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Bicycle Accident

Fort Worth is a great city for bicycle enthusiasts. Besides its excellent bicycle riding climate, Fort Worth is full of parks, trails, and attractions throughout the city that make for great bicycle riding paths and destinations. Unfortunately, bicycle riding comes with bicycle accident risks. You can reduce your accident and injury risks by abiding by bicycle laws, exercising due caution and care, and wearing a helmet and other safety gear, but accidents caused by someone else’s fault are sometimes unavoidable.

Most common bicycle accidents

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the three most common bicycle/motor vehicle accident scenarios are detailed below:

  • When a motor vehicle turns left in front of oncoming bicycle traffic. This may be due to a driver’s speed and distance judgment error or a driver not seeing the bicycle.
  • A motor vehicle turns right across the path of a bicycle effectively cutting the bicyclist off. A motor vehicle should actually slow and merge into bicycle traffic before turning.
  • A motor vehicle stops at a stop sign and then proceeds into the intersection while failing to yield to a bicycle’s cross traffic right of way.

Other common bicycle accidents

Bicycle accidents do not always involve motor vehicles. Other common bicycle accidents occur for reasons such as poorly maintained roads, hazardous road conditions such as gravel or ice, and a sudden appearance, such as an animal, person, or opened car door. Listed below are effective ways to keep yourself safer when you are riding your bicycle:

  • Ride to the right side of the road with traffic and obey all traffic laws.
  • Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing.
  • Make sure your bicycle has lights and reflectors.
  • Obey traffic lights and signs.
  • Keep your bicycle properly maintained.
  • Maintain awareness on the road at all times, especially be aware of cars approaching from behind.
  • Be sure you are looking far enough ahead that you are able to see road obstructions and hazards.

Accident investigation

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, contact Fort Worth bicycle accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case and conduct an investigation to gather evidence that supports your case. We will talk to witnesses, find and obtain any existing video of the accident, and explore conditions that may have caused the accident such as poor road maintenance. If your accident involved a driver for hire such as a cab or rideshare, we will investigate further into time logs and regulations compliance.

If you are contacted by any insurance companies, be sure to understand that they are looking to use anything you say as an admission of fault or they may attempt to settle the case for as little as possible, an amount that does not fully compensate you for your injuries. We will help you explore all of your damages and injuries to determine an amount that will fully compensate you and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. The Fort Worth bicycle accident team at The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde is ready to be your advocate and make sure that any settlement you accept is fair and appropriate.

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