With over 115 cycling routes, San Angelo is a great place for cyclists to explore. Though many people here in San Angelo ride bikes as a form of transportation and exercise, and for good reason, the truth is that cycling isn’t always safe. When cyclists are involved in collisions with other motorists, they are often critically injured. Helmets, as well as knee and elbow pads, do afford some protection and, of course, are recommended, the truth is, they do little to protect a cyclist from an oncoming motor vehicle. If you were hurt as a cyclist, you can turn to a San Angelo bicycle accident lawyer from The Mathis Law Firm to help you fight for the compensation you need to heal.
Should I Hire a Bicycle Accident Lawyer?
Anyone who has been hurt as the result of another’s negligence should absolutely hire a seasoned San Angelo, Texas auto accident lawyer who has experience handling these claims. Insurance companies aren’t on your side, and will likely do what they can to limit the compensation you receive–it’s their job to do so. That said, it’s our job to maximize your potential compensation, and we know the ins and outs of dealing with insurance companies, and, if necessary, taking our clients’ cases to trial.
Bicycle Collisions in San Angelo
Injuries to cyclists can occur for a wide range of reasons, such as faulty bike parts, dangerous road or bike trail conditions, impaired visibility, and more. However, the most serious injuries to cyclists typically occur when they’re involved in collisions with motor vehicles. Both cyclists and motorists have to obey the rules and regulations of the road, and when they fail to do so, serious crashes can happen. Some examples of driver negligence that frequently lead to severe injuries to cyclists are as follows:
- Opening car doors into passing cyclists
- Trying to overtake cyclists unsafely
- Driving while distracted or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to cyclists
- Making left turns into the paths of oncoming cyclists
- Failing to safely share the road with cyclists
- Driving in bike lanes
If you were hurt by a driver who was doing any of the aforementioned, there’s a strong chance you’ll have a valid personal injury claim. Our legal team is here to help you satisfy the burden of proof.
The Burden of Proof
Essentially, “satisfying the burden of proof” means proving that you, a cyclist, were injured as a direct result of another party, typically a careless motorist. To fulfill the burden of proof, we’ll need to gather and present a wide range of evidence, including the following:
- Pictures or videos of the incident/its aftermath
- A copy of the police accident report
- Copies of medical documentation regarding your injuries
- Witness statements
As a cyclist, you should strongly consider wearing a GoPro or another type of hands-free camera at all times, as recorded footage of your crash as it happened may prove invaluable when seeking financial compensation in your personal injury claim.
Don’t Wait–Contact a TX Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
The Mathis Law Firm is a staunch legal advocate for all injured cyclists here in the state of Texas, and if you’ve been hurt, you can depend on us to fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with our skilled legal team.