Pedestrians and bicyclists are at a distinct disadvantage in automobile collisions. They may suffer significant injuries and lasting damages—even wrongful death. Approximately 14% of all traffic fatalities involve pedestrians. Each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians die after being hit by a car. In 2012, over 700 cyclists were killed in collisions with automobiles. A significant percentage of those killed were children under the age of 16.
If you or your loved one were injured or killed after being hit by a car, reach out to our Pasadena bike accident lawyers today. Our accident attorneys are here to protect your right to compensation and ensure your best interests remain safeguarded. We boast an unabashed willingness to fight and never back down in the face of insurance companies.
What are the Laws Protecting Bike Riders in Pasadena?
All drivers in Pasadena automatically have a duty to keep other people safe whenever they use a public road or street. This protection not only extends to other drivers but also passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders.
Because drivers must take appropriate care to refrain from causing harm, accidents that are the result of speeding, failing to yield, or using a cell phone while driving may all constitute negligence. However, bike riders must also take appropriate care to avoid collisions. Texas Civil Practice & Remedy Code §33.003 states that courts will evaluate the actions of all parties following a bike accident to assign blame for that incident.
How Does Partial Fault Affect Compensation?
If a court determines a bicyclist to be more than 50 percent to blame for the collision, the bicyclist cannot recover compensation. Proving the negligence of the other driver is essential to any personal injury claim and a Pasadena bicycle accident lawyer can gather the evidence needed to seek compensation from a negligent party’s insurance company.
Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bike accidents can have an especially profound impact on a person’s life because riders have no real protection from the force of an impact from a car. Bicycle helmets are not designed to protect from the force of impacts typically caused by a collision with a car. A bike rider hit by a car could be thrown to the pavement with significant force, hit the hood or windshield, or become trapped under a defendant’s vehicle. Any of these results would likely lead to debilitating or even permanent injuries. Typical examples of bike accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Separated joints
- Severe road rash, cuts, and scrapes
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
While physical injuries make up the majority of personal injury damages, claims must evaluate the total impact of the accident on the bike rider’s life such as emotional trauma. Additionally, bicycle accident injuries are typically associated with significant pain over the course of recovery. This pain often negatively impacts the injured rider’s quality of life, preventing them from spending meaningful time with their family, taking care of their daily needs, and is often associated with depression. A claim for damages should demand payment for these psychological losses from the insurance companies.
You Deserve a Complete Recovery
The driver of the vehicle and their insurance company often blame the incident on the victim. They may claim that the cyclist or pedestrian jumped right out in front of them or acted negligently in some way. Insurance companies will not pay a claim unless liability can be clearly established. You need an experienced Pasadena bicycle accident lawyer who can investigate your claim and prove that the other party was at fault.
Our team pursues compensation for:
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of consortium
We know how serious these claims can be. That is why we stand by to provide the powerful advocacy you need from start to finish in your case.
Hiring a Pasadena Bike Accident Lawyer
Did you suffer injuries and damages after a cycling accident? You may have a valid personal injury claim. Has your loved one passed away after being struck by a car? Our team can help you pursue a wrongful death claim. The Pasadena bike accident attorneys of Haines Law, P.C. have represented both children and adults who were struck by cars. No matter the specific details of your pedestrian or bicycle accident claim, Haines Law, P.C. is ready to get to work on your behalf. Call today to get started.