Bicycle Accident Attorney in Plano

bicycle accident lawyerWhen a car hits a person on a bicycle, it can be a terrifying experience that leaves the bicyclist with serious and potentially fatal injuries. If a motorist’s negligence caused the collision, the bicyclist has the right to demand compensation for the harm that he or she has suffered.

Insurance companies are often hostile toward bicycle accident claims. They often try to blame the crash on the bicyclist. This is one of the many reasons why it is crucial for an injured bicyclist to get help from an experienced bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash.

Contact Our Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Plano

The Plano personal injury lawyers of Tate Law Offices are committed to protecting the rights of bicyclists in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and throughout Texas. We are ready to go to work for you right away.

Call your local office or reach us online today to speak with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.

You will get a Free Case Evaluation.  And there’s never any fees unless we win your settlement.

What Should You Do After a Plano Bike Accident?

Tate Law Offices can provide you with a free consultation. We can use this consultation to learn more about your case and answer any questions you may have about your legal rights and options. As you prepare to meet with us, you should do the following:

  • See a doctor – If you have not gone to the emergency room yet or seen your primary care doctor, do so without delay. In some cases, you may think your bicycle crash left you with only minor cuts, aches and pains. However, those could be signs of major injuries such as brain injury, soft tissue damage or internal organ injury. The sooner you get medical attention, the better – for your health and your case.
  • Gather and keep everything – Do not throw away or repair your bicycle, helmet or any gear you were wearing on the day of the crash. Keep any photos you may have taken of the crash scene and/or your injuries. Hold on to the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses. Additionally, keep all medical records, bills or insurance company letters related to your case.
  • Police Report – If you have a copy of the police report regarding your accident we would like to review it. You can contact the local law enforcement agency that prepared the crash report or go to the Texas Department of Transportation’s online purchase site. This report can play an important role in the investigation of your case. If you do not have a copy of the report we will be glad to obtain the report for you.
  • Do not give a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer – If you must report your bicycle accident to your own insurance company, then do so within the required time period – however, we prefer you speak with us before you do so. You do not have to speak with any other party’s insurer. In fact, anything you say could and most likely will be used against you. Never give a recorded statement to an insurer or accept a settlement offer from the insurer unless you have talked with an attorney first.
  • Call a lawyer – Most importantly, contact Tate Law Offices. Our consultation is free and we probably have some good ideas on how your case should be handled. We can deal with the insurance companies for you and make sure your rights are protected. We can also get to work immediately on investigating your bicycle accident case and pursue the compensation you deserve.

How Can a Lawyer Investigate Your Bicycle Accident?

When Tate Law Offices takes on your case, we will work hard to determine why your bicycle accident occurred and who should be held responsible for your physical, mental and financial harm.

As we have seen, bicycle accidents often are caused by the careless or reckless conduct of motorists. Although more people are using bikes today to get to school or work as well as for recreation, too many motorists in Plano and other areas of Texas fail to respect bicyclists’ rights and safety or just plain don’t see the bicycle rider.

Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Plano, TX

Car-bicycle collisions frequently are caused by:

  • Dangerous passing – A motorist may fail to leave a safe amount of space between the vehicle and bicycle. In turn, the vehicle may hit the bicyclist or run him or her off the road. In some cases, a motorist may intentionally “buzz” a bicyclist.
  • Left cross – When the motorist and bicyclist are approaching an intersection, the motorist may fail to yield the right of way and turn left into the bicyclist’s path.
  • Right hook – A motorist may make a right turn or lane change into the path of a bicyclist who is going in the same direction. The accident may be traced to the motorist’s failure to use a turn signal or to check mirrors and blind spots before turning.
  • Dooring – All too often, bicyclists are harmed by motorists who open the door of their parked vehicles into the bicyclists’ path.
  • Backup – Motorists frequently back their cars out of their home driveway and across the sidewalk or street area where a bicyclist was riding. They also tend to back out of commercial parking spaces into the bicyclist’s path.

Ultimately, the underlying cause of the car accident may be the fact that the motorist was speeding, driving while distracted, overly fatigued, not paying attention to blind spots, or impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Our investigative team at Tate Law Offices can study the police report, photos, witness statements, surveillance camera footage, cell phone records and physical evidence at the crash scene to determine the cause of your crash. We can also consult with accident reconstruction experts to determine why your accident occurred.

Compensation After a Bicycle Accident in Plano

A bicycle accident can result in devastating injuries – regardless of whether the bicyclist wore protective gear such as a helmet. These injuries can include cuts, friction burns, broken ribs and other fractures, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury.

Types of Damages After a Plano, Texas Bicycle Accident

Tate Law Offices will carefully prepare your case and seek a maximum financial recovery for your damages, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and decreased future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium and loss of services
  • Emotional distress
  • Physical impairment

We will turn to all available insurance coverage, including the at-fault driver’s liability insurance as well as coverage you may have purchased. For instance, if you were injured by a hit-and-run driver, your losses may be covered through your uninsured motorist (UM) coverage.

Under Texas law, you may be denied a recovery if you are found to be greater than 50 percent at fault for the accident. Otherwise, your recovery can be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.

Tate Law Offices will vigorously challenge any insurance company attempts to place undue blame for your bicycle accident on you.

Contact Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Plano at Tate Law Offices

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident caused by another person’s negligence, get help today from a bicycle accident lawyer at Tate Law Offices.

We can resolve many bicycle accident cases without the need to take a case to trial or even file a lawsuit. However, if your case goes to court, you can count on our skilled trial lawyers to fight for a top-dollar result for you. Our goal will always be to seek the maximum amount.

You can also count on Tate Law Offices to keep you updated throughout your case and to always be available to answer your questions.

To get started with a free consultation, call or connect with us online today. Serving Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. We can help car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, workers compensation, wrongful death, and much more.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.