Bicycle Accidents

Published on June 05, 2012   Trevor A. Taylor

Bicycle Accidents

While Austin is considered biker friendly, bikers are still the most vulnerable people sharing the road.  When a biker gets struck by a car, serious injuries often result.  The Law Office of Trevor A. Taylor represents bicyclists injured by the negligence of others.

Bicyclists are expected to follow the rules of the road, just like any other driver.  Unfortunately, some drivers treat bicyclists as second class citizens.  Rules they wouldn’t violate for other drivers get violated when cyclists are involved.  The Law Office of Trevor A. Taylor represents injured cyclists and helps them get the compensation they are entitled to.

When a driver violates a safety rule, injuring a bicyclist, he can be held responsible for his conduct.  That driver’s automobile liability policy covers injuries he causes to cyclists.  The negligent driver will be defended by a large insurance company.  They will have teams of adjusters, investigators and lawyers coming to their defense.  Without help, an injured cyclist could easily be outmaneuvered by this legal team.  This is where The Law Office of Trevor A. Taylor can help.  Trevor Taylor is a board certified personal injury trial lawyer, tested and experienced in getting an injured cyclist the compensation deserved.

It is important to retain a lawyer early so that adequate proof the collision can be developed.  In many cases, an accident report from the investigating officer may show how the collision occurred.  In cases where there is no police report, care needs to be taken to locate and identify witnesses that can describe how the collision occurred.  This is especially the case with hit and run drivers, a problem plaguing the riding community.

Some of the safety rules that driver’s routinely violate (to the detriment of the bicyclist), include:

  • Speeding;
  • Failing to yield the right of way;
  • Failing to keep a proper lookout;
  • Running a red light;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Texting while driving.

These breaches of the safety rules can cause significant injuries to bicyclists.

Texas law provides for a range of damages to injured bicyclists.  The most basic is reimbursement of medical expenses.  It is important that an injured bicyclist receive the medical attention needed after an accident.  If the bicyclist has health insurance, the process of getting medical attention is easier (though there are important issues of reimbursement at the conclusion of the case).  The Law Office of Trevor A. Taylor is experienced in working with both insured and uninsured cyclists in securing the medical attention they need.

Another element of damages is lost wages.  For an hourly worker, the calculation of lost wages is relatively simple (number of days lost multiplied by the wage rate).  For salaried workers and the self employed, this calculation gets more complicated.  A board certified personal  injury trial lawyer can help with this issue, making sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you are a bicyclist that has been injured  in an auto collision, contact The Law Office of Trevor A. Taylor for a FREE case evaluation today!

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