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Bicycle Accident

Many of our Mesquite residents are bicyclists. Whether they hop on their bikes for the work commute, enjoy leisurely bicycle rides on the weekends, or are train for competitions, bicyclists are all over our roads.  Even when bicycle riders exercise safe biking practices by wearing a helmet, following the rules of the road, and operating with caution, they sometimes end up in bicycle accidents through no fault of their own. In 2017 there were more than 2,500 pedal cyclist injuries in Texas. Of those accidents, there were 57 fatalities and over 1,500 reported injuries. Bicycle injuries can be serious and life changing and if you were injured in a bicycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and damages.

Single bicycle accidents

Single bicycle accidents sometimes occur as a result of poorly maintained or dangerous conditions on public or private property and can result in serious injuries. Property owners are often liable for injuries sustained by people as a result of their poor maintenance and dangerous conditions. Common conditions causing single bicycle accidents include:

  • Potholes
  • Surface breaks
  • Snow, ice, or standing water accumulation
  • Unsecured or damaged sewer grates and manhole covers
  • Rocks, sand, and other debris on the road

These conditions and other dangerous road or parking lot conditions sometimes require a showing that the defendant knew or should have known about the condition and failed to remediate the danger. Previous complaints made to the property owner regarding the dangerous condition that caused the bicycle accident can be used as evidence that the defendant was aware of the dangerous condition yet failed to do anything about it.

Other types of bicycle accidents that often cause even greater injuries than single bicycle accidents, are bicycle/motor vehicle collisions. Helmets offer bicyclists’ some protection, but when met by a motor vehicle, bicyclists do not stand much of a chance of escaping injury as they have such little protection.  Some common bicycle/car accident scenarios are listed below.

  • A motor vehicle occupant opening a parked car door into the path of a bicyclist.
  • A Motor vehicle turning left in front of an oncoming bicyclist.
  • A motor vehicle turning right in front of a bicyclist’s path instead of properly merging into the bicyclist’s lane prior to turning.
  • A motor vehicle failing to yield to a bicyclist at an intersection.

At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we understand how devastating bicycle accident injuries can be to injured bicyclists and their loved ones. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Mesquite bicycle accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde. Our car accident team will review the facts of your case, interview witnesses, review accident reports, and discuss your injuries and damages to help you determine the value of your case. We are experienced at negotiating with insurance companies and if they offer unreasonable settlements that do not fairly compensate you and your loved ones, we will represent you at trial so that you may secure a full and fair financial recovery.

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