Bicycles serve as an important means of transportation for many people. In highly populated areas, people that choose to commute using a bicycle are able to avoid traffic, remain physically active, and reduce carbon emissions. Unfortunately, though they are a convenient resource for a number of reasons, bicycles can put riders at an increased risk of physical injury or even death. Though careless drivers are a threat to everyone on the road, they pose an increased risk to cyclists and pedestrians. Our Austin personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., understand that Austin cyclists can easily experience physical injuries and property damage when drivers are inattentive to their surroundings, and we are here to provide injured cyclists with the representation they need.
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COMMON CAUSES OF BICYCLE ACCIDENTS
Though there are numerous possible causes of bicycle accidents, they are usually caused by the carelessness of the drivers that commute alongside cyclists.
Bicycle accidents most commonly occur when drivers:
- Fail to yield the right-of-way
- Swerve into bike lanes
- Fail to use rear-view mirrors
- Fail to use turn signals
- Run red lights or stop signs
- Drive under the influence
- Drive distracted
Although these are the most common causes of bicycle accidents, there are many other ways that cyclists can be harmed. The inconvenience that physical injuries pose to cyclists can be devastating. In the event that a cyclist sustains injuries because of someone else’s negligence, the responsible party should be held accountable.
WHAT TYPE OF COMPENSATION CAN I GET AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT?
Bicycle accidents tend to result in some of the most severe, even catastrophic injuries. For injured cyclists, this means extensive medical treatment, weeks or even months off work, and significant pain and suffering. A bicycle crash can also cause massive damage to your bike, resulting in hundreds or, in some cases, thousands of dollars in repairs. You’re also likely to deal with a considerable degree of trauma, as bicycle accidents are incredibly frightening events; you could find yourself hesitant to get back out on your bike and enjoy something you once loved, even after you have healed.
While every case is different, and the exact type of compensation you could receive will depend on the unique factors involved in your case—including the nature and severity of your injuries, how much time you have to take off work, how damaged your bicycle is, and more—many injured cyclists are able to file personal injury claims and seek compensation for specific damages.
These damages often include:
- The cost of emergency medical treatment
- Surgeries and other care costs
- Medications and/or medical devices
- Medical equipment
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Modifications to your home
- Counseling and other mental health services
- Lost wages/income
- Lost future earnings
- Lost or reduced earning capacity (disability)
- Loss of quality of life/enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and related issues
Our Austin bicycle accident attorneys can conduct an exhaustive investigation into the cause of your accident and its immediate and ongoing impact on your life. From there, we can build a comprehensive case aimed at securing the maximum compensation you deserve for all of the damages you have endured and the challenges you still face.
TURN TO THE LAW OFFICES OF VIC FEAZELL, P.C. FOR RELIABLE LEGAL COUNSEL
Our Austin bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., understand that many individuals rely on cycling as their primary form of transportation. Cyclists that sustain serious physical injuries are often subject to expensive hospital bills. Additionally, even after recovery, a serious bicycle accident can prevent victims from enjoying their previous quality of life.
If you have been injured by the carelessness of a driver, learn more about your legal options today by calling (254) 938-6885.
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