Houston Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to recovery. Contact Houston bicycle accident attorney Neal Davis today to aggressively pursue your claim. If we don't win, you don't pay. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
More and more people are turning to bicycles as their primary form of transportation; however, the roads aren't necessarily safe for bicyclists.
In 2014, 726 individuals were killed and approximately 49,000 injured due to bicycle accidents across the United States - and the Houston area is not immune from this problem, especially due to the heavy traffic.
Bicycle accidents have a higher risk of fatality due to the fact that bicyclists have little to no protection from road conditions during an accident.
While organizations like PedalHouston are looking to positively change Houston roads for bicyclists by raising awareness for bike lanes, there are still hundreds of accidents per year in the city limits and beyond. If you or someone you know has been the victim of one of these bicycle accidents, do not hesitate to contact a bicycle accident attorney to learn how you can be financially compensated for your injuries and expenses.
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Texas Bicycle Accident Statistics
The roads in Texas aren't the safest place for bicyclists. Texas consistently ranks on the higher end of the states with the most dangerous roads for bicyclists and highest rate for accidents. Some eye-opening Texas bicycle accident statistics include:
- The state of Texas averages around 48 deaths from bicycle accidents every year - that's around 1.9 fatalities per 1 million residents within the state.
- The Houston - Sugar Land - Baytown areas are considered 9th on the list of the most dangerous cities for cycling in the United States.
- Texas ranked as the fourth highest state for annual bicycle fatalities (at 43) in 2011.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors. This includes potholes and other unmaintained road conditions as well as defective gear like a bicycle chain breaking. However, most bicycle accidents are caused by some form of negligence, either on behalf of the bicyclist or another driver. These common causes include:
- Pulling out of an intersection in front of a vehicle or bicycle
- Distracted driving or driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Running a red light or ignoring a stop sign
- Failure to yield at an intersection
- Passing on the right
- Riding in a vehicle's blind spot and failing to check blind spots when changing lanes
- Failing to drive in the designated bicycle lane
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Because of a lack of protection surrounding the bicyclist, bicycle accidents tend to be higher in severity than motor vehicle accidents. Not only that, but bicycle accidents often yield serious injuries to more than one area of the body. The most common injuries sustained from bicycle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head or neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal organ damage
Wearing a helmet is the best defense a bicyclist has against traumatic brain injury, as well as wearing reflective clothing at night and doing his or her part to promote safe cycling habits.
What to do After a Bicycle Accident
In the aftermath of a bicycle accident, stress and adrenaline are high. In these emergency situations, it is beneficial to know exactly how to respond and take action to ensure the safety of others and preserve accident evidence. Forgetting these steps could cause further injuries or damage your rights to a claim down the road.
1. Call the Police: Always contact the police in the event of an accident. While waiting for them to arrive, be sure not to admit guilt to the other party or discuss fault. This can deter a claim later on.
2. Gather Evidence: Do your best to document the scene of the accident before leaving it. Take pictures of your bicycle or car and any dangerous road conditions that could have contributed. Write down the names and contact information of anyone else that was involved including all witnesses.
3. Seek Medical Attention: Oftentimes, bicycle injuries do not make themselves known until days after the accident took place. Even if you feel you don't need medical attention, it's best to get checked out by a physician.
4. Keep All Documentation: Ask police for a copy of the accident report and keep copies of any expense receipts or medical bill statements for future use.
5. Seek Legal Representation: It is recommended that you contact an expert personal injury attorney that has experience with bicycle accidents as soon as possible. Determining fault can be difficult, so it pays to have a skilled lawyer on your side to help you through legal processes.
If you've found yourself the victim of a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation, including medical costs, lost time at work, and property damage. Neal Davis stands ready to guide you through your case and fight for the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.