What Legal Options Do You Have After a Bike Accident?

What Legal Options Do You Have After a Bike Accident?

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The Sloan Firm wants to maximize your financial recovery after you or a loved one gets into a bike accident. We know that you will need those funds to move on with your life. In order to secure those funds for you, we will turn to all available sources of compensation. In your case, those sources may include:

The at-fault driver’s liability insurance – If you get hit by a car while riding a bike, the negligent driver’s liability insurance should pay for your damages. Texas law requires drivers to carry this insurance. The driver should also pay for your bike damage and other property losses.
Your own insurance – We can review your own auto insurance policy, which can cover your losses in a bike accident. For instance, underinsured motorist (UIM) insurance can pay the difference between what the at-fault driver’s insurance pays and your total damages (or up to your policy’s limits). Unfortunately, many cyclists get injured by hit-and-run drivers. If this happened to you or a loved one, we can turn to your uninsured motorist (UM) policy.
Third-party claims – The at-fault driver may not be the only party responsible for your bike accident injuries. The driver’s employer, for instance, may be on the hook. If a drunk driver hit you, a store, bar or restaurant who sold alcohol to the driver could be held responsible.

What Compensation Can You Recover After a Bike Wreck?

Bike accident injuries can be life-changing. We often work with cyclists in East Texas who suffered severe injuries such as:

Traumatic brain injury

  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Multiple broken bones
  • Burns (or “road rash”)
  • Soft tissue injuries (typically in the knees, ankles and wrists).

The Sloan Firm knows how the costs of treating those injuries can be astronomical. We will review all of your medical records and consult with doctors, life-care planners and other experts in order to determine your past medical expenses and the costs of any future medical care that you or your loved one will need. We will seek a full recovery for all those expenses. Additionally, when we seek compensation for you after a bicycle accident, we will pursue damages that include:

  • Lost income and diminished future earning ability
  • Loss of services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of care and companionship.

If your loved one died in a bicycle accident, we will pursue all compensation available to you through a wrongful death claim. Those damages can cover funeral and burial costs and the loss of your loved one’s financial support.

Get Help Today from Our Texas Bike Accident Lawyer

The Sloan Firm often obtains settlements for clients who are hurt in bike accidents. We can obtain the settlement before a case goes to trial or even before a lawsuit needs to be filed. However, if a settlement offer does not meet your needs and goals, we will be prepared to go trial for you and fight for what you deserve.
At The Sloan Firm, our clients’ rights and interests are our top priority. When we work with you, we will get to know what is important to you and do everything we can to pursue your objectives. We see the person behind the injury. We want to make sure you get the funds you need to move on with your life.

To discuss your case in a free consultation and learn more about how our New Mexico and Texas bicycle accident lawyers can help you, get in touch with our team today.