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Allen Bicycle Accident Lawyer

As an increasing number of bicyclists hit the roads for fun, exercise, or transportation, the amount of accidents involving riders is rising as well. In fact, from 2010 to 2016, there were 16,807 crashes in Texas involving bicyclists resulting in 9,769 injuries, according to the organization Share the Road.

When you are struck by a motorist, an experienced Allen bicycle accident lawyer could help you work to recover compensation for your injuries and damage to your bike so you can return to the road as quickly as possible. Contact a skilled attorney to get started on your claim. En Español.

Bicyclist Rights in Allen

Under the state’s Transportation Code, riders on a highway or bike path have the same rights and duties as motorists. That means that in addition to taking the necessary precautions to avoid a collision with a vehicle, motorists also owe riders a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner.

Specifically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are several actions motorists should take to avoid colliding with a rider, including:

  • Yield to bicyclists just like motorists
  • Search surroundings for bicyclists in areas like intersections and parking lots
  • Look to the right and behind when turning right to avoid hitting a cyclist from the rear
  • Stop completely and looking both ways before turning right on red
  • Obey the speed limit
  • Reduce speed for the conditions
  • Drive defensively to avoid a crash
  • Give cyclists enough room when passing

Top Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Even with increasing public awareness campaigns and outreach aimed at educating drivers about being on the lookout for cyclists, accidents still occur. Some of the most common causes of bike accidents include:

  • Failing to yield
  • Turning into the path of a rider
  • Violating traffic regulations or traffic control devices
  • Misjudging of the distance required to pass
  • Being distracted

All of these actions could give rise to a cause of action for negligence if an accident occurs as a result of a driver’s behavior. Any bicyclist injured by the negligent actions of another on the road should speak with an Allen bicycle accident lawyer who could help assess a potential claim.

Establishing Driver Negligence

To file a lawsuit for a bike accident based on the negligent actions of a motorist, a plaintiff must establish that the defendant was negligent. That means the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed them a duty to act or not to act, breached that duty, caused the plaintiff’s injuries by that breach, and caused the plaintiff to suffer damages.

Sometimes, a bicyclist’s actions also contribute to the accident that causes their injuries. In those situations, they can still bring a lawsuit for damages under the state’s comparative fault law as long as they are not 51 percent or more responsible. However, the amount recoverable will be reduced proportionately by their degree of fault.

Statute of Limitations in Bicycle Accident Cases

In the state of Texas, under the Civil Practice and Remedies Code, plaintiffs generally have two years from the date of the accident to bring a suit for a personal injury stemming from a bicycle accident. After that period of time, they may be barred from recovery.

However, exceptions to this limit do exist. To determine the exact time frame of filing a claim, contact an Allen bicycle accident lawyer who can help create a plan of action.

An Allen Bicycle Accident Attorney is Here to Help

When you rely on your bike to travel, or simply enjoy riding, you expect that motorists will operate their vehicles safely to avoid a collision with you. But when a driver is negligent and their behavior causes you to suffer injuries, a knowledgeable Allen bicycle accident lawyer could help you file a lawsuit to recover the damages you need to get back in the saddle. Call today to discuss your situation.

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Zane Allen
Zane Allen
04:39 18 Dec 19
I was in an accident in March and had injuries resulting from the crash. Obviously my first call was to a doctor to get... checked out but was told I was going to need physical therapy. My second call was to the McCraw Law Group. They took care of all of the grunt work so that all I had to focus on was getting better. They were very communicative about the process, and better yet, they were incredibly responsive to any emails, calls, and questions. I was very appreciative and thankful for all of their hard work. They are a great group of people to work with when you’re needing the help.read more
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Elisa Dean
15:38 16 Dec 19
I recommend The Mccraw Law Group to anyone who is hurt in an accident.My experience has been wonderful. They do the... best they can to get the most from the insurance company. My communications have been with Vanessa, Suzanne and Jason.Jason is very special to me. He understood my needs and was very caring and the sweetest attorney I have ever met. He was honest and did everything he could to bring my case to a conclusion.Vanessa and Suzanne are very sweet and are there to help every step of the way.read more
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Fernando Salas
19:07 10 Dec 19
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Adelyn Braswell
17:02 10 Dec 19
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Courtney Brooks
16:12 12 Sep 19
I had a wonderful experience from beginning to end with the McCraw Law Group. My case was accepted and I was kept up to... date on how it was proceeding, and when it came to a settlement, we got more than expected. Everyone was very kind, the court proceedings went smoothly and I was extremely satisfied. I will definitely use them again if anything else arises.read more
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