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Austin Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Austin Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Austin Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Have you been hurt in a bicycle accident in Austin, TX? You may be able to pursue compensation from the party responsible for your injuries. If your claim is successful, you can collect damages for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. FVF Law is here to help you understand your legal rights and options.

Our law firm prides itself on providing sound, effective legal representation to personal injury victims throughout the Austin area. Taken together, our Austin bicycle accident lawyers have 80 years of experience practicing law. We’re a values-driven team of legal experts who won’t just treat you like a number on a spreadsheet; instead, we’ll treat you like family.

If you’d like to learn more, reach out today at (512) 982-9328 or contact us online. We offer a no-pressure, free consultation to review your case and provide legal advice.

How FVF Law Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Austin

How FVF Law Can Help After a Bicycle Accident in Austin

Unfortunately, bicyclists suffer the brunt of the harm in virtually every collision with a motor vehicle. To make matters worse, these accidents are usually not the bicyclist’s fault. If that combination of circumstances describes your accident, it’s important that you know that you have rights and legal options available to you.

FVF Law is a personal injury law firm that cares about helping people in the Austin, Texas, area recover after they’ve been harmed by the negligence of someone else. Since our law office was opened in 2014, we have obtained millions of dollars for our clients. In addition, our Austin personal injury lawyers have been recognized as Rising Stars by the prominent legal organization Super Lawyers on multiple occasions. To assist with your case, we will:

  • Keep you apprised of your legal options as your case develops
  • Investigate your case to collect evidence, determine the total extent of your damages, and identify any liable parties
  • Negotiate a settlement agreement with the other side on your behalf
  • Bring your case before a Travis County jury at trial if necessary

These are just a few of the ways we can help. Contact us today to begin forming an attorney-client relationship or just to ask any questions you may have about your case. Your initial consultation is completely free.

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How Common Are Bicycle Accidents in Austin, Texas?

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) makes data available on bicycle crashes across the state. For the year 2021, there were 2,265 bicycle accidents resulting in 90 fatalities total in Texas.

Austin’s Vision Zero is the city’s effort to reduce the number of fatal traffic accidents to zero, which is an initiative first implemented in Sweden and brought to the United States in New York City. The initiative in Austin entails infrastructure improvements, policy changes, and community education.

The city’s Vision Zero Viewer provides numbers on bicycle crashes specific to Austin. According to the viewer, there were 30 bicycle accidents in Austin in 2021, which caused three fatalities. This is roughly in line with the previous three years, both regarding accidents overall and fatal accidents.

For comparison, there were 402 car accidents in Austin in 2021; those crashes caused 55 fatalities. This means that there was less than 10% of the number of bicycle accidents and fatalities relative to those involving automobiles.

What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in Austin, TX?

Bicycle accidents can occur in a variety of situations. Sometimes, only the bicycle is involved, and there is no collision with another vehicle. The most serious accidents, however, tend to occur between a bicycle and a motor vehicle. Common causes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Improper turning
  • Inattentive driving
  • Failing to check blind spots before turning
  • Improper braking
  • Poor weather
  • Road defects
  • Defective machinery
  • Drunk or intoxicated driving
  • Insufficient rider skill

Was your bicycle accident caused by someone else? If so, you might have a compensation claim. Reach out to our personal injury attorneys in Austin to learn more; we can help.

How Valuable Is My Austin Bicycle Accident Case?

The value of your Austin bicycle case will come down to all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Factors that can influence the value of your claim include, but are not limited to:

  • How old you were at the time of the accident
  • Whether you share any blame for the crash
  • How severe your injuries are
  • The types of injuries you have sustained
  • Whether you will make a full recovery
  • The extent to which you’ve had to miss work due to the accident
  • The terms of any available insurance policies

The bicycle accidents that cause the most serious injuries that especially impact the victim’s daily life going forward tend to be worth the most. We can provide you with more personalized insight into this topic once we speak with you and learn about your case.

What Damages Can Bicycle Accident Victims Claim in Austin?

After a bicycle accident in Austin, you can claim economic damages, non-economic damages, and potentially punitive damages (in rare cases).

Your financial losses are represented by economic damages. A few examples are:

  • Medical bills
  • Decreased earning capacity
  • Lost wages

The other consequences of the accident are represented by non-economic damages. These include things like:

  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement

Punitive damages are not awarded in most personal injury cases; they’re reserved for when the at-fault party acted especially recklessly. These damages are intended to punish the defendant for what they’ve done. However, they remain a possibility for certain bicycle accident cases.

We’ll Pursue Compensation for Each of Your Bicycle Crash Injuries

Bicycles offer essentially no protection in the event of an accident relative to a motor vehicle like a car. That means that injuries from a bicycle accident suffered by the rider can be disproportionately severe. Some of the types of injuries that can result from a bicycle accident include:

  • Neck injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amputations
  • Road rash
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Organ damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death

We can help you explore your options for compensation after an accident, regardless of whether your injury is mentioned above. Call today for assistance with your claim.

What Happens If I’m Blamed for a Bicycle Accident in Austin?

In Texas, you can still recover compensation even if you are partially to blame for the crash – but only up to a point. That’s because Texas operates under a modified comparative negligence doctrine with a “51% rule.”

Under this doctrine, you will be assigned a percentage of fault. If that percentage is 50% or less, you can still receive a monetary award from the at-fault party, but that award could be reduced accordingly. If, for example, you are assigned 25% of the blame but are awarded $400,000, that award could drop down to $300,000. And if you are assigned 51% or more of the blame for the accident, you cannot receive compensation.

The other party involved in your case will likely try to pin the blame on you since they can reduce or eliminate their liability if they are successful in that accusation. This is one reason why having an Austin bicycle accident lawyer in your corner is critical; an attorney can protect your interests and ensure you aren’t assigned more blame than is appropriate.

How Long Do I Have To File My Claim After a Bicycle Accident in Texas?

The Texas statute of limitations describes the deadlines for when lawsuits must be filed in the state. You will lose your ability to recover compensation from the at-fault party if you file your lawsuit too late.

You have two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit in most bicycle accident cases. There are exceptions, however, such as if you intend to sue a governmental entity, where you’ll have less time. There are also instances where you might have additional time, such as when the person you intend to sue has fled the State of Texas.

We’ll be able to let you know whether you still have time to file your lawsuit during your free consultation with one of our bicycle accident attorneys.

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Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With an Experienced Austin Bicycle Accident Attorney

You and your loved ones are likely going through a difficult time after a bicycle accident. While you focus on your recovery, our Austin bicycle accident lawyers can handle your legal claim. We’ll keep you apprised of your case’s status at all times when you choose us to represent you, and we’ll do what we can to pursue compensation for your injuries.

It also won’t cost you anything upfront to hire us because we work on a contingency fee basis. Instead, we will receive payment for our legal services as a percentage of the financial award collected at the conclusion of your case.

Would you like more information about how we can help? Reach out online today or call us at (512) 982-9328.

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