Were you injured in a bicycle accident in Carrollton? If a motor vehicle driver or other party is responsible, a Carrollton bicycle accident lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can help you seek financial recovery.
Texas Law Treats Bicyclists and Motor Vehicle Drivers the Same
According to the City of Carrollton, Texas law considers bicycles as motor vehicles. This means that bicyclists have the right to travel on state and local roadways and may even occupy a full lane. It also means they must follow the same traffic laws as all drivers, such as obeying stop lights and signs.
While bicyclists have the same duties and privileges as motorists, they do not have the same protections as an enclosed vehicle. For this reason, it is vitally important that drivers watch out for bicycle riders, who are much more likely to suffer a severe or fatal injury in a collision.
Share the Road Texas reports that from 2010 to 2016, nearly 17,000 bicycle accidents happened in Texas, resulting in more than 9,700 injuries and more than 560 fatalities. Dallas County ranks among the top three counties in the state for both bicycle collisions and bicycle accident fatalities.
Driver Behavior Contributes to Collisions Involving Motor Vehicles and Bicycles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies three main issues that lead to bicycle accidents:
This includes negligent driving behaviors such as:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Illegally passing
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Traveling into a designated bicycle lane
If a driver caused your accident, they might be liable for the cost of your injuries and other accident-related expenses.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Behavior
As mentioned, bicyclists must obey the same rules of the road as motor vehicles. In addition to vehicles, bicycle riders and pedestrians must be aware of other cyclists and non-motorists using the roadway.
If another bicyclist or a pedestrian acted negligently and resulted in your collision, they could be responsible for your monetary losses.
This includes problems with the roadway and the surrounding environment, such as a lack of lighting, badly designed intersections, and poor maintenance. If an infrastructure issue led to your bicycle accident, the owner or entity responsible for the road and/or surrounding area could be at fault.
You Should Not Have to Pay for a Bicycle Accident You did Not Cause
If a Carrollton driver, another bicyclist, or infrastructure problems caused your accident, our attorneys could help you seek financial awards. You may recover:
The Cost of Your Past and Future Medical Treatment Includes:
- Emergency department care
- Hospital stays
- Physical and/or cognitive rehabilitation
- Medical devices and mobility aids
- Follow-up care
- Long-term nursing services
This includes wages lost due to your injuries and recovery. It also includes the loss of your future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from working or returning to your previous employment.
Personal Property Damages
This includes damages to your bicycle and any other property harmed during your accident, such as jewelry or electronics.
Pain and Suffering
You could qualify for damages for your physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish. This may include awards for:
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Chronic pain
- Paralysis or loss of mobility
- Loss of limb or bodily function
If your loved one passed because of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, you could recover the cost of their final medical care and funeral and burial expenses.
You may also have the right to awards for your pain and suffering and the loss of your family member’s:
How Can Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers Assist You?
The team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ will be by your side through every step of your bicycle accident case: Your lawyer serving Carrollton will:
- Prepare and file an insurance claim against the party liable for your accident
- Collect evidence
- Speak with witnesses and experts
- Prove negligence
- Communicate with the insurance companies and negotiate on your behalf
- Fight for the highest settlement possible for your case
- Return all of your calls and emails promptly
- Keep you updated on your case and let you know what to expect as we move forward
- Answer your questions clearly and concisely without bogging you down in “legalese”
- Meet with you at the location most convenient for you (our office, your home, the hospital, or over the phone)
- Schedule health care appointments for you, even if you do not have insurance
- Represent you in a lawsuit if needed
Our lawyers will work tirelessly to resolve your case without going to court. However, if the insurance company does not offer an adequate settlement or denies your claim, we could assist you with a lawsuit.
Make sure you do not wait too long to get started. If you must go to court, any action you take is bound by the statute of limitations. Texas law allows two years from the time of your accident or two years from your loved one’s passing to file a personal injury or wrongful death case.
Our Team Is Ready to Fight for You and Your Family in Carrollton
Since 2002, D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ has fought for injury victims from across Texas. Over the years, we have helped thousands of clients seek justice and have won hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.
We want to help you achieve the financial recovery you need to heal from your injuries and return to your life. We will not lead you on, drag you through unnecessary legal hurdles, or leave you in the dark with your case. We will work with you and get the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ for Your Carrollton Bicycle Accident Case
Call our offices today. A member of our team can answer your questions about working with our bicycle accident lawyers. We can get you started with a free consultation.