Bicycle crashes are serious – they are so much worse than a car on car accidents. We know. We have handled hundreds of bike crashes and helped cyclists recover what they deserve after a crash.
As cyclists ourselves, we understand how important cycling is, and how devastating it can be to be hit on a bike and what it feels like to lose the ability or desire to ride. Our goal is to be the very best advocates for cyclists, get them a full recovery, and we work hard to help our clients get back up riding as soon as possible.
Once we get a case, we work with the police to get the facts and fault right, we guide you through medical treatment and billing, negotiate with insurance companies, and, when necessary, we file suit and go to trial to get you every penny you deserve.
We Are Advocates for All Cyclists
As Austin bike accident attorneys, we are advocates for all cyclists. That means commuters, racers, professionals, beginners, and advanced riders. If you ride a bicycle for any reason, for pleasure, for transportation, for sport, we advocate for your bicycling rights and safety.
We are here to protect you in the courtroom and on the road. By going after the inattentive drivers, the aggressive drivers, the texting drivers or the speeding driver who hit you, you send a message to other drivers and also insurance companies. You are saying we aren't going to take it anymore! Drivers and cyclists need to be mindful, drive carefully, and share the road. We both pay for it with tax dollars and we both need to obey the rules established on the road.
Was Your Bicycle Accident Caused by a Negligent Driver?
Austin is known as a vibrant and passionate cycling city. But as more and more people move to Austin, and as more and more distracted drivers clog the roads, cycling accidents are on the rise. With many Austin residents choosing to cycle to work or simply for pleasure, it comes as no surprise that bicycle accidents are a fairly common occurrence here. Sadly, many of these accidents are the result of negligence. All too often, motorists in cars, trucks, and other vehicles are on cell phones or texting and fail to notice or yield to bicyclists—with catastrophic consequences. Even with the proper safety gear, such as helmets and reflective clothing, bicyclists are relatively unprotected in the event of a collision. Because of this, they are the ones who suffer the brunt of the injuries. And because of the difference between a car and a cyclist, the injuries are often quite severe.
If you or your loved one were involved in a bicycle accident and you believe another party is at fault, contact Howry Breen & Herman for a free consultation. Our Austin bicycle accident attorneys can help you determine if another person or entity acted negligently and whether or not this negligence led to your injuries or the injuries or death of your loved one. With nearly 25 years of litigation experience, we are prepared to aggressively advocate for your rights throughout the legal process.
Our firm serves clients throughout Austin, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas. Call us at (512) 430-4844 or fill out a confidential contact form to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Who Is At-Fault for a Bicycle Accident?
Often times, insurance companies try to blame a cyclist for the accident. Under Texas comparative fault law, a bicyclist may recover compensation for their damages if they were no more than 50% at-fault for the accident. The at-fault percentage is decided by a jury if the matter proceeds to trial. For example, if the jury determines that a cyclist suffered $10,000 worth of damages, but was 30% at fault for the accident, the cyclist is entitled to recover $7,000 ($10,000 minus $3,000, or 30%).
To determine fault, the jury looks at specific circumstances involved in the accident. They will determine if the bicyclist, the motorist, or any other involved party acted negligently and, if so, to what degree they were responsible for the accident. While every situation is unique and it is therefore impossible to say exactly who was at fault for your accident, it is very common for a motorist to be mostly, or fully at fault. The cycling attorneys at Howry Breen & Herman have significant trial experience in handling complex issues involved in cycling accidents.
A bicycle accident may be the result of driver negligence if the motorist:
- Failed to yield to a cyclist who had the legal right-of-way
- Swerved, drifted or crossed into a designated bicycle lane
- Opened a car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist
- Made a right- or left-hand turn into an oncoming cyclist
- Failed to share the road with a bicyclist
Of course, not all bicycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Poorly maintained roads, defective bicycle design, and even untethered dogs can all cause bicycle crashes. Sometimes, cyclists may fail to follow the rules of the road, running stop signs or red lights, failing to use hand signals, or riding on the sidewalk. In such instances, they may be found partially at fault for the accident and therefore entitled to receive a percentage of the full amount for their damages. Our attorneys know how to handle those situations to help maximize the recovery for the cyclist.
What About Damage to My Bike?
If your bicycle is damaged our bicycle accident lawyers will assist you getting it repaired or replaced. We never charge you a fee to resolve your property damage. In addition, this part of your case can be handled right away; you do not wait for your injury claim to be resolved. You may be entitled to the replacement value of your bike, not “depreciated” value insurance companies will try to offer you.
Contact an Experienced Attorneys Today
Because of the many various factors involved, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced bicycle accident attorney in Austin if you were involved in a collision or cycling accident. These types of accidents often lead to extensive medical treatment and victims often have to take time off work to recover. In some cases, they are unable to return to work at all. In very severe cases, a bicyclist may be killed by a negligent motorist.
At Howry Breen & Herman, we help injured cyclists and their families fight for the full recovery they are owed. We can help you seek a fair recovery and financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, funeral costs, and other damages. No matter your unique situation, our firm is prepared to fight for you. Our attorneys are skilled trial attorneys who can aggressively advocate for you.
Get in touch with our team at (512) 430-4844 today. We offer free initial consultations.