It is estimated that some four million Texans use bicycles for recreation and transportation every year. A bicycle ride is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy a sunny Texas day, but as every cyclist knows, there is inherent danger in sharing the road with cars and trucks. Hundreds of bike riders are killed every year in traffic collisions, and thousands more suffer serious injuries. Frequently, a bicycle-car collision is the fault of an inattentive motorist. In these cases, a bicycle accident lawsuit, filed with the help of Austin attorneys Nick Reed and Michael Ely, is often the best way to achieve justice. The personal injury law firm of Ely & Reed has helped many bicyclists and families who have been victims of accidents. If your family has been impacted by a bicycle accident, contact the attorneys at Ely & Reed for a free consultation today.
About Bike Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 726 pedalcyclists* were killed and 49,000 were injured in 2012 traffic collisions. These incidents involved motor vehicles, most often occurring in urban areas. Almost one-third of bike injury accidents happen when the cyclist is struck by a car or truck. Motor vehicle drivers don’t often watch for bikes on the road, and may be distracted by cell phones or impaired by alcohol.
Many cities have recently enacted 3-foot safe passing laws to help protect bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. This ordinance says cars and small trucks must maintain a 3-foot distance when passing a bicycle, and violators are breaking traffic laws. When a safety law is broken, negligence is implied.
What to Do if You Are in an Accident
Attempts are often made to blame the cyclist for a road accident. Insurance companies do all they can to divert liability from their insured party, and look for ways to avoid payment or settle for a small sum.
If you or a family member is in a bike accident, some important steps to take include:
- Get medical attention for an injured victim immediately.
- Exchange information, but don’t talk to an insurance representative before speaking to an attorney.
- Document evidence with pictures, if possible.
- Obtain contact information from any and all witnesses to the accident.
How Ely & Reed Can Help
Michael Ely and Nick Reed have more than a decade of experience working on personal injury cases. We have both spent time working on the defense side as well, so we are familiar with the way insurance companies proceed in personal injury defense. We offer valuable legal guidance to our clients, and will aggressively advocate for you while you concentrate on healing and rebuilding your life.
Our experienced attorneys will work hard to attain your best possible settlement or jury verdict. We are dedicated to assisting plaintiffs who suffer because of the actions of negligent parties. Our past results have resulted in satisfied clients.
At Ely & Reed, we offer a free consultation and work on a contingency basis. This means, you will pay no attorney fees or costs unless we have secured a monetary settlement or jury award on your behalf. If you are in a bike accident, we are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to meet you at the scene. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.
*Includes tricycles and unicycles