Cyclists have the same rights as motor vehicle operators and are also expected to follow the rules of the road. When we share the road between different modes of transportation, accidents can and do happen. Unfortunately, some motor vehicle drivers fail to observe local traffic laws, resulting in injuries to nearby cyclists.
If you were injured while riding a bike on public roads, you have the right to pursue compensation to offset your damages. A Kingwood bicycle accident lawyer at Haines Law can assess your situation. We will advise you on options for seeking recovery and help you reach a settlement or if necessary, file a personal injury lawsuit.
Injuries and Damages of a Cycling Accident
Cyclists have very little protection from the impact of a collision, and bicycle accidents are especially likely to result in catastrophic injury . An injured plaintiff must show that they suffered actual damages after an accident to obtain financial recovery. Compensable injuries include:
- Neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Severe head trauma
- Broken bones
- Road rash
Our Kingwood biking accident attorneys can help an injured cyclist seek compensation for the cost of treatment associated with these injuries. In addition to the medical expenses, you may seek compensation for pain and suffering and emotional trauma. Emotional trauma can include psychological concerns such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, nightmares, and sleeplessness.
Injuries sustained in a bicycle collision can also interrupt your employment. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, the income lost as a result is recoverable in a successful settlement. You may also seek recovery for future lost earnings.
Establishing Liability for a Bicycle Collision
To successfully negotiate a bicycle injury case, you must prove that another party was at fault for the accident. We can help demonstrate how the at-fault driver failed to exercise reasonable care, which subsequently caused your injuries.
Defendants and their insurance companies often try to shift blame onto the claimant, arguing that they were at least somewhat responsible for the crash. Texas courts allow claimants who are partly responsible for an accident to recover damages. Recovery is possible as long as you are no more than 50% at fault for the bicycle crash.
The court will reduce your compensatory award in proportion to your assigned percentage of responsibility. However, if the court finds your share of blame to be greater than 50%, the law prohibits them from awarding compensation. Proving who is responsible for a bicycle accident can be challenging without the professional help and guidance of a Kingwood lawyer.
Call a Kingwood Bicycle Accident Attorney Today
Before you enter settlement talks or civil litigation, call Haines Law. Our attorneys will ensure your rights are protected in and out of the courtroom every step of the way.
Our team can help you understand your rights under the law and explain your legal options. Reach out to our Kingwood bicycle accident lawyers today to discuss the details of your case.