Conroe Bicycle Accident Lawyers Pursue Compensation for Texas Accident Victims
Providing representation for cyclists hurt in the greater Houston area
For an increasing number of Texas residents, climbing into the saddle means going for a bicycle ride. Whether it’s for recreational purposes or for commuting, you’re part of a growing movement in the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, Texas roads were built for automobiles, and many motorists have not learned the habit of sharing these routes with cyclists. Thus, we see a large number of accidents, often with serious injuries. If you are injured in a Texas bicycle accident, the personal injury attorneys at Hope & Causey, P.C. can provide the determined representation you need to seek fair compensation for your losses.
Who is at fault for a bicycle accident in Texas?
Determining fault is often the most important issue in a bicycle accident case, especially if there are multiple parties involved. The Texas modified comparative fault law reduces an injured party’s claim in proportion to their negligence. The law also bars a party from seeking personal injury compensation if they are more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
There are several scenarios for fault, such as:
- Negligent driver
- Negligent cyclist
- Poorly designed and/or maintained roadway
- Equipment failure
We thoroughly investigate the facts of the accident to identify the party most responsible and to defend our client against accusations of fault.
Cyclists must follow all Texas bicycle laws
Just as motorists must obey all the rules of the road, cyclists must observe the rules of bicycle safety. Bike riders are required to do the following:
- Ride near the curb.
- Travel in the same direction as traffic.
- Maintain at least one hand on the handlebars.
- Use hand and arm signals.
- Carry only one rider per saddle.
- Ride two abreast only when it doesn’t impede traffic.
- Have a front white light and a rear red reflector or red light for night riding.
- Maintain brakes capable producing a wheel skid.
Texas does not require riders of any age to wear a helmet, but doing so can greatly reduce the severity of injuries suffered in an accident.
Common causes of bicycle accidents in Texas
Although cyclists may be partly responsible for accidents by failing to follow traffic rules, motorists are often primarily responsible. Accidents are usually due to the following behaviors:
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Crowding a cyclist out of a lane
- Turning abruptly, especially to the right across the bike’s path
- Opening a car door into the bike’s path
There are also cases when accidents are caused in part by poorly designed, constructed or maintained roadways.
Common bicycle accident injuries
Cyclists are vulnerable to collisions with cars and to secondary collisions with the pavement, the latter of which are often more severe. Riders are also vulnerable to being dragged or crushed beneath the car. The following injuries are quite common in bicycle accidents:
- Bone fractures, especially wrists and collar bones
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Skin lacerations and road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
The most severe injuries can result in death.
Can I recover damages in a Texas bicycle accident?
As long as you are not more than 50 percent responsible for a crash, you can recover damages that include:
- Medical and rehab expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
As your advocates, we are determined to maximize the amount you recover for your losses. As an established firm with more than 40 years of service to Texas clients, we have built a reputation for trustworthiness and consistently excellent results. We are ready to put our skills to work for you.
Contact a respected Conroe bicycle accident lawyer for a free consultation
The personal injury attorneys at Hope & Causey, P.C. in Conroe, Texas represent injured clients in bicycle accident cases in Montgomery County, San Antonio, Houston and the surrounding areas. For a free consultation, call 936-441-4673 or contact us online today.