Bicycles are a cost-effective, reliable form of transportation. With new dedicated bike lanes recently opened, Austin has been recognized as one of the best cities for cyclists in the United States. From amateur athletes training on the hills around 360 to the students navigating West Campus on their fixed-gears, thousands of Austinites ride their bicycles every day. At the same time, not all drivers take proper precautions to safely share the road with bikes. According to Share the Road Texas, approximately 2,000 bicyclists are seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions in the state each year.
At Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, our Austin, TX bicycle accident attorneys are strong advocates for justice. You need full compensation to pay your medical bills and support your family after a serious accident. If you or your loved one was injured in a bicycle collision, our cyclist accident lawyers are here to help. For a free, no-obligation consultation with a top Texas bike accident lawyer, please call us at our Austin law office or reach out to us directly online.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
As experienced bicycle injury attorneys, our law firm represents cyclists hurt in motor vehicle collisions. The crashes happen for a wide range of different reasons. Though they share an important commonality: Most bike accidents in Texas could have been prevented if only everyone had taken the requisite safety precautions. While cyclists are too often initially blamed for their own accidents, investigation often reveals that it is drivers who simply fail to respect the rights (and space) of bikes. Carelessness and recklessness by motorists lead to far too many bike accident injuries and bike accident fatalities. Some common causes include:
- Running red lights/stop signs
- Failure to yield to cyclists
- Merging directly in front of a bike
- Tailgating a bicycle
- Intentionally “buzzing” a cyclist
- Opening a car door without looking
- Distracted driving, including texting; and
- Intoxicated driving.
Common Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
All cyclists should wear a safety helmet. The research on this issue is truly overwhelming: Bike helmets prevent head injuries and save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that head injuries are the cause of nearly two-thirds of all bike accident fatalities. Although not required by Texas state law, it is highly recommended that cyclists put on a helmet for even a short ride.
Unfortunately, even when bicycle riders do everything right, they are still exposed to danger from cars. Drivers need to take special care to watch out for the presence of bicycles. When a motor vehicle crash happens, the ramifications can be devastating. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Road rash
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Broken bones, including fractures to arms and legs
- Facial injuries, including dental injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe psychological injuries
- Internal organ damages; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Filing a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit
Texas is a fault-based bicycle accident state. To bring a personal injury claim against a driver, truck company, bicycle manufacturer, or any other defendant, an injured cyclist must present evidence proving negligence. For this reason, it is essential that every serious bike accident is investigated by an experienced Austin cyclist accident lawyer. If you were hurt in a bicycle collision, our law firm is ready to take immediate action to help you recover the complete compensation you deserve. In Texas, injured cyclists can file a claim for economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Property damage (repair or replacement of a bicycle)
- Ambulance and emergency room treatment costs
- Medical bills and the related out-of-pocket expenses
- Rehabilitative medical care and therapies
- Prescription drug costs and medical equipment
- Loss of current and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent physical scarring
- Permanent disability or impairment
- Wrongful death
We put in the time, legal resources, and attention to detail to get injured victims the best outcome in their case. At Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, our Austin personal injury attorneys have a documented history of successful case results, including obtaining favorable settlements in bicycle accident injury claims.