Waco Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Waco has always been a popular city with cyclists. However, Waco city roads aren’t a particularly safe place to ride a bike. Bicycle accidents happen in Waco all the time. Many times, these accidents happen because drivers of larger vehicles are distracted or simply in too much of a hurry.
You don’t have to struggle with the costs of a Waco bicycle accident on your own. If someone else is responsible for the collision, you have the right to demand compensation. The experienced legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP can help you recover every penny you deserve. Contact our Waco law office today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.
Why Should I Hire a Waco Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
When you ride a bike, you have very little to protect you if you’re involved in an accident. You are much more likely than the passenger of a vehicle to sustain severe or fatal injuries. These injuries can be painful and debilitating. You’ll need time to recover and get back on your feet. The last thing you need to do is divert your attention to a complicated legal claim.
When you hire Lorenz & Lorenz to handle your bicycle accident case, you’ll have time to focus on getting better. You’ll also put yourself in the best position to maximize your financial award.
Here’s what you can expect when you trust our Waco personal injury attorneys to handle your case. We will:
- Investigate your accident and determine every possible cause
- Identify anyone who may have contributed to your crash
- Pursue compensation from anyone who played a role in causing your bike accident and injury
- Protect you when others try to shift some or all of the blame to you
- Consult with experts to make sure your damages are calculated properly
- Force insurance companies to offer you a fair settlement
- Take your case to court if you’re dissatisfied with the offers you receive.
Our goal is to make sure that you’re fully compensated for your injuries and suffering after your Waco bicycle accident. We won’t stop until you’ve been awarded every dollar you need and deserve. Call our law office to get started today.
Waco Considering New Bicycle Infrastructure to Combat Accidents
The Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau says that the city “has long been a favorite of cycling enthusiasts.” Despite its popularity, Waco currently only has 7.25 miles of striped bike lanes. There are no dedicated, protected bike lanes anywhere in the city. While there are off-road trails and paths, many bicyclists are often forced to share the road with larger vehicles. This puts bicyclists in serious danger.
In response to a rising number of bicycle accidents across the city, Waco officials have announced plans to add dedicated bicycle infrastructure to its roads. The city’s Active Transportation Plan discusses existing bicycle safety infrastructure and proposed plans to make the road safer for cyclists. These plans include new protected bike lanes, designated bicycle parking, and better lighting. Why are these new initiatives necessary? Waco has seen an increase in accidents involving bicyclists in recent years.
Waco Bicycle Accident Statistics
Between 2010 and 2017, there were 172 reported bicycle accidents in Waco. More than two-thirds of these bike accidents resulted in a serious injury. A total of two crashes, or 1.2 percent, were fatal.
The total number of bicycle accidents was not evenly distributed throughout the eight-year period. In 2010, there were 18 reported crashes. By 2016, there were 26 bicycle accidents in Waco. While there was a slight decline in 2017, experts believe the accidents will continue to trend upward.
Bicyclists More Likely to Sustain Serious Injury, Die in Crash
In an accident, bicyclists in Waco are much more likely to suffer serious injuries than passengers in vehicles. In fact, statistics reveal that bicyclists are 4.3 times more likely to sustain a severe or debilitating injury. Bicyclists in Waco are also 1.8 times more likely to die in an accident.
When and Where Do Waco Bicycle Accidents Happen?
You might think that bicycle accidents happen most during the summer months. However, statistics reveal that Waco bicycle crashes tend to peak during the month of October. March and June also tend to see a spike in reported bicycle accidents.
The majority of bike accidents in Waco happen between the hours of noon and midnight. The hours between 3 PM and 6 PM tend to be particularly dangerous. The least number of crashes occur in the very early morning hours, between 3 AM and 6 AM.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Waco
Bicycle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Many times, drivers of larger vehicles are to blame. Common causes of bike accidents in Waco, TX include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Racing through intersections
- Making unsafe or illegal turns
- Failing to look for bicyclists in nearby lanes
- Fatigued driving, and
- Drunk driving.
Other causes can include dangerous road conditions, poor lighting, environmental factors, and defective equipment.
Common Waco Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents can cause many severe and debilitating injuries, including:
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Crushing injury
- Degloving injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Paralysis, and
- Wrongful death.
Do not hesitate to contact our experienced Texas bicycle accident lawyers for help getting the money you deserve. Your initial consultation is free, so please call today.
What If I Share Some of the Blame For My Waco Bike Accident?
Sometimes several factors can contribute to a bicycle accident. What if you are partly to blame for the crash that caused your injury? You may still be able to recover compensation, as long as someone else also shares fault.
Texas is a modified comparative fault state. You can get compensation as long as you aren’t primarily responsible for the accident. The bar to recovery is 51 percent. So, you can successfully recover damages as long as you share no more than 49 percent of the blame.
Example: You’re allocated 30 percent of the blame for a Waco bicycle accident because you were texting at the time of the crash. The driver who hit you is 70 percent at fault. If you sustained $100,000 in damages, you’ll be able to recover up to $70,000, or 70 percent. Your award will be reduced by your degree of fault.
It’s important to understand that you can also be partly liable for other victims’ damages. If you’re 30 percent at fault, you can be on the hook for 30 percent of another victim’s damages.
You need an attorney who knows how to minimize your role in a Waco bicycle accident. The less fault you’re allocated, the more money you’ll ultimately be able to recover. Call Lorenz & Lorenz for immediate assistance.
Statute of Limitations for Waco Bicycle Accident Claims
You risk losing your right to recover compensation if you wait too long to assert your rights. The statute of limitations in most bicycle accident cases is two years. You must file your claim no later than two years from the date of your accident to get the money you deserve.
Call Our Waco Bicycle Accident Lawyers For Help
Are you struggling with a painful injury because you were involved in a Waco bicycle accident? Contact the experienced legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz for assistance. We’ll help you demand compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We’ll get you the money you deserve, and get it fast.
Your first consultation is free, so call our Waco law firm to schedule yours today. Our skilled attorneys will review your case, explain your rights, and answer the questions you might have.