As bicycles become more and more popular as a way of getting around, cities and drivers become more accommodating. Unfortunately, accidents still happen.
Because of the size difference between a bicycle and most other vehicles, an accident has the potential to be catastrophic.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, an Austin bicycle accident lawyer can help you fight for the personal injury settlement you deserve.
Since the approval of the Austin Bicycle Plan in 2014, Austin has committed itself to promoting biking as a safe and viable method of transportation in the city. As a result, biking is increasingly popular in the city, and new bike lanes, paths, and other infrastructure are being put into place.
As biking grows, however, the potential for an accident still remains. Despite the addition of bicycle lanes and other features to make biking in the city safer, cars and other vehicles remain hazardous to bikers of all skill levels, as well as pedestrians.
Cars not only travel faster than bicycles; they are also much larger and heavier. For this reason, they can inflict immense damages in a collision of any kind. Although wearing a helmet can improve the outcome for bikers, sometimes it’s simply not enough to prevent traumatic physical injury.
Add distracted or drunk driving to the mix, and you have a recipe for a fatal bike accident.
Some of the injuries that can be sustained as the result of a collision between a bicycle and car might include:
Many bicycle-related injuries require immediate medical attention, a fact that can lead to growing bills following an accident. What’s worse, an injury can keep you from heading back to work, putting further stress on your finances.
Fortunately, if your injury was caused by the negligence of another, you are well within your right to pursue a settlement through a civil suit. Filing a lawsuit requires significant amounts of preparation and investigation, as it will be up to you to prove that the negligence of the at-fault party was the cause of your damages. Sometimes, this is easier said than done.
If you’re unsure of where to start, that’s OK—many are. Reaching out to an experienced Austin bike injury lawyer is a good first step to winning the financial settlement you deserve.
Personal injury and auto accident lawsuits—and bicycle accident claims, by extension—are controlled by a state’s statutes and laws in some key ways. One of the most pertinent is the Texas statute of limitations on personal injury, which places a two-year deadline on these actions.
If this seems like a lot of time, keep in mind that civil lawsuits take time, especially when negotiating a fair settlement is involved. No claim is ever filed too early—sadly, some are filed too late.
When you’ve been injured in a biking accident, we know how important it is to win a settlement that actually covers the damages from your accident. The process is never easy, though, whether your case is heard in court or ultimately negotiated with the at-fault party’s insurance outside of it.
At Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law, we know what it takes to defeat the insurance giants—and get you the settlement you deserve. Ready to see what an Austin bicycle accident lawyer could do for you? Call 800-488-7840 to get started with a no-hassle case consultation.