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Austin Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Riding a bicycle is fun and environmentally conscientious. Unfortunately, bicyclists are extremely vulnerable to becoming seriously injured when sharing the road with other vehicles that are larger, stronger, and faster. Understanding your rights and options after a bicycle accident can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. The FVF team understands bicycle safety laws, and knows how to help people who were injured in a bicycle accident understand their rights and options.

Far too often we see Austin bicyclists who have been injured in similar situations and for the same reasons – namely driver negligence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a significant portion of bicycle accidents were caused by motor vehicle operators. Data from 2012 from the NHTSA shows that nearly a third of injuries were caused by collisions with cars. Another source of bicycle accidents is poor roadways and walkways such as uneven sidewalks or cracks.

What are the common ways a bicyclist is injured?

  • Drivers making left turns
  • Drivers opening doors
  • Drivers backing out of a driveway or parking lot
  • Driver making right turn in bicycle lane
  • Lane merging
  • Collisions at intersections
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What should you do if you are hit by a car while cycling?

If you are hit by a car while on a bike, there are certain steps you should take as soon as possible to both ensure your health and safety and protect your rights, should you decide to pursue legal action.

  • Call 911 immediately after the accident.
  • If you are able, get the contact details of any witnesses on the scene.
  • Take pictures of the scene, including photos of your bike and the car.
  • Get the driver’s license number, plate number, and contact information.
  • Avoid making a statement about your cycling accident, especially to your insurance provider, until after you have spoken to a lawyer.

Why Should you Consult with an Austin Bike Accident Lawyer at FVF?

Choosing the right attorney for your cycling accident injuries can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. The bike accident attorneys at FVF have the experience to create the best strategy for helping you maximize your recovery, while ensuring your needs as a client are satisfied. We have successfully represented Austin bike accident injury clients in the past, helping them make smart decisions about their medical care, developing and proving their full financial and quality of life damages, and helping them put their lives back together after their accident. At a minimum, consulting with a cycling accident lawyer at FVF will provide you a cost-free education about your rights and options so you can begin making the best decisions for you and your case.

How Are Bike Accident Settlements Calculated?

This is a common question that does not have a common answer. Every bicycle accident injury case is different, and what you should expect for a settlement depends on the facts and circumstance of your own case. However, there are three factors that we typically evaluate to determine the appropriate bike accident settlement range:

  1. Is legal liability clear? When there is a dispute about who caused the cycling accident, settlements tend to be lower. But a thorough investigation should be done to prove the other party was careless and caused the bicycle accident. Our Austin bike accident lawyers know the local and state rules that can be used to prove fault.
  2. Are the injuries serious? The larger the financial and quality of life losses, the larger the potential settlement. This includes future losses, which must be proven. An experienced lawyer can help, since an insurance company won’t just take your word for it.
  3. Are there enough resources? Even serious bike accident injury settlements might be lower in some cases where there are not enough insurance proceeds or assets available to pay for the damage caused. Your bike accident lawyer should do a deep dive to identify all potential sources of recovery, including your own insurance.

Before you consider settling your bike accident injury claim, you should consult with an experienced lawyer who can help you evaluate your claim. FVF will gladly do this with no cost.

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