Bicycle Accident Lawyer Pearland TX
As a trusted Pearland, TX bicycle accident lawyer knows, bicyclists often feel like when it comes to road rules and safety, they are not as protected as everyone else. Pedestrians often feel that cyclists are too fast and cars and other vehicles on the road see bicyclists as glorified pedestrians. However, bicyclists must abide by the rules of the road when it comes to riding and they have the same rights when a car injured them. If you were riding your bike and someone in a vehicle injured you, it is time to speak with a lawyer you can trust. Reach out to the team at Keith B. French Law, PLLC to see how we can help you when you are hoping to move forward with an injury claim.
What puts bicyclists at such high risk?
It is simple. Bicyclists do not get the same respect on the road as other motor vehicle drivers and they do not have the same type of safety gear or equipment that cars and trucks provide. Thus, when a car hits someone riding their bike, the cyclist can become seriously injured.
What causes bike accidents to occur?
A Pearland bicycle accident lawyer knows that there are many causes of bicycle accidents. Bicycle accidents can happen when:
- A driver is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This can result in serious and life-threatening injuries to the bicyclist.
- The driver is distracted. Today, a driver may be distracted for many reasons. They may be putting on makeup, trying to eat their breakfast before getting to work, talking or texting on the phone, or changing the radio station. This can mean they are not looking at the road.
- The driver opens the door on the cyclist. This happens when a driver is parked on the side of the road and opens their door without looking. This can cause a cyclist to run into the door and go flying off of their bike.
These are just a few ways that bicycle accidents can happen. Because of how serious a bicycle accident is and how little protective gear bicyclists wear, it can cause injuries that are severe and life-altering. Injuries can range from lacerations to broken bones and organ damage to traumatic brain injuries. Without immediate medical attention, a bicyclist may find that these injuries turn permanent. While bicycles are considered a form of vehicle and are subject to most traffic laws, they are also subject to their own laws (like using appropriate arm signals or not riding on the sidewalk).
Bicyclists must follow the rules of the road so that they are not partially responsible. If you are found partially responsible, the amount of compensation you receive may be reduced by the amount you are responsible for. In Texas, this is known as modified comparative fault.
After you have been in a bicycle accident, you should seek medical and legal help. Reach out to the team at Keith B. French Law, PLLC to speak with our Pearland bicycle lawyer now.