For some people, biking is a main form of transportation. For others, it is simply a fun activity and a good way to get exercise. Unfortunately, biking can be more dangerous than you realize. When bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles, accidents are bound to occur, many of which result in serious injury. Read on to learn more about bicycle accidents in Texas and what to do in the event of an injury.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents:
Bicycle accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, but for the most part, these accidents are caused by driver negligence. Some examples of driver negligence include:
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving (i.e. texting while driving)
- Excessively speeding
- Ignoring stop or yield signs
- Running red lights
- Improperly merging
- Carelessly changing lanes
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
What Do I Do if I Am Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligenced, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to prove that this negligence occurred, there are some important steps to take:
- Seek medical attention. If you have been struck by a car while on a bike, you may be seriously injured. It is important to go to the hospital. This ensures that your injuries are tended to, while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene. If possible, take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, making sure to document the damage done to your bicycle and the car.
- Obtain witness contact information. If your accident occurred on a busy road, chances are someone saw it happen. This person may be able to provide witness statements later on.
- Retain the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather further proof of negligence, including security camera footage and police reports.
- Make sure to file your claim on time. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Texas, contact our firm to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.