Amarillo Bicycle Accident Attorney
Bike Accident Claims in Texas
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you are likely facing numerous physical and financial challenges. Whether you were hit by a motor vehicle or were involved in a crash with another bicyclist or pedestrian, you may be dealing with serious or even catastrophic injuries, leading to enormous medical bills, extended time off work, and immense pain and suffering.
At Wood Law Firm, LLP, we understand what you are going through. Our Amarillo bicycle accident lawyers have helped countless injured cyclists in the wake of serious accidents, as well as the families of those wrongfully killed in bike crashes. We know what it takes to go up against major insurance carriers and fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. Our aggressive, litigation-focused approach has helped us successfully recover millions of dollars for our clients, and we are ready to fight for you, too.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident, contact Wood Law Firm, LLP online or by phone at (806) 304-0447 today to request a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Most bicycle accidents are entirely preventable. This is because most bicycle accidents are caused by negligence—negligence on the part of an automobile driver, another cyclist, a pedestrian, or even the injured cyclist. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you cannot always predict the actions of others. When others are careless or reckless, you could be seriously hurt.
Some examples of how negligence can lead to a bicycle accident include:
- A distracted driver who fails to see a cyclist who is sharing the road
- A drunk driver who veers into a bicycle lane
- Another bicyclist who fails to follow the rules of the road
- A motorist who doesn’t yield the right-of-way to a bicyclist
- An aggressive driver who follows too closely or passes a cyclist without leaving enough space
- A careless driver who fails to stop at a red light or stop sign
- The passenger of a vehicle who suddenly opens a car door into a bike lane
- A pedestrian who fails to yield when crossing a bike lane or street outside of a crosswalk
Bike accidents can also happen when construction companies design or build defective roads or fail to properly maintain roads, leading to various hazards, such as potholes. Additionally, defective bikes or bicycle equipment can also contribute to, cause, or worsen the effects of an accident, particularly when the defective equipment is a helmet or another safety device.
Who Is at Fault for a Bike Accident?
Because Texas is a fault state, it is very important to the outcome of your case that you determine who was to blame for the accident. You will need to file your claim against the at-fault person or party’s insurance provider (in most cases).
To determine who was at fault for your accident, our Amarillo bicycle accident lawyers may ask the following questions:
- Did another person or party owe you a duty of care, meaning did someone else have a legal responsibility to take reasonable measures to prevent an accident and/or keep you from coming to harm?
- Did that person or party breach the duty of care, meaning did they fail to take reasonable actions to prevent you from coming to harm by acting negligently, carelessly, recklessly, or unlawfully?
For example, our investigation may uncover that the driver of a car that hit you was texting at the time of the accident. This is a clear example of negligence and a breach of the duty of care. In this example, we could determine that the driver was at fault for the accident and, therefore, liable for your damages.
In some cases, fault may rest with multiple parties—including yourself. Under Texas’s shared fault laws, you are not barred from filing a claim if you shared some portion of the blame for the accident. As long as you were less than 51% at fault, you could still recover compensation. However, the amount of compensation you will receive will be reduced by the same percentage of fault you are found to have. For example, if a jury finds you 20% at fault, your total recovery will be reduced by 20%.
Recovering Compensation for Serious Injuries
Sadly, bicycle accidents tend to result in devastating injuries. Even when cyclists are wearing helmets and other safety gear, they are simply no match for large, heavy vehicles. Even accidents between bicyclists or between bicyclists and pedestrians can have life-altering consequences.
Bicycle accident victims are likely to suffer major injuries, such as head trauma, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue damage, and disfigurement. These injuries require extensive medical treatment; in some cases, victims will need lifelong care. They may be unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years, leading to additional financial hardship.
At Wood Law Firm, LLP, we make it our goal to recover maximum compensation for our clients’ damages, including but not limited to:
- All medical costs associated with the accident
- Future reasonable medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and other benefits
- Future lost earnings
- Loss of earning capacity/disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
You should not have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Allow our team to fight for you and your recovery.
Call Wood Law Firm, LLP Today
Our Amarillo bike accident attorneys are happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you of your legal rights during a free, no-obligation consultation. Led by founding attorney, Channy Wood, who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Board-Certified Civil Law Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, we are ready to put our experience, resources, and expertise on your side.
There are no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm; we only collect attorneys’ fees if we successfully recover compensation for you. We are available for same-day appointments and can meet with you on the weekend or in the evening by request.