Bicycle Accidents

Houston Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Bike Accidents in Texas

Every year, thousands of Texans are seriously injured and hundreds more are killed in bicycle accidents. These accidents often result from the carelessness or recklessness of others, including negligent motorists. Statistics show that Harris County is consistently in the top 10 worst counties in the state when it comes to bike crashes and bicycle accident-related fatalities.

If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in a bicycle accident in Houston or the surrounding areas, turn to The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC. Our experienced trial lawyers are prepared to aggressively advocate for you and your family’s recovery. We understand just how devastating these incidents are, which is why we provide compassionate, client-focused legal counsel and personalized support throughout the legal process. We are here for you and will work tirelessly to ensure your rights and best interests are protected.

Reach out to us today for a free consultation with one of our Houston bicycle accident attorneys; call (713) 999-6855 or contact us online.

What Are the Most Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents?

Generally speaking, negligence is the most common cause of bicycle accidents. While bicyclists should always be careful when sharing the road and follow all traffic laws, they cannot always predict when motorists’ carelessness or recklessness will lead to a collision. These crashes happen fast, and there is often nothing bicyclists can do to prevent them.

Specifically, some of the most frequent causes of bike accidents include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Unsafe or illegal turns
  • Following too closely
  • Failure to leave adequate space
  • Failure to see bicyclists
  • Disobeying traffic control devices (stop signs, traffic signals, etc.)
  • Unlawful passing
  • Failure to share the road
  • Reckless or aggressive driving
  • Weaving in and out of traffic
  • Turning without looking

Other common factors include:

  • Poorly maintained roadways
  • Defective roadway design
  • Inclement weather
  • Poor visibility
  • Bicyclists swerving to avoid hazards
  • Bicyclists falling
  • Bicyclists failing to obey traffic laws
  • Failure to wear a bike helmet
  • Biking while intoxicated

At The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC, we work alongside accident reconstructionists and other experts to investigate exactly what happened and, most importantly, who was at fault. Under the state’s rule of modified comparative negligence, you may still be entitled to compensation if you were 50 percent or less to blame, but the amount you can recover in damages will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. Contact our Houston bicycle accident lawyers to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation.

Common Injuries Resulting from Bicycle Accidents

Even when bicyclists wear helmets, reflective clothing, and other protective gear, they are simply no match for large, heavy, fast-moving vehicles. As a result, they are the ones who suffer the most severe injuries in bicycle-vehicle collisions.

Some examples include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
  • Road rash, or friction burns
  • Serious cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Dislocations, sprains, and strains
  • Punctured lungs and other organ damage
  • Internal bleeding

As a result of these and other catastrophic injuries, injured cyclists often require immediate medical attention and extensive, ongoing care. Many suffer permanent disfigurement, significant scarring, and lasting disabilities that greatly affect their everyday lives.

At The Shellist Law Firm, PLLC, we recognize just how severe bicycle accidents are, which is why we fight tirelessly for maximum compensation for victims and their loved ones. We are committed to holding the responsible party accountable and seeking the full, fair recovery you deserve.

Holding Negligent Drivers & Other Liable Parties Accountable

Identifying who is liable for a bicycle accident can be challenging. Often, negligent motorists are to blame, but sometimes additional factors may complicate liability. For example, if a bicyclist swerved to avoid a pothole and was struck by someone who was texting while driving, resulting in severe injuries, the injured cyclist may have a claim against the texting driver and the municipal entity responsible for roadway maintenance.

When it comes to determining liability and pursuing maximum compensation for our clients, our Houston bicycle accident attorneys leave no stone unturned and no avenue unexplored. Our award-winning legal team is committed to developing innovative and creative legal strategies based on the unique details of each individual client’s case. Our collaborative approach has helped us succeed in complex legal matters throughout our years in practice, and we are prepared to put all of our resources, experience, and skill on your side.

As a client, you can expect to receive a high level of personal service, compassionate counsel, and dedicated, one-on-one attention from your attorney. We are here to help you navigate the legal process every step of the way. And, because we provide our personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, you do not owe anything unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.

Get in touch with us today at (713) 999-6855 or submit an online contact form to request a complimentary case evaluation. We are available 24/7!

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