Carrolton Bike Accident Attorney
Bicyclists on Texas roads and highways are at risk of serious injuries and even death.
Fortunately, state laws protect cyclists who have been injured in an accident. That’s why you need an experienced Carrollton personal injury attorney who can help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
In the United States every year, hundreds of cyclists are killed in automobile collisions, and tens of thousands more are injured. The nature of these cyclist accidents takes many forms. A study from the National Traffic Safety Administration found that 29% were injured when they were hit by a car, 17% were injured in a fall, 13% were injured due to a faulty roadway or walkway, 7% were injured in a crash with a fellow cyclist, and 4% blamed their injuries on a dog running out in front of their path.
Carrollton Bike Culture
Carrollton is a young and active community, with 78% of its residents under the age of 55. The City promotes its outdoor culture by offering a free trails app for iPhone and Android, as well as listing all the bike trails and paths available, along with maps of the surrounding area. You can contact Carrollton Parks & Recreation to share photos or provide feedback on the status of the trails.
Don’t Let Yourself Become a Statistic
Cycling is a healthy, fun, and convenient form of transportation. It can be a way to commute to work, a form of sightseeing or tourism, or part of a fun family outing. No one wants to contemplate the potential dangers involved, but every cyclist needs to take precautions before hitting the road to avoid being counted among the injured.
- Every cyclist should invest in proper safety gear, including helmets, lights, reflectors, and gloves.
- Because cyclists are often less visible on the road than cars, it’s important to obey all traffic laws and bicycle in a cautious manner, especially when approaching intersections.
- Cyclists are especially vulnerable to being hit by vehicles backing up into them, or being cut off by a turning vehicle, so pay attention.
Failure to take the above precautions as a cyclist does not mean you are necessarily at fault for an accident. Nor does following all reasonable safety advice protect you from an injury. Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to avoid a negligent driver.
When It’s Not Your Fault: Getting Compensation
Unfortunately, many drivers fail to understand that a bicycle is entitled to the same rights as a motor vehicle. When a negligent driver hits a bicyclist, that cyclist has a legitimate claim. But the legal process can be involved, so getting an experienced bike accident attorney is a must.
There are many steps to helping you recover proper compensation for your losses. It is sometimes necessary to gather witness statements, review police and insurance company reports, inspect and document any damage to your bike, carefully track the costs of any injuries, and contact experts who can help verify who was at fault for the incident. If needed, your attorney will investigate the driving history of the person who was allegedly at fault, and even go so far as to recreate the scene of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a cycling accident, the causes could be varied. It may have been the fault of driver negligence, dangerous conditions, or a driver operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It might have been the result of faulty parts on the bicycle or poor assembly. It might have been due to poor maintenance, poor design, or lack of timely repair of a city roadway.
Whatever the cause, if you have been the victim of negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your losses. In addition to medical expenses, you have the right to seek reimbursement for any and all damages, including future check ups, rehabilitation, medication, time missed from work, and pain and suffering. Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of by the “friendly” representatives of insurance companies. Before you settle for less than you are entitled to, consult an experienced bike injury attorney.
An Experienced Carrolton Bike Accident Attorney
Dina K. Steele knows how to counteract the tactics commonly employed by insurance companies unwilling to pay up. Call (214) 333-9393 today to schedule a free consultation. Dina K. Steele of Steele Law, P.C., will vigorously defend the rights of any cyclist who has been injured due to the negligence of another.