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We Fight for Texas Bicycle Accident Victims
Careless and distracted drivers frequently cause serious and sometimes fatal bicycle accidents. Since 2006, bicycle fatalities have risen 6% nationwide, and the number of bicyclist injuries in collisions has also increased in recent years. Texas has the most bicyclist fatalities in the United States behind California and Florida. And San Antonio is among the top ten cities in the U.S. for bicyclist deaths.
If you or a loved one has been injured during a collision with a bus, car, or truck, you deserve justice and compensation. But before you file a lawsuit or accept an insurance company settlement, schedule a free consultation with a bike accident lawyer from our team at Crosley Law. We have the knowledge and experience to handle serious accidents involving bicycles and other vehicles.
To learn more about our approach to bicycle collision cases, keep reading. We have additional information about Texas bicycling laws, common bike accident injuries, and more.
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Larry’s Story: Crosley Law Helps a Bus Passenger After a Hit-and-Run Crash
A hit-and-run collision left Larry with rib and spine fractures. Thankfully, Crosley Law helped him get the compensation he deserved.
Is San Antonio Bike-Friendly? The Answer Is Complicated
Bike ridership is increasing in San Antonio. However, with greater numbers of vulnerable cyclists on the road, the city is also seeing more bicycle accidents. Between 2017 and 2018, San Antonio’s number of fatal car-bike crashes doubled. Many factors contributed to this spike in serious and fatal San Antonio bicycle accidents.
Officials are working hard to make San Antonio more bike-friendly by designing dedicated bike lanes, establishing safe passing rules, and creating bicycle light ordinances. However, even the best measures can’t prevent catastrophic bike crashes caused by negligent, reckless drivers.
What Are the Bicycle Laws in Our City and State?
It’s essential to understand bike laws in Texas and San Antonio before you take to the road. All cyclists must comply with state and municipal bike and traffic laws. If a cyclist violates these laws and causes an accident, they might be liable for damages. They might even face misdemeanor charges and fines.
As a cyclist, you typically must:
- Ride your bike on the road and not on the sidewalk
- Follow San Antonio’s safe passing protocols
- Use front and rear bike lights in the evening and early morning
- Follow all relevant traffic laws
While neither San Antonio nor Texas currently have bicycle helmet laws, Crosley Law encourages everyone to bike responsibly and use protective equipment.
Unfortunately, following the rules and wearing a helmet can’t always protect you from careless drivers. Even worse, if you’ve been hit by a driver while bicycling, the insurance company may try to offer you a low settlement by blaming you for the collision. They will do this because, in Texas, if your negligence contributed to a crash, the insurance company can use that to pay you less.
However, you should never assume that the insurance company’s assessment is fair or accurate. Instead, contact an experienced bike accident lawyer at Crosley Law for a free consultation by using our simple online form or calling us at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
Common Texas Bicycle Accident Injuries
While driving in San Antonio, you might occasionally see a “ghost bike,” a white-painted bike memorializing a fatal car-bike accident. These memorials are a haunting reminder that bicycle accidents have serious consequences.
Common injuries associated with bike accidents include:
- Head injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Skull fractures
- Dental fractures
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Eye injuries
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage and neuropathy
- Back and spine injuries, like:
- Herniated discs
- Vertebral fractures
- Spinal cord damage
- Musculoskeletal injuries, such as:
- Broken bones (including arm, leg, pelvic, and rib fractures)
- Dislocations of the shoulders, knees, and other joints
- Sprains, strains, and whiplash
- Road rash, contusions, and lacerations
While some injured cyclists recover from their injuries, others face a lifetime of medical treatment and permanent disability.
When you work with a bike accident lawyer at Crosley Law, we can talk with you about the extent and value of the damages you might be owed for your injuries. And while every case is different, we always fight for fair compensation on behalf of our clients. Contact us today by completing our online form or by calling 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
What Causes Most Bicycle Accidents in San Antonio?
Every bike-car accident involves different facts and circumstances. In San Antonio, common causes of bicycle crashes include:
- Failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign, traffic light, or intersection
- Speeding Improper lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Drunk and drugged driving
We’ve built a reputation for our detailed bike crash investigations. Our bicycle accident lawyers frequently work with accident reconstruction specialists, engineers, and other experts who can pinpoint the precise causes of your crash. We’ll also interview witnesses, search for surveillance footage of the crash, and uncover other essential information.
How Much Is My Bike Accident Claim Worth?
Many factors can impact the settlement value of your bicycle crash claims. At Crosley Law, we carefully look for every insurance policy that covers your injuries. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may be able to file claims with multiple insurance companies.
Who Is Responsible for My Bike Accident Injury?
After a life-changing bicycle crash, you’ll need all the help you can get. To get the compensation you deserve, you’ll need to identify every insurance policy that covers your claim. Depending on the nature of your accident, you might have claims against:
- Distracted or careless drivers
- An employer (if the accident occurred within the scope of either your or the driver’s employment)
- Manufacturers of dangerous or defective products
- Your personal insurance protection (PIP) policy, which covers lost income and medical costs
- Your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UI/UIM) policy, which should step in if the at-fault driver was underinsured or you were harmed in a hit-and-run crash
- Other negligent parties, like bars and restaurants that overserve drunk drivers
Most accident victims and their family members can’t identify all their personal injury claims without help from a knowledgeable lawyer. At Crosley Law, we guide bicycle crash victims through their complex insurance claims, giving them practical advice and helping them hold the negligent parties accountable.
Calculating Your Bike Crash Claim’s Settlement Value
As we’re identifying all the insurance policies that cover your claim, our San Antonio bike accident lawyers will start calculating your damages. Depending on the severity of your injuries and your unique circumstances, your damages might include the following:
- Medical bills and the cost of future medical care
- Lost wages and wage-earning capacity
- Medical devices and improvements you need to make to your home or vehicle so that they’re accessible
- The cost of replacing or repairing your damaged property
- Replacement services if you need help maintaining your home and caring for yourself
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral and burial expenses
We carefully analyze each client’s situation and the supporting evidence. Then, we determine the full value of their potential claims and tailor our litigation strategy to meet their needs. Our injury lawyers have a remarkable track record of success, and we have recovered millions for bike crash victims and their loved ones.
The Crosley Law Team Secures a $1.5 Million Settlement for an Injured Bicyclist: Carl R.’s Story
Carl was pedaling his bike when a Ford F-350 pickup failed to yield the right of way and smashed into him. Due to his catastrophic injuries, the police couldn’t get Carl’s side of the story and partially blamed him for the crash. That’s when he turned to Crosley Law.
We’re Not Just Personal Injury Lawyers, We’re Cyclists
Years ago, Tom Crosley took up cycling in honor of a client who died in a bicycle crash. Today, many of our law firm’s employees are avid bike riders. We understand San Antonio’s biking community because we’re part of it. That experience gives us a significant advantage: our injury lawyers understand our city’s biking rules, the challenges that bikers face on San Antonio’s roads, and the science involved in a motor vehicle crash involving a cyclist.
But our team doesn’t stop there. Our law firm uses cutting-edge litigation tactics and works with respected expert witnesses to strengthen our clients’ injury claims. We frequently consult with doctors, accident reconstruction specialists, vocational experts, long-term care planners, and others, making sure we understand every nuance of our clients’ insurance claims and losses. We’ve helped many victims navigate their bicycle accident claims, getting them the compensation and answers they deserved.
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Crosley Law: Standing Up for San Antonio and Bexar County’s Bike Accident Victims
At Crosley Law, we fight to help our clients recover compensation from negligent drivers, manufacturers of defective bicycles and bike parts, insurance companies, and other responsible parties. We know that insurance companies do not always fairly compensate injured bikers or families who have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident. Our team has the skill, experience, and tenacity you need on your side while taking on big insurance companies.
If you would like to submit a bicycle accident case for a free online evaluation, please complete our online form.
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