Austin Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Providing Personalized & Results-Driven Representation
Bicycle accidents happen in Austin all the time, especially in the high traffic areas, like in the dreaded “Doughnut of Danger.” There were 50 bicycle-crash related fatalities in Texas in 2015 alone, putting the state in third place for the highest number in the nation. As a bustling metropolitan area, vehicles and bicycles on the same roadways often cross paths. When unsafe road conditions and negligent drivers collide with bicycles, the injuries can be devastating.
At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we represent injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed in bicycle accidents. These incidents occur all too often as a result of negligence. Our Austin bicycle accident attorneys strive to hold negligent parties accountable and seek the maximum recovery you are owed.
Call (512) 400-3278 for a free consultation. If we don’t win your case, you won’t pay!
Common Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries
Bicycle accidents can cause some of the most serious and life-threatening injuries of any vehicle crash. Bicyclists do not have the protection that occupants of a motor vehicle have, so they always sustain much worse injuries. While wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce a bicyclist’s risk of sustaining a traumatic head or brain injury, it does not prevent catastrophic injuries from occurring.
The six most common types of bicycle-related injuries include:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Traumatic head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial and dental fractures
- Injuries to the chest and abdomen
If a bicyclist falls under a vehicle in a collision, his or her injuries will most likely be fatal. Nonfatal injuries can still result in temporary or permanent disability, including cognitive issues and physical impairments. Injured bikers may never fully recover from the accident, and they may suffer paralysis or other disabling conditions that keep them from returning to work. The majority of these accidents are 100% preventable.
Driver Negligence & Bicycle Accidents
The majority of bicycle accidents result from collisions with motor vehicles. Bicyclists can be difficult to see, and drivers do not always pay attention to the road. A distracted driver only has to take his or her eyes away from the road for a few seconds to strike a bicyclist or pedestrian. Drivers and bicyclists have a duty to obey the rules of the road and pay attention while driving. When a vehicle driver does not see a bicyclist, fails to yield at a crosswalk, follows too closely to a bike, or otherwise drives negligently, the victim of an accident may be eligible for compensation.
An Austin bicycle accident attorney will be able to investigate the crash and tell the victim if he or she has a personal injury case. To have grounds for a lawsuit in Texas, the bicyclist must prove that the driver was negligent, and this negligence caused the crash. Texas’s comparative negligence laws state that the courts can reduce the victim’s compensation if the plaintiff was partly at fault for an accident. If, for example, you were riding a bike and used a crosswalk without waiting for the signal and a distracted driver (who reasonably could have prevented the accident) hits you, the courts may find you both at fault. You may be 10% at fault for the accident for failing to wait for the signal before crossing, while the driver is 90% responsible for not paying attention to the road. The courts would reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault. In this case, you would receive $9,000 from a $10,000 settlement. Our state’s comparative fault rules make it important to hire a competent lawyer to assist you with your case.
Choose the Experienced Bike Accident Attorneys at Briggle & Polan, PLLC
Millions of Texans ride bicycles every year, putting themselves in danger at the hands of careless drivers. The Austin bicycle accident attorneys at Briggle & Polan, PLLC serve citizens in Austin and the surrounding areas who have been victims in bicycle crashes. Our experienced trial lawyers know how life-changing a serious accident can be, and we understand the intense medical treatments necessary to fully recover. We are passionate about defending the rights of those who sustained terrible injuries in avoidable accidents, and we provide dedicated, aggressive representation. Our approach has helped us secure millions on behalf of injured cyclists.
If a negligent party caused your bicycle accident, contact our team for legal assistance. Call us at (512) 400-3278 for a free consultation! Se habla español.
I very much appreciate all their hard work and will be happy to refer to them should the need come up for friends.- Sandi
I couldn’t be happier with the services they provided.- Emily
I felt really taken care of, have and will continue to refer to my friends.- Patrick
They got me the help I? needed within a few days of hiring them.- Karina
Briggle and Polan were phenomenal.- Tiffany
$1.5 Million Work Accident Caused Brain Injury
Our client was thrown off the back of a work truck, which fractured his skull and caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury. *Net proceeds to the client were $900,052.11.
$1.3 Million Hit By Drunk Driver
Our client was run over by a drunk driver operating a company truck late at night which required multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. *Net proceeds to our client were $571,000.00.
$1 Million Rear-End Collision Resolved
Our client was rear-ended by an insurance adjuster in a commercial vehicle causing severe back and neck injuries. *Net to the client was $346,766.03.
$450 Thousand DWI Wreck Resolved
Our client was rear-ended by a drunk driver, which injured his back and neck. *Net proceeds to the client were $229,040.12.
$450 Thousand 18 Wheeler Rollover Resolved
Our client was an employee working for a company in Montana when he was injured in a rollover collision with an 18-wheeler. *Net to the client was $214,573.81.
$400 Thousand Defective Tire Case With Co-Counsel
A man driving a cement truck was injured when his tire blew out and the cement truck rolled over. *Net to the client was $123,916.22.
$350 Thousand Distracted Driver Accident
Our client suffered a ruptured abdomen after being violently rear-ended by a distracted driver. *Net proceeds to the client was $134,418.06.
$295 Thousand 18-Wheeler Accident
Our client was sideswiped by the driver of an 18-wheeler, causing his vehicle to fly off the road and strike a telephone pole. *The net proceeds to the client were $127,018.03.
$285 Thousand 18-Wheeler Accident
Our client was hit by an 18-wheeler when it made an unsafe lane change, suffering a low-back injury. *Attorney fees & expenses were $126,436.47
$283.7 Thousand T-Boned in Intersection
Our client was involved in a car accident in Las Cruces, New Mexico and severely injured her arm in the crash. *Net proceeds to our client were $123,133.07.