Whether you use it to commute to work or to get around town, there are many benefits to riding a bicycle. It’s tough to beat the combination of exercise, fresh air, and gas-free operation that bicycles offer. However, they do come with a serious drawback—vulnerability during accidents and collisions.
Bicycles don’t offer any protection of their own, and it’s up to riders to protect themselves. But unlike motorcyclists, bicyclists often wear only a helmet, and sometimes they don’t wear any protection at all. That puts them at an extremely high risk of suffering serious injuries during crashes, especially if they’re struck by other vehicles.
If you or someone you love was involved in a bicycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation. The Austin bicycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Joel A. Levine know what you’re going through, and it’s our goal to help you get the money you deserve. Get help now—we have the knowledge and experience to build a strong claim for you that’s designed to get maximum results.
What Are the Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
Bicycle accidents have many of the same causes as other types of motor vehicle accidents, including:
Distracted drivers—When drivers aren’t looking at the road ahead, they’re much more likely to crash into other vehicles. In addition, drivers are often even more likely to crash into bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians when they’re distracted, as they may not even be aware that anyone or anything is in their path.
Drivers failing to maintain a lane—Many of Austin’s streets are equipped with bike lanes. When riders are on roads that don’t have those safety features, they’re often at a higher risk of accidents. That’s because drivers can run them off the road or even collide with them when their vehicles drift or when they attempt to change lanes without checking their mirrors and blind spots.
Drivers and passengers opening vehicle doors—Street parking is plentiful throughout Austin, but it can pose serious risks to bicyclists. People exiting vehicles often look for other vehicles approaching before they open their doors, but they don’t always look for bicyclists. Riders can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries when they collide with vehicle doors.
Drivers turning into bicyclists’ paths—Right-turning vehicles are a common cause of serious bicycle accidents. Drivers don’t always check their mirrors or blind spots before turning at intersections, and they may be unaware of the presence of bicyclists if they’re turning in front of a bike lane. Left turns can also be dangerous when drivers don’t check before turning.
Other causes include speeding, driving under the influence, running red lights and stop signs, and failing to reduce speed during inclement weather.
How We Can Help After Your Bicycle Accident
The injuries associated with bicycle accidents are often severe. You may have suffered broken bones, road rash, a traumatic brain injury, or even paralysis after your accident. It’s important to have an experienced legal team on your side after a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, especially when you’re facing expensive medical bills and are too hurt to earn the paychecks your family depends on.
When you contact the Law Offices of Joel A. Levine, we’ll start building your claim right away by:
Collecting evidence—We’ll interview witnesses, review traffic camera footage, analyze police and medical reports, and more as we work to prove that you weren’t at fault for the accident.
Calculating your expenses—We’ll determine how much money you’re owed based on your current and future medical expenses and lost wages.
Negotiating with the insurance company—If the other driver was found to be at fault, we’ll negotiate with his or her insurance provider to get you maximum compensation. If the other driver left the scene or the accident is considered a “no-fault” accident, we’ll pursue compensation for you via your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
If the insurance company refuses to pay you what you’re owed, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.
We Won’t Let the Insurance Company Take Advantage of You
Insurance companies don’t always play fair, and they’re known for offering victims “lowball” settlements that aren’t nearly enough to cover their medical bills and lost wages. That’s because they know that victims often need money right away. However, when victims accept those initial settlement offers, they may be unable to pursue additional compensation when they face accident-related expenses months or even years later.
Having an experienced law firm on your side from day one means you can focus on getting better while having the peace of mind you deserve. You won’t have to worry about answering the insurance company’s phone calls or responding to their emails. We’ll take care of that for you while you spend time with your family. Contact us today—we’re ready to help.