Have you or a loved one been injured in a bicycle accident in Houston? If the accident was the result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. A Houston personal injury attorney can help you get the financial recovery you need to move forward.
Over the past decade, the popularity of cycling in the United States has gone through the roof. These days, people use their bikes for exercise, to save gas and help the environment, and for other practical purposes like commuting to work. However, while the surge in biking is great for the environment and the health of cyclists, bicyclists are vulnerable to suffering severe injuries in traffic accidents, especially since many drivers aren’t always looking out for them.
If you were injured in an accident while bicycling, you need a lawyer to stand up for your rights. To learn more about how to file a claim and receive the compensation you deserve, contact Kherkher Garcia, LLP at (713) 333-1030 for a free consultation with one of our experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Houston.
- Common Bicycle Accident Injuries in Texas
- Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Houston
- Determining Who Is At Fault and Understanding Comparative Negligence
- Frequency of Bicycle Accidents in Texas
- Frequently Asked Questions about Bicycle Accidents in Houston
- Contact the Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Houston
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries in Texas
There are many great places for cyclists to explore all over Texas. Unfortunately, without proper bike lanes, signage, and other important rules and regulations to keep riders safe, bicyclists in many Texas cities are at risk of injury. Also, because of the traffic congestion in some major Texas cities, riders are often forced to share the road with vehicles, which increases the danger of accidents between cars and cyclists.
As much fun as bicycling can be, it’s also extremely dangerous to be riding alongside cars that are bigger and usually going faster speeds. Unlike drivers, who have the advantage of 3,500 pounds of vehicle enclosing them, bicyclists aren’t protected by anything but their helmets. This makes them more vulnerable, and accidents between cyclists and cars or trucks can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries for cyclists.
Listed below are some of the most common injuries bicyclists suffer in Houston:
- Back injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Soft tissue injuries like bruises and sprains
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
Suffering an injury in a bicycle accident can be painful, debilitating, and may have potentially life-altering consequences. No one should be forced to endure the results of an accident because of the negligence of another driver when sharing the road. A Houston bicycle accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you need to pay for the medical expenses that result from such an injury.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Houston
Houston has numerous excellent bike trails throughout the city. However, in places where bike trails don’t exist, sharing the road with cars in Houston can be dangerous. Houston is a congested city and has been known for bad traffic and fast freeways. As a result, bicycle accidents in Houston are relatively common.
Sadly, hundreds of bicyclists are injured or killed on Texas roads every year in accidents with motor vehicles. When bicyclists are injured in accidents because of the negligence of automobile drivers and other vehicles on the road, they have the right to file a claim against the wrongdoers.
Listed below are some of the most common situations leading to accidents between vehicles and cyclists:
Right/Left Turns – Cars and other vehicles making left and right turns can be dangerous for cyclists. Drivers sometimes don’t pay attention and make quick turns that can endanger cyclists. Drivers may speed up to make right turns and, in doing so, cut-off bicyclists. The bicycle rider may have no option then but to crash into the car or crash into a ditch or shoulder.
Car doors opening (“dooring accidents”) – Streets that have parallel parking spots are particularly dangerous for this type of accident. When drivers open their doors into the street without looking, passing cyclists can crash into the door. Sometimes car doors are opened into bike lines. When this happens, and the cyclist is traveling at high speed, serious injuries can result.
Rear-end collisions – Because bikes can stop much more quickly than vehicles, drivers who fail to keep a safe following distance can crash into cyclists from behind. With no protection but a helmet, a bicycle rider in this situation can be critically injured.
Unsafe lane changes – When a driver changes lanes without signaling, checking their blind spots, or ensuring the lane is clear, they may merge into a bicyclist's lane and hit them.
Running through a stop sign or red light – When a driver runs through a stop sign or red light, they may crash into a cyclist who has already legally entered the intersection.
Distracted driving – One of the most common causes of bicycling accidents is vehicle drivers not paying attention. Whether they are texting, eating, or talking on the phone, distracted drivers are a major threat to cyclists and other drivers on the road.
When bikers do everything right on the road, and a driver makes a mistake, the bicyclist can suffer serious injuries that can change the trajectory of their life. If the driver was negligent, compensation for your injuries may be available.
Determining Who Is At Fault and Understanding Comparative Negligence
In a legal sense, cycling accidents are no different than car accidents, and determining who is at fault is crucial to understanding what happened and who should be compensated. A cyclist who was injured in an accident by a negligent driver can be compensated for their injuries, medical bills, and pain and suffering. However, determining who was at fault is not always easy.
Texas is a modified comparative negligence state. What that means is that even if you were partly at fault for the accident, but not more than 50% at fault, you may still be able to gain compensation. For example, if the driver is found 90% at fault and the cyclist 10% at fault, the cyclists can still receive a monetary claim for their injuries. However, the claim amount would be reduced by 10%, the percentage of which they were found to be responsible for the accident.
A knowledgeable bicycle accident in Houston has the resources to mount an investigation to determine who was at fault in your accident and can help you take steps toward obtaining compensation.
Frequency of Bicycle Accidents in Texas
As more and more people are enjoying biking, it’s not surprising that the frequency of bicycling accidents is on the rise. In 2018, there were over 72 bicycling accidents in Texas that resulted in deaths, a more than 25% increase from the previous year. Many of the most severe accidents occurred on highways and high-speed roads, where cars often aren’t looking out and cyclists are particularly vulnerable.
Even when bicyclists survive crashes, they are sometimes left with debilitating injuries that can affect their lives for years to come. Hospital bills or fees for ongoing care and lost wages from missed work only make things worse. That is why you need a qualified personal injury attorney on your side if you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bicycle Accidents in Houston
If you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident, you may have a lot of questions about your rights and how you should move forward. Contacting an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Houston for a free consultation can help answer many of your most difficult questions and concerns.
In the meantime, listed below are some of the questions we’re most commonly asked about bicycle accidents:
Contact the Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Houston
At Kherkher Garcia, LLP, we support cyclists and believe no one should suffer an injury because of the negligence of another driver. Our attorneys provide the compassionate, one-on-one attention you and your loved ones deserve.
Furthermore, while many law firms are content to settle claims in negotiation, we’re not afraid to take your case to court and fight for your compensation if need be. We’ve represented hundreds of clients in accidents over the years and have fought for our clients in nearly 1000 jury trials. That means we have the experience and knowledge needed to get you or your loved one the compensation you deserve.
If you are a bicyclist injured in an accident with a vehicle, don’t wait. Contact us today at (713) 333-1030 for a free consultation about how to get the compensation you need.