Our Experienced Austin Bicycle Accident Attorneys Have Answers To Your Questions; Let Us Help

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Growing concerns over climate change and global warming are leading many people to consider alternative means of transportation. Besides benefiting the environment, alternative means of transportation like walking and biking are great ways to stay healthy and physically active.

Although you won’t have to worry about sitting in traffic, you will have to take extra precautions when walking or biking on busy streets. The increased amount of pedestrians and cyclists on the road, happens to raise the probability of a collision between cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles, which is important to be aware of.

Seek Legal Representation

Whether your accident is caused by driver negligence, a malfunctioning sign, or a defective automobile or bicycle part, experienced pedestrian or bicycle accident attorneys can assist you with the many important and sometimes difficult tasks needed to protect your interests.  It’s important your case is thoroughly investigated so critical evidence necessary for you and your loved ones to bring an effective claim against the responsible party or parties is preserved. In any case where a government or corporate entity can be held liable, it may prove extremely difficult and costly for individuals and their families to see the litigation through far enough to recover the compensation that they deserve. It can be easy for large corporations and governments to settle with individuals and families who wish to bring personal injury lawsuits against them.

These types of cases often involve substantial financial settlements for the victims of the accident. To ensure that individuals and families receive the fair compensation that they deserve, it is necessary to employ legal representation to assist in their case. The professional and cordial legal representatives at the McMinn Law Firm are experienced in bike accident and pedestrian injury claims, and can aggressively assert your individual rights against all parties found to be negligent in your case. We provide free consultations and are happy to send our representatives to your home or to visit you and your family in the hospital. We strive to make personal connections and work diligently to help you and your family understand the complexities of your case so that we can best serve you and your interests.

How Often Do Serious Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents Occur?

Due to the limited level of protection cyclists and pedestrians have on the street, they have a greater risk of injury if a collision with a motorized vehicle occurs. It is estimated that 69,000 pedestrians were injured in collisions with bicycles and motorized vehicles in 2011. In 2010, over 4,000 pedestrians were fatally injured in traffic accidents. Here in Austin, there has been an average of 315 bicycle collisions every year, for the last five years. Over 88 percent of those collisions resulted in either minor or serious injuries. These collisions can result in serious injuries such as:

  • Road rash
  • Broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Head trauma
  • Traumatic brain injury

These statistics highlight the dangers of biking or walking near roadways where motorized vehicles are often traveling at excessive speeds. They also illustrate the costly nature of bicycle and pedestrian accidents. In the unfortunate circumstance that you or a loved one is injured while using a crosswalk or the victim of a hit and run accident, you should seek immediate legal representation to assist you in receiving fair compensation.

The highly skilled and friendly representatives at the McMinn Law Firm have years of experience tackling claims related to bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Their experience and knowledge will help you to  understand the complexities of a personal injury claim related to a bicycle or pedestrian accident. Most importantly, you can trust the attorneys at the McMinn Law firm to handle your case and get you the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one is injured.

Accidents involving motorized vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles can be caused by many different factors. Here are a few that you should familiarize yourself with:

Driver Negligence

This is perhaps the most common theme pursued in personal injury claims brought by bicyclists or pedestrians. If it can be proved that the driver of the motorized vehicle was distracted, you can move to file a claim against them to receive compensation for losses or injuries incurred in the accident. Drivers can be distracted by the sun in their eyes, food or drinks spilled in their car, texting or talking on the phone while driving, and many other potential distractions. The difficulty arises in proving that the operator of the motorized vehicle was, indeed, distracted. This is where the experienced legal team at the McMinn Law Firm can be of considerable assistance.

Malfunctioning Signs

A malfunctioning traffic light or obstructed stop sign can also result in a collision between a motorized vehicle and a pedestrian or cyclist. If it is determined that a malfunctioning traffic sign was at fault for the collision, the state, local, or national government entity responsible for maintaining the safety of the roadway may be found liable for any injuries or fatalities that occur. Once again, the establishment of proof and procurement of evidence to bring a claim against any party will require professional representation such as that offered by the McMinn Law Firm.

Defective Automobile or Bike Part

The fault for a bicycle or pedestrian accident may be placed on the automobile or bicycle manufacturer. This case will only be considered if it can be established that a specific bicycle or automobile part was defective upon assembly of the vehicle. Bringing a claim against a corporate manufacturer can prove incredibly difficult and expensive for individuals or families. Most corporations employ extensive legal teams to specifically avoid this type of litigation. The experienced investigative team at the McMinn Law Firm can assist in seeking fair compensation for any injuries or losses that occur as a result of a defective automobile or bicycle part.

Feel free to contact us with any inquiries or questions you have in regards to any other cases we have experience representing.