debilitating conditions. With the cost of healthcare being so high, you’ll need to do everything possible to get these costs covered by the liable party.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
Establishing fault is arguably the most important aspect of a bike crash claim. In most cases, the driver of the vehicle that struck you will be found culpable, more than likely due to their dangerous driving habits, such as distracted driving, operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fatigued driving, and aggressive driving, for instance.
However, if a part on your bike or the driver’s vehicle malfunctioned, the bicycle or vehicle manufacturer could be found responsible for causing the collision.
Additionally, if there was a missing street sign, broken traffic lights, debris in the road, or some other roadway hazard that made it impossible for the driver who hit you to avoid doing so, then the Texas Department of Transportation could be to blame.
As can be seen, figuring out who is at fault for a bicycle accident can be a challenge, but your Houston attorney has the experience needed to establish liability in a timely manner so your case can continue to move forward.
Shared Fault in Texas
Many bicycle crash survivors refrain from filing a claim in Houston because they believe they don’t have a case if they are partially at fault for their injuries. Perhaps they failed to stay in the bike lane; maybe they weren’t following the traffic laws by running stop signs or red lights; perhaps they failed to cross the street through the provided crosswalk.
In any case, Texas is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that even those who have contributed to their injuries have the right to hold the primarily liable party to account for their negligent actions. Injury victims will then take responsibility for their contribution by having their award reduced as per their percentage of fault. Here’s an example:
Tony was traveling on his bike after a long day of work when he decided to cross through the crosswalk, despite the fact that it was blinking “Don’t Walk.” He was then struck by a driver who was texting while driving. Due to Tony’s part in violating traffic laws, he was found 5 percent to blame for the cause of the accident, his $300,000 award was reduced by 5 percent, and his case was resolved at a final settlement of $285,000.
Your attorney will work diligently to ensure that only the appropriate amount of blame is placed on you so that you aren’t taken advantage of by profit-hungry insurance companies or the primarily liable party.
Schedule Your Free Bike Wreck Claim Review
When you have suffered catastrophic injuries due to your involvement in a bike crash and you are interested in seeking compensation from the culpable party or parties, reach out to a highly trained Houston bicycle accident lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP.
We provide injury survivors across Houston with a free consultation so we can further discuss the specific details of your case. To take advantage of this opportunity, simply complete the online contact form we have provided at the bottom of this page or call us at 214-522-9404.