Dallas Bike Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact the Dallas bike accident attorney at The Benton Law Firm as soon as possible. Bicyclists are prone to more serious injuries in accidents because they are relatively defenseless when they are involved in a collision. If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligent actions, you could be owed compensation for what happened to you.
To get the justice you deserve, it is a good idea to immediately contact an experienced Dallas bike accident lawyer. The law is on your side, so contact the injury attorneys of The Benton Law Firm to help you understand your options and get the compensation that you may be owed. Call us at (214) 219-4878, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss your case today.
Do I Need a Bike Accident Lawyer?
A bike accident is a disorienting event. When a bike accident occurs, it may lead to severe and sometimes catastrophic injuries. Overcoming this pain is stressful enough without also having to create a strong legal strategy to overcome the legal tricks of insurance companies.
A bike accident lawyer will put their experience to work on your case. They can investigate the accident, consult with medical experts, and handle negotiations with insurance representatives. Research has shown that hiring a lawyer in such cases results in more compensation for your claim, meaning not only will you be able to focus on recovering from your injuries, but you may also be able to secure more compensation for your claim.
Why Choose The Benton Law Firm to Handle My Case?
The Dallas bike accident lawyers at The Benton Law Firm represent people who have been seriously hurt in bike accidents. Our award-winning lawyers have won millions for our clients. No matter the opposition we face, we have used our knowledge and skill to make sure our clients get the full and fair amount of compensation that they need to rebuild their lives.
This is why our clients highly recommend us to others, as can be seen in our superb rating according to Avvo’s customer satisfaction metrics. When it comes to getting a lawyer that understands the law around bicycle accidents, and who knows the best strategies to succeed, no one in Dallas can compete with The Benton Law Firm. We have a long history of taking care of our bike accident clients. The passionate, aggressive legal advocacy we provide against the negligent drivers in Dallas can help you with any of your biking accident concerns.
Types of Cases We Handle
More and more Texas cities are trying to become biker friendly, particularly with the expansion of bicycle lanes. However, this new push toward a biking community in every city is not without its unfortunate side effects. Texas is a state that heavily relies on motor vehicles. Many of these drivers are not used to having to look out for bicyclists on city streets.
Bike accidents happen every day around Dallas and the rest of Texas. They can be the result of any number of factors, but knowing the most common causes can help bikers, pedestrians, and motorists look out for risks ahead of time. Though this is in no way an exhaustive list, here are some of the most common causes of bike accidents we see in our Dallas office:
- Turning into a bike lane
- Turning left into an intersection without signaling
- Switching lanes suddenly into a cyclist
- “Dooring” a cyclist, or opening a door without warning into a cyclist’s path
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or stoplight
- Rear-ending a cyclist
- Debris on the road
- Potholes and other road hazards
- Dog or other animal chasing a cyclist
These are only some of the ways a cyclist can end up in a serious bike accident, but in many cases, it is the fault of others that the cyclist has ended up injured. That means the cyclist often has the right to press a claim for compensation.
Any of the above scenarios can result in a severe injury, some of the most common of which are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Scrapes, bruises, and lacerations
Many of these can lead to permanent damage to an individual’s quality of life and can have profound effects on the individual, the individual’s family, or their community. In addition, many bikers tragically die as a result of their injuries after a crash. Such harm should not go unpunished. A lawyer can help you win money from the person who harmed you for costs including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and more. Similarly, if your loved one was tragically killed in a bicycle accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for their final expenses, as well as your loss of support and companionship.
Bike Accidents in Texas
As of 2012, 726 cyclists were killed across the country, and another 49,000 were injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, that makes up 2.2% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. With so many vehicles on the road and so many vulnerable cyclists with little to no protection, it’s not surprising that the percentage of fatalities of cyclists from motor vehicle accidents has gone up 0.7% over the last decade.
Recently, a bicyclist was killed after a car sideswiped the rider, who was forced to use a dangerous crosswalk at an intersection because there were no bike lanes. The police concluded that the bicyclist “killed himself” in the accident. This scenario is representative of many of the opinions Dallas motorists have regarding bikers. Many citizens believe that they should not be forced to share the road with bicyclists, and many accidents occur as a result. Despite this widespread belief, bicyclists are entitled to the same rights as other motorists and deserve a space on the road as much as anyone else. This is why it’s imperative that you hire a bicycle accident lawyer to fight for your rights if you have been injured in an accident.
The Dallas personal injury attorney at The Benton Law Firm understands the devastation that occurs after bicycle accidents and the frustration with local authorities at the lack of response for negligent drivers. While the Dallas area is slowly becoming more bike-friendly, most streets still do not include bike lanes or adequate lighting so that motorists can be aware of bicyclists. Other motorists should understand that bicyclists are not people to be shunned and ignored on the roads, but should be given extra protection.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact our personal injury attorney today, and we can begin developing a strategy to get you the compensation you deserve. You should not be held responsible for paying thousands of dollars in medical bills and property damage due to a driver’s negligence. Contact us today at (214) 219-4878 to ensure you receive justice and that your rights are not compromised.