Bicycle Accident

In an accident between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the bicyclist is typically the person who suffers catastrophic injury. It can be either party’s fault, but bicyclists are oftentimes the victims of careless drivers. You may be able to pursue maximum injury compensation if you were injured because of someone else’s negligence. To find out, please call the experienced Austin, TX, attorneys at Shaw Cowart for a case evaluation, at 512-499-8900. Ethan L. Shaw and John P. Cowart look forward to serving you!

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What Are The Causes Of A Bicycle Accident?

There are many possible causes of bicycle accidents. Sometimes it’s attributable to mother nature: wet roads in the rain, or a sudden hail storm. In some cases, a bicyclist makes a careless mistake; however, motorists are often to blame for the following reasons:

  • Careless and reckless driving
  • Failing to allow a bicycle the rightful use of a lane
  • Turning in front of a bicyclist
  • Backing into a bicyclist
  • Driving in a bike lane
  • Opening a car door into the path of a bicyclist

Unfortunately, bicyclists are all too often the victims of hit-and-runs, when the motorist panics and takes off without rendering aid or calling emergency services. We may be able to help you maximize recovery from uninsured motorist coverage in these cases, although a thorough review of your insurance policy will be necessary. Oftentimes it doesn’t extend to bicycling.

What Are Common Injuries Found In Bicycle Accidents?

Bicycles offer no protection. As such, the injuries can be life-altering:

  • Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, and head injuries
  • Internal bleeding and internal organ injuries
  • Amputation or loss of a limb
  • Broken pelvis, hip, or other fractures
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Paralysis

Hundreds of bicyclists are killed in accidents annually, while many, many more are hospitalized due to the severity of their injuries.

Infographic: Large Vehicles and Bicycle Accidents

Who Can Be Held Liable For Your Bicycle Accident Injuries?

Determining the at-fault party depends on the circumstances of the crash and what led up to it. Most often, the motorist is at fault in the claims our attorneys handle. Less commonly, a bicycle accident may be caused by the manufacturer of defective bicycles or motor vehicles; a crash could be caused by infrastructure; or the cause could be related to another bicyclist or pedestrians.

When you choose our law firm, we will get to work immediately. We establish the facts surrounding the bike accident and determine who is liable for your injuries.

What To Do Immediately After A Bicycle Accident?

You should seek medical care immediately after a crash. If you or the motorist has called the police (which you definitely should if a serious injury is involved), then you must wait for them to arrive, tell them what happened, and wait for them to tell you it’s okay to leave.

How Soon After A Bicycle Accident Should I Contact An Attorney?

You should contact our law firm as soon as possible after the bicycle accident. There is a statute of limitations that sets a timeline in which the claim must be filed. Basically, the clock starts ticking on your case as soon as the accident occurs. For that reason alone, you should get started on the process as soon as possible. When you call us for a consultation, we will establish the timeline and let you know what your options are.

Call Our Austin, TX Office For Your Bicycle Accident Case!

If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident in Austin or the surrounding areas of Texas, the attorneys at Shaw Cowart are here to help. For a case review, please call us at 512-499-8900. You can also fill out the form in our contact page to book your one-on-one appointment with Ethan L. Shaw and John P. Cowart

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