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.
That said, all it takes for disaster to occur is one driver glancing away from the road, grabbing his or her phone to respond to a text, or failing to keep a safe passing distance when overtaking you on your bicycle. Unfortunately, in a crash involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the cyclist always comes in second place. The outcome often involves severe, debilitating injuries for the cyclist.
If you suffered injuries in a crash someone else caused, a bicycle accident lawyer in Houston can help you protect your rights. You could be eligible for significant compensation for your injuries. This is money that a quality attorney will aggressively pursue on your behalf.
The personal injury team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, has a special focus on bicycle accident law. Our 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.
To find out more about what we can do for you, call us today for a free consultation. You can come to our office, meet our team, have all your questions answered, and receive advice on your claim. To set up an appointment, call us at 713-850-8600.
Do I Need to Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Houston is a car-centric city, known for endless sprawl and its worsening congestion. These aspects make the city’s roads especially unsafe for bicyclists. Severe, even fatal accidents are facts of life. If you or a loved one was in a crash, one of our bicycle accident lawyers can help.
The attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, have helped many bicycle accident victims recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We may be able to help you, too. We focus on identifying all responsible parties, gathering evidence, building a thorough, compelling case, and never accepting a settlement that does not provide all the compensation you deserve.
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 an attorney is unwise.
A standard insurance company tactic is to exploit your need for money and use it to get you to accept a quick settlement that pays far less than you deserve. Instead of leaving money on the table, contact one of our attorneys. We can determine if the offer is fair and, if not, we can fight for the full value of your damages.
Starting with a thorough investigation of your accident, we build a compelling case that pursues the full damages you deserve from each responsible party.
Who Is Responsible for My Accident?
The party or parties responsible for your crash can vary. In many cases, another motorist is to blame for the crash.
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.
How Much Is My Bicycle Accident Claim Worth?
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 in 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 compensation 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 compensation to make up for the money you are not able to earn at work.
Pain and Suffering
This money compensates 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.
After a Bicycle Accident in Houston, Call the Legal Team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC.
The team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, wants to help you win a fair settlement for your bicycle accident injuries. We offer free consultations to all new clients. Let us go over the details of your case and advise you on your best options for recovering compensation for your losses. Call 713-850-8600 for a free consultation with a Houston personal injury lawyer.