In Texas, bicycles are vehicles, and they share the same rights to the road – and must follow the same traffic laws – as cars, trucks, and SUVs. In addition, many Texas cities, including Houston, have passed vulnerable road user laws, regulations specifically written to protect bicyclists and other road users susceptible to danger.
If you suffered injuries in a crash someone else caused, our bicycle accident lawyer in Houston can help you protect your rights. You could qualify for significant financial recovery for your injuries.
D.Miller & Associates, PLLC™’s track record is long and substantial, as is our list of successful claim outcomes for bicycle accident victims. We want to put our knowledge, tools, and resources to work for you.
If You Should Hire One of Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Houston
The attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, have helped many bicycle accident victims get the financial recovery they deserve for their injuries. We may be able to help you, too. We will focus on:
After your accident, we encourage you to write down everything you remember about it. Memory fades over time, and it might be difficult to recall all the small details like what you complained about first, the location, etc. This documentation will be good for presenting to the insurance company, but it won’t be enough.
Our personal injury lawyers can compile other forms of evidence, such as:
- The police report
- Video surveillance
- Imaging scans of your injuries
- Photos of the accident scene
- Eyewitness testimony
- Your medical records and doctors’ input on your diagnosis and prognosis
- Cellphone records
- Accident reconstruction analysts’ observations of the sequence of events that led up to the accident
Every shred of evidence we can gather can play a crucial part in building a thorough, robust case.
Identifying All Responsible Parties
Drivers in larger cars, trucks, or SUVs often fail to see bicyclists on the road. They may also engage in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding or trying to narrowly pass a bicyclist. In other instances, drivers are simply not paying attention to the road while they are behind the wheel.
In other cases, someone other than another driver may have caused your crash. Poorly maintained roadways, nearby pedestrians, and even defective bicycle parts are also common causes of bicycle accidents in Houston. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the responsible parties in your claim could include:
- The car, truck, or SUV driver;
- The government entity responsible for maintaining safe road conditions;
- A pedestrian who caused you to fall from your bicycle; or
- A bicycle or vehicle manufacturer, if a product defect caused your crash.
No matter how your accident occurred or who the responsible parties are, we can help you hold them liable for their negligence—and for your damages.
Handling Communication and Negotiation with the Insurance Company
If the other party or, more likely, the insurance company contacts you after the accident and offers a settlement, it can be tempting to take when you are staring down oppressive medical bills. However, accepting it without first speaking with your attorney is unwise.
A standard insurance company tactic is to exploit your need for recovery and use it to get you to accept a quick settlement that pays far less than you deserve. Instead of getting an insufficient award, contact one of our attorneys. We can determine if the offer is fair and take over all the communication with them from that point on.
Following the Corresponding Statute of Limitations
Although most cases are settled before going to court, there are times where we cannot agree on a settlement amount with the insurer. In that case, we can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Texas law enforces a two-year deadline in which to sue the liable party.
If you notify us about your case early enough, we can help you adhere to this statute of limitations.
The Worth of Your Bicycle Claim
A host of factors determines the value of your bicycle accident claim, making it impossible to give a specific estimate before investigating the details of your accident.
In our many years in business helping bicycle accident victims, we have seen claim settlements ranging from the thousands all the way to the millions. Your claim’s value depends on the amount of your financial losses, the identity of the responsible party or parties, whether you share the fault, and several other factors.
If you suffered severe injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage, you may qualify for a larger settlement. That said, bicycle accident victims can often recover several types of damages.
We seek financial recovery for your current and expected future medical bills. These costs can include hospital stays, doctor visits, prescription drugs, rehab, and physical therapy.
We pursue the responsible party for financial recovery to make up for the wages you are not able to earn at work, including tips, hourly pay, vacation time, and other benefits.
If your bicycle was damaged or destroyed in the accident, you might be able to claim damages to get it repaired or replaced. If your bike was your only mode of transportation, you could have the option to recover costs for rideshare or taxi services to take you where you need to go.
Pain and Suffering
This damage reimburses you for your physical, mental, and emotional pain. The subjectivity of pain and suffering – and the difficulty of assigning a dollar amount to it – make it vital to choose an attorney who will aggressively pursue the maximum damages.
If the at-fault party was particularly malicious or reckless in their actions – such as a driver who hits a bicyclist on purpose – a judge may award punitive damages in your case. These damages punish a defendant for their behavior.
Wrongful Death Damages
Bicycle accidents could result in fatal injuries. If your loved one lost their life in or after the accident, you might be entitled to financial recovery for their burial and funeral expenses, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Since their absence has affected your life, too, you can pursue recovery for your loss of financial support and companionship.
After a Bicycle Accident in Houston, Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™
The team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™, wants to help you secure a fair settlement for your bicycle accident injuries.
Let us go over the details of your case and advise you on your best options for financial recovery for your losses. Call 713-850-8600 to find out more about how a bicycle accident lawyer on our Houston team can help you with your case.
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