Resolute Fort Worth Lawyer Provides Aggressive Legal Support to People Harmed in Bicycle Accidents
Experienced law firm files personal injury and wrongful death claims for Texas clients
“Ghost bikes,” created as tributes to people killed in collisions while cycling, are somber reminders of the dangers associated with busy Texas streets. If you have been injured or your close family member was killed in a bicycle accident caused by a careless driver, the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. will fight diligently to pursue compensation for you. Our dedicated Fort Worth attorney has decades of experience holding drivers accountable when they cause negligent accidents that harm bicyclists and other roadway users.
What are common causes of bicycle accidents in Texas?
There are a variety of reasons for bicycle accidents. Some of the most common include:
- Aggressive drivers — Examples of aggressive driving include speeding near bicycles and refusing to give cyclists the right of way when warranted.
- Distracted drivers — Vehicle operators who text behind the wheel or otherwise do not pay attention to the road pose grave dangers to bicyclists.
- Drunk and/or drug-impaired drivers — Motorists who drive having consumed alcohol put bike riders at risk, even sometimes when their blood-concentration is below the .08 percent legal intoxication level. Drivers who use marijuana or other drugs also cause bicycle accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities.
Additionally, when there is a lack of dedicated bicycle lanes, it forces cyclists to compete with cars for space, increasing the likelihood of bicyclists getting hurt. Road construction, potholes, sewer grates and other hazardous conditions also help cause accidents. Whether a distracted driver hit you or a public agency did not properly maintain the roadway on which you crashed, our law firm will work to prove liability and get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
Why the risk of injury is high in accidents between cars and bicycles
In car accidents and crashes with other types of motor vehicles, bicyclists almost always bear the brunt of injuries. Besides being greatly outweighed by cars and other vehicles, bicycles do not have any physical structure protecting them or safety features, such as air bags, that reduce injuries. For these reasons, bicyclists face a very high risk of serious harm when involved in an accident with a car or truck. Types of injuries often arising from cycling accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Fatal injuries are also not uncommon in bicycle accidents. If you were seriously hurt or lost your spouse, child or parent in an accident caused by the negligence of another person or entity, we can advise you about filing a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit that can hold the at-fault party accountable.
Contact a committed Fort Worth bicycle accident attorney for help with your legal claim
At the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. in North Texas, we seek to hold people and entities accountable when their actions cause accidents that injure bicyclists throughout the Fort Worth area. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at 817-332-7676 or contact us online.