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You Deserve Fair Compensation...
Regardless Of Your Citizenship Or Documentation

Bicycle accidents refer to a range of incidents where cyclists are involved in collisions with motor vehicles, pedestrians, or stationary objects, often resulting in serious injuries. In Texas, factors such as distracted driving, inadequate bike lanes, and road hazards contribute to the prevalence of these accidents. Common injuries sustained in bicycle accidents include fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and lacerations, which can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences for victims.

At Paxton Law Firm, we emphasize that all individuals, regardless of their citizenship or documentation status, have the right to seek fair compensation for their injuries and losses. Regardless of your documentation, you have the same rights as an American citizen to pursue legal protection and support in the event of a bicycle accident. Our legal team is dedicated to advocating for the rights of all clients, ensuring that they receive the full extent of compensation available under Texas law.

Beware Of Insurance Companies After Bicycle Accidents... Even When They Sound Caring Or Friendly

After a bicycle accident, you can expect a call from an insurance adjuster representing the at-fault party’s insurance company. While they may sound concerned, you must remember that their only aim is to minimize the amount they pay out in claims, often by downplaying the severity of your injuries or shifting blame onto you. They may ask for a recorded statement, seemingly to “help” your claim, but anything you say can be used against you to devalue or deny your claim.

Additionally, insurance adjusters may pressure you to accept a quick settlement offer, claiming it’s in your best interest. However, these offers fall short of covering your actual damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Remember, you have the right to legal representation and the opportunity to negotiate a fair settlement that truly reflects the extent of your injuries and losses. At Paxton Law Firm, we’re here to protect your rights and ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve.

Steps To Take Immediately After Bicycle Accidents:

  • Move to a safe location away from traffic if possible to avoid further injury.
  • Even if injuries seem minor, it’s crucial to get evaluated by a healthcare professional.
  • Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle positions, road conditions, and any injuries.
  • Obtain contact and insurance details from the involved parties, as well as the names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Contact law enforcement to file an accident report and provide accurate details of the incident.
  • Keep damaged bicycle parts, torn clothing, and other relevant evidence for potential legal proceedings.
  • Avoid apologizing or making statements that could be interpreted as admitting fault for the accident.
  • Inform your insurance provider about the accident to initiate the claims process.
  • Consult with our personal injury attorneys at Paxton Law Firm to understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation.
  • Adhere to prescribed treatment plans and attend follow-up appointments to ensure proper recovery and document your injuries for the legal process.

Common Reasons For Bicycle Accidents:

  • Distracted driving by motorists, including texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting controls
  • Failure of motorists to yield to cyclists at intersections or when making turns
  • Dooring incidents, where drivers or passengers open car doors into the path of cyclists
  • Inadequate bike lanes or infrastructure
  • Speeding or reckless driving by motorists
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Poor visibility or lighting conditions, especially at night or in adverse weather
  • Road hazards such as potholes, debris, or uneven surfaces
  • Failure of cyclists to obey traffic laws, such as running red lights or stop signs

Bicycle Accidents FAQs

How can I prove fault in a bicycle accident?

Proving fault in a bicycle accident typically involves gathering evidence such as witness statements, photographs of the scene, and police reports. Eyewitness testimony, as well as any available surveillance footage or dashcam recordings, can be crucial in establishing fault. Our personal injury attorneys specialize in investigating the circumstances surrounding bicycle accidents to determine liability based on Texas traffic laws and negligence principles.

What damages can I recover in a bicycle accident case?

In a bicycle accident case, you may be eligible to recover various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Should I accept a settlement offer from the insurance company?

Please avoid accepting any settlement offer from insurance companies without an attorney. Insurance companies are notorious for giving lowball settlement offers that barely cover your true costs and expenses. Before accepting any offer, please consult our personal injury attorneys to negotiate on your behalf and secure a fair settlement that meets your needs.

Can I still pursue a claim if I was partially at fault for the accident?

Yes, you can still pursue a claim for compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident. Texas follows a modified comparative fault system, meaning you can still recover damages as long as you are not primarily responsible for the accident. However, your total recovery may be reduced by your percentage of fault.

What if the at-fault party doesn't have insurance?

If the at-fault party in a bicycle accident doesn’t have insurance, you may still have options for recovering compensation. Your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM) may provide coverage for your injuries and damages. Additionally, you may pursue a claim against other liable parties, such as a negligent driver’s employer or a government entity responsible for maintaining unsafe road conditions.

Lady Justice Is Blind…
But We Help Her See The Truth

Paxton Law Firm is dedicated to providing compassionate legal representation to every client. We treat every client as our top priority, ensuring that you receive the attention and support you deserve throughout your case. Our team is available to communicate with you whenever you need us, day or night, to address your concerns and keep you informed about the progress of your case. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, schedule a consultation with Paxton Law Firm to discuss your case and explore your legal options.

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