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Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Cycling improves fitness, sharpens thinking and melts away stress. It is a low-impact, non-weight-bearing, inexpensive way to stay active, enjoyed by thousands of Americans. It’s also an increasingly popular way for people to commute to work or run errands. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that from 2000 to 2012, the number of people travelling to work by bicycle in the U.S. increased from about 488,000 to about 786,000.

However, NHTSA warns that although riding a bike offers financial, health and environmental benefits, it also poses safety risks. When a bicyclist is hit by a car, SUV, truck or bus, the bicyclist is far more likely to suffer serious injuries or death.

At Kraft & Associates, P.C., our attorneys represent people injured in wrecks in Dallas, Fort Worth and throughout the surrounding areas of North Texas.

We are compassionate, effective and dedicated to achieving results for our clients. If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in a bicycle crashes, we urge you to contact our firm as soon as possible. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.

Let the law offices of Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your rights after a cycling accident. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.

Facts About Crashes That Involve Bicycles

NHTSA reports the following facts about traffic collisions involving bicycles:

  • Bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all traffic crash injuries.
  • 48 percent of bicycle fatalities happened between 4 p.m. and midnight.
  • 88 percent of all bicyclist fatalities were male.
  • 80 percent of bicyclists injured in traffic crashes were male.
  • 24 percent of people who died in bicycle traffic crashes were 45 to 54 years of age.
  • 69 percent of all bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas.             

When a motor vehicle hits a bicyclist, it is important to determine who caused the accident – the bicyclist or the driver. These collisions are often caused by the carelessness or negligence of motorists.

An NPR article reports that drivers of motor vehicles have been determined to be at fault for accidents more often than bicyclists. According to Bicycling magazine, the most common ways that drivers cause accidents with bicyclists include the following:

  • A driver fails to see a cyclist and makes a left-hand turn.
  • A motorist strikes a cyclist from behind.
  • A driver fails to yield right-of-way to a cyclist.
  • A motorist passes a bicycle on the left then turns right into the bike’s path.
  • A cyclist riding next to parked cars collides with a door opened by a motorist.
  • A driver exits a driveway or parking lot into the path of a bicycle.

Types of Injuries in Bicycle Collisions

Cyclists are virtually unprotected in a collision. They can suffer catastrophic injuries or death in crashes with motor vehicles. Those injuries may include, among others:

Bicycle Accident Law Suit in Texas

Cyclists are guaranteed the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers under Texas law. If you have been hit on your bike by a motor vehicle through the fault of the driver, and suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be entitled to file a claim against the driver of the vehicle. You may be entitled to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.

If the driver didn’t stop, didn’t have insurance or had only minimal coverage, you may be able to recover compensation through the uninsured / underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage on your auto policy – even if you were riding a bike during the accident.

Our firm can assist you immediately as you seek all potential sources of financial recovery. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we provide an initial claim review and legal advice without charge or further obligation. Our bicycle accident lawyers will analyze your case and advise you about your legal options.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while riding a bike in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you should speak with an experienced attorney to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Please call Kraft & Associates, P.C., at (214) 999-9999, or you can send us an e-mail at kraftlaw@kraftlaw.com, or complete our online form for a free assessment of your case.

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