Bicycle Accident Attorney in Houston, TX
The sun shines brightly on Texas, which is one of the reasons so many bicyclists love to get out on its roads to get from here to there. Bicycling is a popular Texas pastime and these riders have every right to share the road with the drivers of motor vehicles. When car and truck drivers fail to drive cautiously around bicyclists, serious accidents can occur. Most of the time, it’s the bicyclist who suffers the most devastating injuries. Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, has more than 15 years of experience representing bicycle accident victims. If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident that was caused by someone else, you may be entitle to fair compensation in accordance with Texas statutes.
About Bicycle Accidents in Texas
After hitting a bicyclist with their vehicle, motorists will often say that they didn’t see the bike or its rider. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that most of these collisions occur because the motorist:
- Is driving distracted (texting or talking on cellphone)Speeding
- Driving aggressively
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Pulling out (or backing up) without looking
- Making an unsafe lane change
- Turning at an intersection
Bicycle riders do not have airbags or a steel cage to protect them, so when they’re struck by a motor vehicle, they can suffer catastrophic injuries—even death. That’s why it’s essential to have a strong advocate working on your behalf to preserve your rights. If someone’s careless or reckless driving caused your injuries, you have the right to demand compensation.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
While some lucky bicyclists may be able to walk away from their accident, many are not so fortunate. Some common types of injuries that bicyclists sustain in accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Fractures and broken bones
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
It can take months or even years for some accident victims to recover from serious injuries. Some riders are left disabled of disfigured. They may not be able to work or care for themselves. If you or a loved one has been injured by a motorist while riding your bike, you may seek damages for your injuries as well as the medical expenses and lost work wages.
Bicycle Laws in the State of Texas
Motorists are obligated to obey the rules of the road at all times. They must exercise a reasonable level of care while driving. Too often, they fail in this duty and someone gets hurt. Personal injury law governs bicycle accidents. If a bicyclist has been injured by a motorists careless or wrongful driving, they have a legal right to seem compensation. To win compensation, Attorney Fjeld, for instance, must prove that the motorist was negligent. Sometimes, it happens that the bicyclist was partially at fault. If this occurs, fault can be assigned to both parties. If the bicyclist is found to be at fault for 30 percent of the accident, the motorist is left with 70 percent of the fault. Therefore, the motorist is responsible for 70 percent of the damages.
Involved in a Bicycle Accident? What Should You Do?
The first step in any accident—get medical attention. Do not skip this step even if you believe you’ve only suffered a few scratches. If you’ve been struck by a motor vehicle while riding your bike, you may have incurred injuries that you cannot yet feel. Back injuries, neck injuries, and even brain injuries may go unnoticed for a period of time, and yet, they are incredibly serious injuries that can have lasting health repercussions for accident victims. We’ve seen some cases where an accident victim didn’t suspect they had a neck fracture until their physician ordered neck x-rays. If you struck you head on the pavement, it’s vital to have a brain scan. You could have a concussion or some other injury.
While medical care is vital for preserving your health, it also provides irrefutable evidence that you sustained injuries. Your medical record concerning these injuries then becomes vital evidence that can support your claim. If you wait three or four days to go to the doctor, an insurance company attorney is going to suggest that your injuries weren’t all that serious—so how much compensation for pain and suffering do you really deserve? Yes, this happens. Go the emergency room or an urgent care clinic to get an evaluation right away. You can risk your claim if you do not.
Get an Accident Report
It’s always a wise course of action to call the police to any type of roadway accident. When officers arrive on the scene, they will produce an accident report. They’ll take down everyone’s information who was involved in the accident, check insurance and licensing (in the motorist’s case), investigate to determine who was at fault, and possible even issue citations. If they find that the motorist is drunk, they’ll likely make an arrest on the spot. In short, all of this information goes into the police report and this report will constitute another essential form of evidence should you pursue a claim for compensation.
Contact Your Houston Bicycle Accident Attorney
You should contact Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, to notify us about your accident as soon as you can. It’s important to investigate a claim as soon as possible. Evidence gets lost. Witnesses become impossible to track down. The sooner you contact our firm, the better for your case. We often begin our investigative work by visiting the scene of the accident. We’ll examine the accident report and take photos of the scene. We’ll also try to get photos of the damaged bicycle and vehicles involved in the collision.
During this investigative portion of our service, we’ll want to ensure that the accident report is clear. Mistakes can occur in these documents—mistakes that can have a negative impact on your claim. We will make sure that the accident report is error free. We’ll also see if any video footage exists. Afterward, we’ll contact witnesses in order to get their accounts of the accident while it’s still fresh in their minds. Imagine waiting months to perform these tasks? A delay can truly harm you claim.
Another reason to talk to your bicycle accident attorney is to obtain helpful legal advice. We’ll be able to let each client know how long they have to file their claim. Most personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the accident date. We invariably tell clients not to talk to insurers or sign their forms. We’ll communicate with them on your behalf. We’ll also examine their forms or settlement offers along with you. By signing something early, you could render your claim for future medical expenses related to your claim invalid.
Insurers are compelled to pay accident victims as little as they possibly have to. It’s all part of protecting their bottom line. That’s why we fight hard to prevent them from minimizing your claim. They may try to assign fault where it doesn’t exist. They may attempt to minimize the severity of your injuries. We’ll call in medical experts to prove them wrong. In short, we will rely on our experience and skills to deal with these insurers and their lawyers.
How Else Can Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, Help You?
Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, features a full line-up of legal services for our clients. If you choose to place your trust in our firm, you can rely on our services that include:
- Carefully evaluate your claim, helping you determine its strengths and weaknesses
- File court documents and handle all case-related paperwork
- Meet court deadlines and attend court or hearing sessions
- Communicate with insurance companies and their attorneys
- Communicate with the defendant’s attorneys
- Investigate all aspects of the case
- Visit the accident scene
- Seek testimony from medical experts
- Obtain witness accounts
- Procure the services of an accountant or actuary (to help calculate fair compensation)
- Procure the services of an accident reconstructionist
- Provide clients with updates about their case
- Offer sound legal advice based on our training and experience
- Aggressively litigate or negotiate the claim
As a small legal firm, we’re able to tailor all of our services to suit our clients’ needs. We offer personalized attention to every client who places their trust in our firm. We value this trust and never take it for granted. Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, is dedicated to pursuing justice on your behalf because it’s what you deserve.
Bicycle Accident Compensation in Texas
Bicycle accident victims who are injured because of another’s carelessness or recklessness can seek two types of damages: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the quantitative costs—the medical expenses and the lost work wages. Sometimes these damages are easy to calculate, but often it’s a complex task. Many accident victims suffer catastrophic injuries that require on-going care. We need to calculate the likely costs for these expenses to cover five, ten, fifteen, etc…years down the road. In such cases, we may consult an actuary to help us determine future medical expenses and lost wages.
Economic damages are the pain and suffering that accident victims endure. We will help our clients calculate a sum that reflects their situation.
Jerome O. Fjeld, PLLC, has achieve millions of dollars at trial as well as in negotiations for our clients. Attorney Fjeld is an aggressive litigator and negotiator. He will do everything he can to pursue justice for his clients. Our firm offers a free initial consultation. Meet with us to discuss the specifics of your claim and the injuries you sustained. Remember, we will not charge you any of our legal fees unless we win your case. That’s a promise.
5902 Irvington Blvd,
Houston, TX 77009
5606 N Navarro St #200,
Victoria, TX 77904