Bicycle Accidents Lawyer in Dallas, TX
Bicycle accidents often involve a public bias toward the cyclist that can, unfortunately, be a view shared by the insurance company. Cyclists are often blamed for accidents that are not their fault despite Texas laws granting cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Bill Shirer, an avid cyclist, understands the daily trials of cyclists trying to “share the road.” As both a cyclist and an experienced bicycle accident attorney, he is familiar with the laws that protect injured bicyclists. If you have endured a bicycle accident injury, don’t hesitate to call our office right away. Call (972) 392-1225 to schedule a consultation.
Bicycle Accident Claim
A bicycle collision that involves another vehicle such as a car or truck can often result in severe injuries. If you have been injured in a collision, you need to file a personal injury claim with the other driver’s insurance company. You can start taking the right steps at the scene of the accident. Immediately call for emergency services, whether you’re injured or not. If you are injured, ask for an ambulance. Once you’ve done this, write down the other driver’s personal and insurance information. You’ll want their name, address, and telephone number. Do not discuss fault for the accident. One wrong word and you may be held liable.
After these first steps, the claim process becomes more confusing. You can easily get discouraged sifting through insurance companies’ legal jargon. To make sure you get the settlement you deserve, you’ll want to hire an experienced attorney early in the process.
Bicycle Accident Liability
Bicycle accidents created by drivers’ negligence occur every day. Many drivers do not realize that bicycles have the same rights as cars or trucks. Some motorists either completely ignore riders or antagonize them. The majority of such accidents occur at intersections, where drivers fail to yield or violate a cyclist’s right of way.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine liability in such cases. You’ll need proof that the other driver acted against the rules of the road. If they turned incorrectly or failed to stop, then they are at fault. Whatever you do, do not discuss fault at the scene of the accident. Let your attorney handle that during the claim process. In the meantime, you can speak with the authorities, acquire contact and insurance information, and attend to any injuries.
Hit and Run Bicycle Accident Attorney in Dallas, TX
A hit and run incident with another vehicle is bad enough. When you add a bicycle to the mix, things get worse. Any passenger vehicle has the advantage of size over a bike. If a negligent driver just drives off after side-swiping or striking a cyclist, they could leave behind serious injuries. You’re entitled to justice. In most cases, this means that you’re entitled to damages.
At McGilberry & Shirer, we’ve represented countless cyclists who were struck by another vehicle that drove off, ignoring the incident. We believe that innocent, law-abiding cyclists deserve justice. If you are struck in a hit and run accident, call the police as soon as possible. You’ll want to file a statement and provide a description of the vehicle, if possible. Then, give us a call. We’ll fight for your rights in court and with the insurance companies.
Bicycle Accident Compensation in Dallas
There’s nothing like the fun of riding a bike around Dallas. Unfortunately, there’s also nothing like the danger. With so many motorists weaving through the city streets, one wrong move could cause an accident. Any accident involving a passenger vehicle and a bicycle tends to be one-sided. A bicycle is too small to cause much damage to a car or truck. The cyclist, on the other hand, can be seriously injured and will almost certainly experience property damage. If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident in Dallas, you deserve proper compensation.
At McGilberry & Shirer, we’ll fight on your behalf and make sure you see payment in a timely manner. You’ll most likely face medical bills, rehabilitation costs, prescription medications, property damage, and loss of work hours. We’ll work hard to get you damages that cover everything you need.
Common Auto vs. Bicycle Accident Scenarios
In most cases, the automobile driver causes bicycle accidents when the driver turns straight into a bicycle’s path. Insurance companies frequently misunderstand this and attempt to avoid or delay damage claim payment even though state law backs the cyclists. To avoid possible suggestion for culpability, make it a habit of adhering to safety standards such as wearing reflective material and make sure you are obeying traffic laws.
Safety Standards for Texas Cyclists
As specified by the Texas Department of Transportation, “bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.” Traffic laws cyclists are subject to include:
- Stopping at red lights and stop signs
- Following the direction of traffic
- Riding near the curb
- Using proper reflection equipment
- Utilizing proper turn motions to signal your intended actions to those around you
Let Us Be Your Advocates
A passionate cyclist, Bill Shirer raced the Hawaii Ironman twice and competed in three World Age Group Triathlon Championships. Our resident “Cyclist at Law,” Bill will talk to you personally and answer any questions you may have. With his passion for cycling and his experience as a bicycle accident attorney, he can be the insurance law expert who is on your side.
Who can I recover damages from for my injuries?
Injury can cause extreme financial instability. Aside from mounting medical bills, you may have had to take time off work, require long-term physical therapy, and lose out on spending time with your family. You deserve compensation for these damages, but from whom? The negligent party and their insurance company should pay, however, what if that isn’t enough? When you have proper insurance coverage, your company should help fill in the gaps. If you are having trouble recovering damages from your accident, contact a bicycle accident attorney right away.