The Will Adams Law Firm has helped countless riders harmed by the negligence of careless, distracted and even aggressive drivers get the full and fair compensation they were owed. Whether a vehicle passed when unsafe, turned suddenly across your face, or refused to share the road with you properly, there is simply no excuse for taking your safety for granted. Texas law gives you the same rights and protections as any other vehicle on the roadways, and you are entitled to be treated with respect and care while enjoying this healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a bicycle accident in Texas? Will Adams Law Firm understands how to handle bike accident cases and we are ready to put our experience to work for you. When a reckless or negligent act causes you harm, don’t trust your case to just any lawyer. Turn to a team that has the right knowledge and resources to help you win your case and get back on your feet. Call (800) 559-0593 or fill out an online contact form to have our Katy bicycle accident attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Chances are good that you will be contacted soon after your accident by the insurance company for the negligent driver. In most cases, the representative who contacts you will express concern about your condition and promise to make everything right. The agent will usually offer you a proposed settlement to resolve your case and encourage you not to speak to an attorney. They might say something about how this will allow you to keep more money for yourself.
These tactics are designed to help insurers quickly close the cases of the most desperate victims at a fraction of the possible value. This is because most initial settlement offers are lowball offers. You should know that whatever an insurance company is offering you, you are likely entitled to far more.
A lawyer will be able to conduct an independent investigation of your crash to determine the cause and collect important evidence. The attorney can accurately gauge the true value of your case and then negotiate with an insurance company for a fair and full settlement. They can protect you from accidentally making statements that damage your claim, and ensure you don’t accept an offer that is too low.
Will Adams Law Firm has more than a quarter-century of legal experience handling personal injury cases. H Texas Magazine named our firm Houston’s Top Lawyers for Personal Injury and Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People.
Will Adams is Double Board Certified and has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Tad Adams has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence.
You should also know that Adams Law Firm represents all clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not be charged anything until you recover a monetary award.
Every bicycle accident is different, but certain kinds of crashes are more common than others. Some of the most frequent types of bicycle collisions include, but are not limited to:
If you were injured in a bicycle accident involving these or other factors, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Will Adams Law Firm can help you recover compensation for harms and expenses such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, lost earning capacity, disability, disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Furthermore, if your loved one was tragically killed in a bicycle accident, Will Adams Law Firm can help you file a wrongful death claim. This claim allows certain specific family members to recover financial compensation for final expenses, as well as lost support and lost income.
Bicycle accident lawsuits can be overwhelming, and many potential claimants have numerous questions about the process. Some of the most common questions we hear at our office include the following.
As the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) notes, Texas Transportation Code § 551.101 states that a person operating a bicycle has all of the rights and duties applicable to a driver operating a motor vehicle. A bicycle operated at night is required to have a headlamp capable of emitting a light visible from least 500 feet in front of the bicycle and either a red reflector visible from a distance of 300 feet from the rear of the bicycle, or a red lamp visible from a distance of 500 feet from the rear of the bicycle. A person operating a bicycle moving slower than traffic should ride as close to the right curb or edge of the roadway as possible. A bicyclist cannot carry any object that prevents them from keeping a least one hand on the handlebars. Bicyclists must use hand signals to signal their intent to stop, turn left, or turn right. A stop signal involves extending your left hand and turning your forearm downward, a left turn involves extending your left hand and arm horizontally, and a right turn involved extending your left arm and turning your forearm up or extending the right arm horizontally.
Yes. Texas is considered a modified comparative fault state, which means each party is held responsible for a share of damages according to their respective percentages of fault. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.001 refers to this as proportionate responsibility and states that a claimant cannot recover damages when their percentage of responsibility is greater than 50 percent. In all other cases, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 33.012 establishes that the court must reduce the amount of damages to be recovered by the claimant by a percentage equal to the claimant’s percentage of responsibility. This means that a person who is awarded $100,000 in a bicycle accident case but is found to have been 10 percent at fault would have their damages reduced by $10,000 and ultimately recover $90,000.
If you are ever involved in a bicycle crash, your first step should always be to seek medical care. This is true even when you do not think you were hurt. Some injuries might not display immediate symptoms and insurance companies routinely question the severity of injuries if treatment is delayed. You should also try to preserve as much evidence as possible from your crash. Take multiple pictures of your accident scene from various angles and distances. Get the names and phone numbers of any people who saw your crash. If you are unable to do this because of a need for immediate medical attention, ask a friend or family member to do this on your behalf as soon as possible. Finally, make sure you contact a personal injury attorney before speaking to any insurance company.
The TxDOT website Share the Road Texas reported that 50 percent of bicyclist fatalities in the past five years occurred in the dark and 59 percent of bicyclist fatalities and injuries involved people under 25 years of age. According to Share the Road, 70 percent of the fatalities occurred at non-intersections and 54 percent of fatalities occurred on interstates, U.S. highways, state highways, county roads, and farm to market (FM) roads.
Share the Road reported that there were 12,789 crashes in Texas involving bicycles from 2007 to 2012, resulting in 12,132 injuries and 297 fatalities. Harris County had the highest number of injuries of any county with 1,149 and also had far and away the most fatalities with 46, but Brazoria County, Galveston County, and Montgomery County were three other Houston-area counties in the top 10, with five fatalities each. Harris County also had the highest number of crashes, with 2,493.
More than 27 percent of bicyclists involved in crashes were younger than 15 years of age and another 25 percent were between 15 and 24 years of age, according to Share the Road. Males accounted for 81 percent of bicycle crash victims from 2007 to 2012.
According to TxDOT, 57 bicyclists were killed in 57 fatal crashes in 2017. Bicyclists suffered 334 suspected serious injuries in 329 serious crashes, there were 1,231 non-incapacitating injuries in 1,219 crashes, 917 possible injuries in 907 crashes, and 26 unknown injuries in two unknown severity crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the 65 bicyclist fatalities in Texas in 2016 were only fewer than California (147) and Florida (138). According to NHTSA, 297 fatalities involved passenger cars, 334 involved light trucks, 120 involved sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), 164 involved pickups, 45 involved vans, 85 involved large trucks, 12 involved buses, five involved other or unknown light trucks, and 72 involved other or unknown vehicles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,000 bicyclists in the United States died in 2015 and almost 467,000 people suffered bicycle-related injuries. The CDC also reported that 2010 data showed that lifetime medical costs and productivity losses for fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists were $10 billion.
If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident in Texas, do not wait to get help with your injury claim. An experienced attorney will know how to handle your case and help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Adams Law Firm was recognized as Business of the Year for 2012 by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. You can have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (800) 559-0593 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.