Fort Worth Bicycle Accident Attorney
Passionate Advocates for Injured Bike Riders — Tarrant County Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Cycling provides an economical and environmentally friendly way to commute to work, get physically fit, and explore the backroads of Texas. Bicyclists are far more vulnerable to suffering serious injury in collisions than occupants of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Bikes do not offer the benefit of a reinforced passenger compartment, air bags, or safety restraint systems. Cyclists also are hampered by limitations in speed and handling when attempting to evade a collision with a careless or preoccupied driver. These limitations mean that cycling enthusiasts face a greater risk of being struck by an unsafe motorist and that these victims tend to suffer serious injury during a crash. Fort Worth bicycle accident attorneys at FH Law Group recognize this high risk of catastrophic injury or wrongful death, and they diligently advocate for the fullest financial recovery for individuals injured in bike accidents.
Texas a Dangerous Place for Cycling Accidents
Approximately 49,000 bike riders are injured and 726 more killed in the U.S. in a typical year according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Bike safety experts suggest these numbers significantly understate the danger to cyclists because Texas and most other states only include fatal accidents among those reported by law enforcement. Although about 4 million Texans ride bikes annually, our state received a woeful #33 ranking in cycling safety based on its lack of bicycle friendly laws.
Establishing Liability in Fort Worth Bicycle Accident Claims
If you are a cyclist like some of us at FH Law Group, you know that many Texas drivers do not abide by the right of cyclists to share the roadways with motorized vehicles. Some drivers fail to pay attention to the presence of bicycles and view riders as a nuisance that obstructs the flow of traffic. When motorists fail to treat cycling enthusiast with courtesy, respect, and equal rights and privileges of the drivers of cars, they often engage in various practices that endanger bike riders. Some of the common types of negligent conduct that cause bicycle crashes in Fort Worth include:
- Failing to repair pot holes and other imperfections in the roadway surface
- Opening car doors without checking for the presence of a bicyclist
- Neglecting to turn and check blind spots before executing a lane change
- Crowding bicyclists by not allowing sufficient space between the vehicle and edge of the roadway
- Allowing dogs to run at large and charge bicyclists Executing a turn directly into the path of a rider
- Failing to properly maintain bike paths in a safe condition
- Equipping Bikes with defective parts or components
Insurance Company Tactic of Shifting the Blame to the Injured Cyclist
While insurance companies use a range of tactics to challenge liability and reduce their exposure to damages, carriers commonly attempt to shift the blame for a collision to the cyclist. If a driver slams into your bicycle from behind, for example, the insurance company might claim that your bicycle was not fitted with proper lighting. While the insurance company for a negligent driver might blame you for not driving on the shoulder of the roadway or in the bike lane, we recognize that parked cars or roadway defects might make such an adjustment necessary. Even if liability is fairly clear, the insurance company might attempt to mitigate damages for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) by arguing that the head injury would not have occurred had you been wearing a helmet.
Pursuing the Maximum Financial Compensation for Bicycle Accident Victims
Insurance companies exploit their advantage when an individual injured in a biking accident does not have legal representation. Insurance carriers handle hundreds or even thousands of bicycle accident claims. Unless you have an experienced Fort Worth bicycle accident lawyer advocating for your interest, the insurance company might stall in the litigation process to crank up the financial pressure on you to accept less than a full recovery.
When riders are struck by a vehicle, they can experience severe and even catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Slipped disc in the back or a spinal cord injury
- Bone crush injuries to the ribs, arms, legs, and shoulders
- Compound fractures requiring the insertion of pins or use of medical appliances
- Open or closed head injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Joint dislocations
- Severe road rash
Our bicycle accident lawyers pursue both out-of-pocket and intangible forms of loss, including medical expenses, emotional distress, adverse impact on the enjoyment of life experiences, property damage, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and/or other appropriate forms of damages. FH Law Group offers a meticulous investigation of the facts, thorough legal analysis, effective negotiation, and persuasive courtroom advocacy. At FH Law Group, we tenaciously pursue the maximum recovery for injury victims in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas of Tarrant County. Contact us today for a FREE consultation at (817) 697-4400 or visit our website.