Whether you're cycling along Colleyville Boulevard in Southlake or commuting to work on your bike, you are at risk of being struck by a negligent driver even if you are following local traffic laws. Bicycle accidents occur too often on city streets, and far too often, cyclists end up with serious injuries. Reach out to a Southlake bicycle accident lawyer.
According to recent traffic fatality data published by the Texas Department of Transportation, bicycle fatalities from traffic crashes are on the rise in Texas. In 2021 alone, 92 deaths in Texas resulted from traffic crashes involving bicyclists. Approximately 2,266 traffic crashes involving bicyclists were recorded.
When you sustain injuries in a bicycle accident, you may be dealing with excruciating pain while simultaneously facing extensive medical treatment and costly medical bills. Your injuries may even force you to miss work and suffer lost income and other earnings. An experienced bicycle accident attorney at The Francis Firm can assist in relieving some of the stress you experience after sustaining catastrophic injuries in a bicycle crash.
An experienced personal injury attorney at The Francis Firm can help individuals injured in bicycle accidents in Southlake and throughout Texas. Our lawyers value each client and understand the unique challenges bike accident victims face. We'd love to help! Your health and well-being are our priorities
Why Choose Francis Firm as Your Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Bicycle riders suffer some of the most life-altering injuries in traffic crashes, including disfigurement, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
As advocates of street safety and experienced courtroom litigators, we dedicate our practice to fighting for bicycle accident victims just like you. Here are a few reasons to choose The Francis Firm as your Southlake bicycle accident lawyer:
- We have over 25 years of experience.
- Michael Francis was selected as one of the Ten Best Personal Injury Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
- We have recovered over $35 million as compensation for our clients in settlements and verdicts.
- Our attorneys actively support the Texas cycling community.
Cyclists who suffer at the hands of another's negligence deserve compensation for the injuries they sustain and will likely endure throughout their lives. Whether you were rear-ended at an intersection or got hurt because of driver distraction, The Francis Firm has the necessary experience, dedication, qualification, and vast knowledge of personal injury law to assist you in asserting your legal right to fair financial compensation. Contact the experienced Southlake personal injury attorneys at the Francis Firm today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Texas
Bicycles are a common form of transportation, exercise, and recreation throughout Texas. Sadly, many motorists do not exercise reasonable caution or appreciate the rights of cyclists, and many crashes in Southlake and throughout Texas involve negligent drivers who are not following traffic laws.
Bicyclists have the right to share the roadways of Texas. Unfortunately, pedestrians and motorists don't always remember to watch for cyclists. The majority of bicycle accident cases in Texas often involve motorists who are:
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Overtaking a bicycle rider, often by misjudging the space needed for a safe pass
- Failing to share the road, forcing bicyclists into a collision or off the road
- Executing dangerous or unlawful turns
- Not paying attention
- Running a red light
- Failing to yield the right-of-way at an intersection
- Stopping to a open car door before checking for cyclists
The most debilitating bicycle accident—whether the bike was personally owned or rented—involves other motor vehicles.
It is important to note that rideshares, including Lime Bike and VBikes, can also be involved in crashes because of isolated incidents such as wear and tear on bicycles and acts of vandalism on bikes. VBikes and Lime have a duty to make sure their rental bikes are safe for all users. A bike share company may be liable when a crash is caused by a bicycle that was not properly maintained.
Under Texas Bicycle Laws, riders are not required to wear helmets. Bicyclists have very little in terms of protection from hazards on Texas roadways when accidents occur. As a result, cyclists are often susceptible to sustaining a wide range of catastrophic injuries. Bicycle accidents result in serious injuries, such as:
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chest trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
The costs of these injuries often catch the victims of bicycle crashes off guard. Medical bills can quickly add up, even when you have full coverage. Besides, you might not be able to work while you recover. If you were injured in a bicycle accident, the Southlake personal injury lawyers at the Francis Firm are here to fight for the justice and full compensation you deserve.
Bike rental companies, negligent drivers, and their insurance companies are prepared to deny liability for bicycle accidents. They will often claim that a cyclist's injuries were the result of their own negligence. You will want to take certain steps, such as reporting a bike accident to the rental company or police, taking photographs of the accident scene and your injuries, and hiring an experienced car accident lawyer to help you hold those parties accountable.
As experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Southlake, TX, we will identify every liable party, gather crucial evidence to support your case, and actively fight to ensure a fair settlement.
Consult With a Southlake Bicycle Accident Attorney for Free
The statute of limitations for bicycle and car accident injuries in Southlake, TX, is only two years. If you sustained a serious injury or a loved one died in a bicycle accident, please don't delay seeking legal representation. Bicycle accident victims in Texas may be able to recover compensation such as medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
You need an experienced lawyer to guide your personal injury claim through the legal process so you can focus on recovering from your bike accident injuries. Our legal team will go through the facts of your case, establish what led to the accident and who caused it, handle all paperwork involved, and deal with insurance companies while you rest and recover. If a fair settlement cannot be reached with the insurance company, the Francis Law Firm is ready to litigate your case in court.
At The Francis Firm, our practice is devoted to helping Southlake accident victims navigate the challenges of recovering fair compensation after an accident. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. Our initial consultation is completely free. Let our attorneys review your bicycle accident case. Call 817-329-9001 today to get started with your claim, or fill out online contact form today.
410 S Nolen Dr
Southlake, TX 76092