Riding your bicycle is a very economic activity. A good bicycle is more affordable than a car, you don’t have to pay for gas, and parking is free. Sometimes on a bicycle, things can go wrong. It is hard to share the road with cars and one small error can cause a serious accident. If you are reading this page, you have probably been badly injured in a bicycle accident. We want to express our sympathy for you. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. After you read about your bicycle accident case, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up your free consultation.
Bicycle Accident Statute of Limitations
If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘statute of limitations’ it means the amount of time given to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. If you miss your statute of limitations, you will not be permitted to seek compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. In Texas, you are given two years from the date of your accident to be within the statute of limitations. Two years may seem like a long time and you may be tempted to put off calling an attorney. We warn you not to do this as waiting could damage your case. Evidence that has been collected from the scene needs to be protected and your witnesses should be interviewed. If a lot of time passes, your evidence might disappear and your witnesses might forget very important details about your accident. Act quickly after your accident to ensure that you are on the right track to getting everything done on time.
How Shared Fault Compensation Works
In Texas, there are modified comparative fault laws that have to do with how much compensation you can get after your role in the accident has been factored in. Generally speaking, compensation is made up of medical bills both past and future, lost wages both past and future, and pain and suffering. If your injuries are bad, then you tend to have more compensation. However, if you played a role in causing the accident, you might have a reduced award. If the accident was mostly your fault, you will not be allowed to collect compensation. For example, if you are more than 50 percent at fault, you get nothing. If you are 50 percent or less at fault, then you get a reduced award. A $10,000 award would turn into a $7,000 award if you were 30 percent at fault. We do our best to keep you from getting a reduced award. In fact, our goal is always to get a full and fair compensation award for you. The insurance company has bullying tactics they try to use, but when you hire an attorney to protect you, those tactics are ineffective.
Common Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents are extremely scary because your body takes the whole impact of the vehicle and often people neglect their helmets. Because of the nature of bicycle accidents, it is not at all uncommon for people to suffer very bad head injuries, broken bones, fractures, strains, scarring and disfigurement. There are more serious injuries such as nerve damage, concussion, spinal cord injury, and paralysis. We will stress how very important it is that you seek medical attention as soon as you can to get treatment for your injuries. It is the most important thing you can do for yourself after your accident.
Talking to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
There is something you absolutely do not want to do and that is talking to the liable party’s insurance company. They will reach out to you shortly after your accident looking for a recorded statement. It is not uncommon for them to call you while you’re still in the hospital where you may have pain medications that could impair your reasoning skills. They know this. Their goal is to protect their bottom line. They do not want to lose money on your case and when you agree to give them a recorded statement, they will use anything they can against you. It is important that you not take that call. You are in no way legally obligated to talk to them. There is no need to do so and if you are talked into it, you could ruin your chance at full and fair compensation. All they need is for you to say one wrong thing and they have ammunition against you.
Please Call Our Office Today for Free Consultation
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free consultation with our dedicated, experienced, and supportive Texas bicycle accident attorney. We will be here for you every step of the way and fight the liable party’s insurance company to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible.