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Riding a bicycle to commute to work or class has become increasingly more popular throughout many cities in the U.S. Bicycles are great means of transportation and come with many benefits. Riding a bicycle is inexpensive, eco-friendly, can help you stay out of traffic, and provides healthy exercise. With oil prices going up and environmental awareness on our society’s mind, the number of cyclists on the road is likely to increase. However, riding a bicycle can be dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics there were 677 bicycle accident fatalities registered in 2011, accounting for more than 2% of all traffic fatalities, and another 48,000 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes. The number of actual crashes is likely to be even higher since minor incidents that don’t involve serious injuries are often not reported. Because a bicycle offers no protection and is often overlooked by motor vehicle drivers, pedal-cyclists are very vulnerable in traffic. When distracted or inattentive drivers crash their heavy vehicle into a cyclist, the consequences are often devastating.

Austin is one of the best cities in Texas for bicycling. Every day, hundreds of students and workers commute to classes and jobs on bicycles. Unfortunately, this also means that car, pedestrian and cycling accidents are a daily reality in our city.

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When you’re involved in a bicycle accident, you may suffer serious and debilitating injuries which could require surgery or rehabilitation. You might be stuck in the hospital for weeks or months, missing valuable working hours and racking up medical bills.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents are often caused by negligent car and truck drivers. Bicycle accidents can be caused by:

  • A driver’s inattentiveness when performing a maneuver
  • Driver distraction due to texting, eating, drinking or talking while driving
  • Aggressive driving (ignoring stop signs, running red lights, etc.)

Any of these dangerous driving behaviors can bring about a heap of trouble for a cyclist. Drivers who are quickly changing lanes to make a last minute turn without properly checking their mirrors can easily crash into cyclists on the road. Aggressive drivers who fail to completely stop at stop signs or weave through traffic without properly paying attention can dramatically alter or even end a cyclist’s life.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you may be able to retrieve compensation for damages related to the accident such as medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic costs.

Choose Colley Law Firm As Your Austin Bicycle Accident Attorney

Contrary to popular belief, most bicycle accidents are not caused by the cyclist, but by reckless and irresponsible driving. When you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and any pain or suffering you experienced.

At Colley & Colley, LLP our lead attorney Paul Colley has more than 30 years of experience as a personal injury attorney. He is board certified in personal injury trial law and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating of 5.0 (the highest rating possible).
The personal injury lawyers at Colley & Colley, LLP can help you win your bicycle accident, personal injury or wrongful death case caused by a negligent driver.

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Don’t wait to contact Colley & Colley, LLP. The longer you delay, the less likely we will be able to collect the evidence necessary to file suit. We take all of our cases on a contingency basis only, meaning that you don’t pay unless we win you compensation. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.

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