Pasadena Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Pasadena, TX?
At Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC, we understand the life-altering effects a bicycle accident can have on you and your family. We are dedicated to helping our clients in Pasadena, TX with knowledgeable legal counsel and relentless advocacy for their rights. Our experienced attorneys will fight for just compensation when another party has caused an injury or death due to negligence or recklessness.
To learn more about your rights and how we can help you after a bicycle accident, call (713) 609-1930.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycles, also known as "vehicles" in the state of Texas, are considered a vehicle under the personal injury law. This means that in the state of Texas, bicyclists are afforded the same rights and protections as motor vehicle drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Bicyclists are vulnerable to injury because they do not have the same level of protection as motor vehicle drivers and passengers. This is why the cause of a bicycle accident can play a major role in the severity of the injury.
Some common causes of Houston bicycle accidents include:
- Driver negligence, such as failing to yield the right of way or making a turn without checking for cyclists
- Poor road conditions, such as potholes and debris can cause riders to lose control of their bikes
- Motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Inclement weather conditions like snow or ice can limit visibility for drivers
- Distraction from mobile phones and other devices
- Speeding by drivers who are not paying attention to cyclists on the roadway
- Inadequate bicycle infrastructure such as lack of dedicated bike lanes or signs indicating where cyclists can safely ride.
- Poor visibility due to dark clothing, low light, or riding against traffic.
What Are Common Houston Bicycle Accident Injuries?
The most common injuries suffered in bicycle accidents in Houston and throughout Texas include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal organ damage
- Road rash
These injuries can be devastating, even fatal. For this reason, it is so important for Pasadena bicycle accident victims to contact a bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Houston Bicycle Accident?
The statute of limitations is the time frame in which you can file a personal injury claim. The statute of limitations for a bicycle accident in Texas is two years from the date of the accident. If you miss the deadline, you may lose your right to compensation for your injuries, which can be devastating.
For this reason, it is so important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a bicycle accident. We can start investigating your case right away to determine if you have a valid claim. If you do, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and ensure that you don't miss the deadline.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Houston Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
In a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. You can also recover damages for the wrongful death of a loved one in a bicycle accident.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for the following in a Houston bicycle accident lawsuit:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
Why Hire a Pasadena Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Even though bicycles are considered vehicles in Texas, you may still be at a disadvantage when trying to prove liability after a bicycle accident. This is because the driver of the vehicle may be the only person who can testify to the cause of the accident. If the driver is at fault, it is in their best interest to say that the bicyclist caused the accident.
We strive to make the process of filing claims fast and efficient. Our attorneys can provide personalized advice based on the specific facts of each case while providing compassionate support during this difficult time. Our firm is committed to holding at-fault parties accountable and obtaining maximum compensation for our injured clients.
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What is negligence?
“Negligence” refers to careless, reckless, or wrongful (including unlawful) behavior. Often, this type of behavior leads to serious accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Some examples of negligence include someone who runs a red light because they were texting while driving, a shop owner who fails to put out a “wet floor” sign after an employee mops up a spill, or a dog owner who allows their dangerous dog to roam free and unleashed in a public park.
How do I know if I have a case?
You likely have a personal injury case if you were injured and suffered measurable damages—such as medical bills or pain and suffering—due to the careless, reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. In other words, if someone else is to blame for your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to know whether you have a case is to contact an attorney at our firm for a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we can go over the details of your situation and provide personalized counsel tailored to your circumstances.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The exact value of your personal injury case depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, whether you had to take time off work to recover, how much time you had to take off work, whether your injuries resulted in a disability, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the event that led to your injuries. It is not possible for any attorney to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Houston personal injury attorneys at Goldenzweig Law Group to request a complimentary case review.
Will I have to go to court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. In fact, many settle in pre-trial litigation or as a result of your attorney’s negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the liable party refuses to play fair, you want an attorney who is not only willing but also has the experience needed to aggressively represent you at trial. At Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC, we will prepare you for what to expect with your case, including whether or not you may need to go to court.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Texas (surrounding states may have different laws). This means that you typically have just two years from the date of injury to bring your claim in court. Sometimes, when an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations will be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but they are rare. We encourage you to act quickly after an accident or injury to avoid losing your right to seek compensation for your damages. If the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. Even if you think it might be too late, reach out to Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC to discuss your legal options.