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Seriously Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Dallas, TX?

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while riding your bicycle, contact our team of Dallas bicycle accident lawyers today for a FREE CONSULTATION. Seeking legal representation soon after a bike accident is critical to ensuring your claim will be considered by the insurance company. Insurance companies often try to deny a claims by placing the bicyclist at fault or minimizing their injuries, so you need a professional legal team that knows the Texas bike laws and your rights as a cyclist.

Seeking treatment soon after the accident is also important to your physical health and to your injury claim. Ensuring you do not create a gap in treatment prevents adjusters from claiming your injuries were pre-existing conditions. Further, the value in biking injury accident claims is primarily driven by your medical treatment and the financial harm you have suffered. Our law offices will need to open a claim quickly and begin gathering the documentation and evidence to support your case.

If you were injured in a bicycle crash due to the negligence of another driver, call our bike accident law firm today. The injury claims process can be overwhelming, so let our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers handle it while you focus on your treatment and recovery. The CONSULTATION is FREE, so call our Dallas bike accident lawyers today!

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Dallas Bicycle Accident Statistics

Although Dallas has a low incidence of bicycle accidents per resident, it has one of the highest bike accident fatality rates in the United States for cities with over 500,000 residents. Dallas has the 9th highest bicycle accident fatality rate out of the 37 largest cities in the country, with almost a 14% fatality rate per 100,000 population.

Bike Accident Statistics in Dallas, TX

The Dallas Police Department created crash reports for 145 bike accidents in 2021, 113 (78%) of which involved men and 32 (22%) of which involved women. Of those bike accidents, there were 82 that reported injuries, including:

  • Fatal Bike Accidents:  3 fatal bike accidents in Dallas in 2021
  • Serious Injury Bike Accidents:  12 serious injury bike accidents
  • Minor Injury Bike Accidents:  42 minor injury bike accidents
  • Possible Injury Bike Accidents:  25 possible injury bike accidents
  • Other Bike Accident Injury Statistics:
    • 47% of bike accidents caused a visible injury not requiring an ambulance
    • 28% of bike accidents caused pain or other symptoms, but no visible injury
    • 15% of bike accidents caused injuries requiring an ambulance
    • 10% of bicycle accidents caused no injuries

Texas Bicycle Accident Statistics

The Walk. Bike. Safe. initiative is an outreach program by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) created to build awareness and reduce the number of injury accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. The Crash Analysis Summary reveals several statistics that can be vital in reducing accidents just by knowing where and how biking and pedestrian accidents occur.

Our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers know information is vital in preventing deadly cycling crashes. We wanted to highlight some of the key findings from a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, since understanding Texas bicycle accident statistics can help you prevent a possibly fatal bike accident.

  • 82% of cycling accidents victims are male.
  • 31% of cyclists involved in bike accidents were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, compared to only 13% of vehicle drivers.
  • Most accidents involving bicyclists happen between 3pm to 7pm.
  • Bike accident injuries are more likely to occur during the day, while bicycle deaths are more likely to occur after dark.
  • 57% of biking accidents happen at intersections.
  • In 60% of the accidents involving a cyclist, the driver of the car or vehicle was between 20-49 years of age.
  • Most of the cyclists involved in accidents are 10-19 years of age.
  • African Americans and whites are over-represented in biking crashes compared to their percentages of the total population.
  • The #1 reason a motor vehicle driver hits a cyclist is due to driver inattention.
  • The #1 reason a cyclist is involved in an accident is failing to yield the right-of-way to another cyclist or motor vehicle.
  • In 26% of fatal bike accidents, the motor vehicle involved was a pickup truck.
  • The number of fatal bicycle accidents hit an all-time high in 2020, despite the total number of of cycling crashes declining.
  • 71% of bicycle crashes happen in urban areas.

Bike Injuries and Crashes in Texas in 2022

Our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers collected crash report data aggregated by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) from police departments across the state to break down the 2,347 bike accidents in Texas by severity.

  • Fatal Bike Accidents:  92 fatal bike accidents leading to 91 fatally wounded bikers
  • Serious Injury Bike Accidents:  321 serious injury bike accidents leading to 326 seriously injured bikers
  • Minor Injury Bike Accidents:  1,120 minor injury bike accidents leading to 1,124 minor injured bikers
  • Possible Injury Bike Accidents:  603 possible injury bike accidents leading to 611 possible injured bikers
  • Non-Injury Bike Accidents:  205 non-injury bike accidents leading to 199 uninjured bikers
  • Unknown Severity Bike Accidents:  6 unknown severity bike accidents leading to 39 bikers with unknown injuries

Source:  Pedestrian and Pedalcyclist Related Injuries and Crashes.

Understanding the Laws for Cyclists in Texas

According to Texas state law, bicyclists are held to the same set of rules as any other motor vehicle. You do not want to delay seeking legal help to navigate the intricacies of an accident involving a cyclist and motor vehicle. Our team of attorneys will guide you in fighting the insurance company and get you fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Biking Laws and Guidelines in Dallas, TX

According to Bike Texas, there are 8 important thing to know if you are riding a bicycle in Dallas:

  1. Cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles, such as stopping at stop signs and red lights, and slowing down at yield signs, just like you would when driving a car.
  2. Always use proper hand signals when turning.
  3. There can only be one person on a single bike; two on a tandem.
  4. Always have at least one hand on the handlebars when cycling.
  5. The only time when two cyclists can ride side by side is when they do not get in the way of motorized traffic.
  6. Brakes must be in proper working condition.
  7. Just like a motorized vehicle, the bike must have a proper white headlight and a red reflector light for the rear.
  8. Cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic, never go against traffic, and stay inside designated bike lanes (or as close to the curb as possible if there is no bike lane).

Exceptions for Cyclists Traveling in Main Driving Lanes in Dallas, TX

Exceptions are made for those riding a bike to take full advantage of the lane designated for motorized vehicles when traveling when:

  • The lane is not a standard, 14 feet wide lane.
  • There is an obstruction or hazardous condition on the road forcing the bike to enter the main lane to avoid an unsafe situation.
  • The person is passing another cyclist moving in the same direction.
  • When a cyclist is preparing to turn left at an intersection.

It does not matter whether you live in Dallas or were visiting Dallas when you bicycle wreck occurred, our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers may be able to help.  Call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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The Most Common Causes of Bicycle Crashes in Dallas, TX

Most bike accidents that occur in Dallas happen when a vehicle is involved in a crash. Of the bike-related accidents in Dallas in 2021, 97% involved a moving vehicle coming into contact with the cyclist. Only two of the accidents involved a bicycle hitting a vehicle, and only one occurred when the bike hit a parked motor vehicle.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Dallas, TX

In 2021, more than 60% of bicycle accidents in Dallas were caused by one of the following negligent actions:

  1. Ran a stop sign or red light:  10 bicycle accidents (over 11% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers running stop signs or red lights.
  2. Ignored a stop and go signal:  9 bicycle accidents (over 10% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers ignoring stop lights.
  3. Making a left turn:  9 bicycle accidents (over 10% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers making a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic.
  4. Didn’t yield to the cyclist:  6 bicycle accidents (almost 7% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers not yielding to a cyclist who had the right-of-way.
  5. Changed lanes when unsafe:  4 bicycle accidents (almost 5% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers making unsafe lane changes.
  6. Failure to yield on a private drive:  4 bicycle accidents (almost 5% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers not yielding when entering or exiting a private drive, such as a parking lot.
  7. Passing to the left:  4 bicycle accidents (almost 5% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers passing on the left.
  8. Speeding: 4 bicycle accidents (almost 5% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit.
  9. Driver Inattention: 3 bicycle accidents (more than 3% of bike wrecks) were caused by inattentive drivers.
  10. Failure to stop at a proper place:  3 bicycle accidents (more than 3% of bike wrecks) were caused by drivers not stopping at the right place, such as a crosswalk where the biker has the right-of-way.

Regardless of what caused your cycling accident, our Dallas bike accident lawyers maybe able to assist. Call us today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

Sources: Crash Records Information Systems (CRIS) database & People Powered Movement (PPM) – Biking and Walking Alliance.

Where do Most Accidents Involving Bicycles Occur in Dallas, TX?

Most cyclist crashes involving a motor vehicle happened in the inner city, meaning south and west of I-635, east of Loop 12, and north of I-30. Only 7 out of 89 bicycle accidents in 2021 happened outside these major city roadways. The majority of the 82 bike accidents inside the city occurred in or near the downtown Dallas vicinity.

Most Dangerous Intersections for Biking in Dallas, TX

More than 30% of all bike accidents nationally take place at intersections. In Dallas, there were not any intersections involving a bicyclist and a vehicle that were the location of more than two accidents. Only four intersections in Dallas had two accidents, with the remaining intersections having just one crash between a motorist and a cyclist.  The four intersections with more than one bike accident were:

  • Buckner and Lake June:  Southeast of downtown Dallas
  • Cockrell Hill and June:  Southwest of downtown Dallas
  • Main and Ervay:  Downtown Dallas
  • Mockingbird and Lawther:  Northeast of downtown Dallas by White Rock Lake

Wherever your bike accident happened, call our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers for a FREE CONSULTATION and let us tell you how we can help.

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Common Bike Accident Injuries

Injuries From Collisions With Motor Vehicles in Dallas, TX

Cycling injuries can be far more serious than an auto accident, because cyclists lack the protective shell a car, truck, or commercial vehicle. Bicyclists are at a much higher risk of suffering severe injuries to multiple body parts and internal organs when they share the road with drivers of large motor vehicles. Our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers understand the complexities of these types of injuries, which is critical to a bike wreck victim’s case.

Some of the most common injuries our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers see in cycling accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Bicycling accidents are the most common reason for sport and recreation-related emergency department visits for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States. The growth in popularity of biking is a major contributing factor to the increase in emergency room visits involving TBIs. Further, the majority of cycling accident fatalities in the US are the result of head injury.
    • Some examples of TBIs include:
  • Broken bones
    • In a study conducted by the National Library of Medicine, about 40% of those patients who had a biking accident had at least one broken bone. Most fractures were to the upper limbs of cyclists, and most bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles result in at least one surgery.
  • Spinal column injuries
    • A study from the National Library of Medicine looked at specific areas of injuries in car, motorcycle, and bike accidents. The most common area impacted when riding a bicycle was to the cervical area of the spine. This section of the spinal column consists of the C1 through C7 vertebrae. These vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs, which are cushion-like and allow the spine to move with flexibility, acting like a shock absorber during activity.
    • Examples of spinal column injuries include:
      • Spinal cord injury, which is a partial or complete severing of the spinal cord that can lead to paralysis.
      • Intervertebral disc injury, such as bulging or herniated discs.
      • Neck and back injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Skin injuries
    • Abrasions, also know as road rash or road burn
    • Puncture wounds
    • Lacerations
    • Bruising

Whatever type of injuries you suffered in your biking accident, our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers may be able to help. Call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Statistics for Wearing or Not Wearing a Helmet on a Bike

Texas has no state helmet law for bicycle riding. Sometimes municipal regulations exist in local cities, but Dallas does not have any municipal regulations for bicycle helmets when riding a bike. Although you are not legally obligated to wear a biking helmet in Dallas, our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers still suggest you wear one for your own safety. The growth in the popularity of bicycling has coincided with an increase in traumatic brain injuries and death largely due to bikers not wearing a helmet.

Wearing a bike helmet will significantly increase your chances of surviving a bad accident without a traumatic brain injury. Here are a few surprising statistics regarding helmets:

  • More than half of all cyclists killed annually were not wearing a helmet.
  • Wearing a helmet reduces the chance of a head injury by more than 50%.
  • Only 29% of all adults wear a helmet when biking.
  • Bike helmets do not vary much in the quality of protection they provide between cheaper versus higher end helmets.

Whether you were wearing a helmet or not when your bike wreck occurred, you still have a legal right to compensation for your injuries. Call our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers today for a FREE CASE REVIEW.

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Our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers charge NO UPFRONT COSTS. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid out of a portion of your bike accident settlement. If for any reason we are unable to help with your bicycle accident or cannot recover a settlement, you will not owe us a penny.

Our Dallas bicycle accident lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you with legal advice after a bike wreck. Our bike accident lawyers in Dallas, TX can even get you signed up with one of our attorneys over the phone before the insurance companies try to reach out to you and fight your right to compensation.

Our staff is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, and are standing by ready to help you get back on your feet after your cycling accident.

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Auto Accident FAQs

Auto Accident

If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.

Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.

If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.

A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck. 

A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.

The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win. 

Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different. Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.  

In Texas, you usually have two (2) years from the date of incident to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. There are exceptions to this 2-year time limit in Texas, for minors and others. Further, other states have different time limits, and the limit that applies is typically for the state in which the accident occurred.

The safest course of action for someone injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of accident is to consult with a personal injury attorney. This will help ensure that you do not miss the applicable limitations period. Moreover, it will ensure the right investigations are conducted, and the proper steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim. 

If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insurance, you are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.  

Typical damages you can recover in a personal injury claim include: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and in some cases even punitive damages. In severe injury cases, other damages may be recoverable, such as: future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, loss of body member or mental function, physical impairment, disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims).

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.

A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.

Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.  

Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if it’s close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss.  You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.  

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.     

If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.  

If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know. Give us a call or reach out online anytime! 

The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.

Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.  

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.  

Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start: 

  1. GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you. 
  2. CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.  
  3. TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.  
  4. GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.  
  5. FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.  
  6. CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.  

Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too.  As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck.  Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.

Under Texas law, “bicycles are entitled to all rights of the road that apply to a motor vehicle, including access.” Unfortunately, drivers often don’t respect the rights of cyclists, and bike accidents are increasingly common, causing severe injuries to the cyclist.   

First, stay at the scene.  As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.  

Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention.  Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury, and internal injuries often produce non-specific symptoms. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team. 

Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers.  DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.   

Fourth, document the scene.  Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc.  Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.  

Last, a lawyer to discuss your rights.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.   

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 6-12 months from date of incident; but the timeline in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, the litigation process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss the personal injury claims process

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