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TX bike accident lawyerIn addition to allowing someone to enjoy the warm weather Texas offers nearly all year round, riding a bicycle instead of driving a car goes a long way toward reducing a cyclist’s carbon footprint and protecting the environment. Additionally, people who cycle to work, school, or other obligations tend to be in better physical and emotional health.

Unfortunately, riding a bike instead of driving is not without its risks. Careless drivers often do not check for cyclists in the road and cut off cyclists, open their doors into a cyclist’s path, or pull out in front of cyclists, putting the cyclist in danger of serious injury or death. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a bicycle crash with a motor vehicle of any kind, it is essential to understand your legal options for seeking financial compensation to aid in your recovery.

Can a Bike Rider Sue a Car that Hit Them?

In most cases, vehicles are responsible for yielding the right-of-way to bicyclists. Cyclists are required to follow the rules of the road, just like drivers, but when a cyclist needs to slow down, stop, travel slower than motor vehicle traffic, or make a turn, cars and other vehicles are responsible for granting the right of way and keeping the cyclist safe.

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TX car accident lawyerFew of us can get away from the need to regularly drive, and the boredom of sitting in traffic or the frenzied rush of the morning commute can make it hard to give our full attention to the road in front of us. Despite laws against texting and driving, car accidents due to distracted driving are on the rise and over 3,000 people die in distracted driving-related car crashes every year.

While the reasons for being distracted while driving are many and varied, fundamentally there is no excuse for endangering other people on the road. The vast majority of serious car accidents could be avoided if people were simply willing to wait to address the distracting elements in their vehicles. If you have been badly injured or had someone you love killed in a car crash caused by a driver who was not paying attention to the road, you know this better than anyone and deserve the help of a skilled Texas personal injury lawyer.

What Kinds of Distractions Cause the Most Accidents?

Distractions while driving come in many forms. Teenagers are often most susceptible to being distracted, both by their phones and their friends. However, adults are often distracted as well, and fail to give their full attention to the road because they are giving it to:

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TX accident lawyerMotorcycles are notorious for getting into accidents frequently, and while there are certainly motorcycle drivers who take unsafe risks, many accidents are caused by other, larger vehicles that simply fail to see motorcycles. Inexplicably, the most common explanation given by drivers who hit motorcyclists is simply just: “I didn’t see him.”

While this may seem implausible or even impossible for motorcycle drivers, especially those exercising caution, new research suggests this may very well be true, thanks to a phenomenon called “inattentional blindness.” However, regardless of whether the driver of a vehicle that struck a motorcycle saw the cycle or not, it does not absolve them of responsibility for their actions. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you deserve help from an assertive personal injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

What Is Inattentional Blindness?

In many cases of motorcycle accidents, drivers of other vehicles appear to look right into the path of the oncoming motorcycle, and, in many cases, directly at the motorcycle itself - and then pull out anyway. Researchers suggest this is because drivers are receiving an enormous amount of information, not all of which the brain can process or respond to. For an unknown reason, drivers appear to simply not see motorcycles as threats on the road as often as they do other objects, such as taxis - even when the driver demonstrates theoretical awareness that the motorcycle is just as likely to be on the road as a taxi.

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TX accident lawyerIn a tragic accident on the Southwest Side of San Antonio, one person was killed and three teenagers were injured after the driver of the car lost control, drove off the highway, and crashed into a fence. The car flipped over and three of the victims were ejected from the car. While investigators are still gathering data on the accident, according to police, the driver of the car was speeding.

Being in a car with a speeding or reckless driver can be a terrifying experience. When bad driving leads to a car accident, passengers can end up injured or even killed through no fault of their own. When this happens, victims of the crash or their families may wonder whether they can hold the driver responsible.

Are Vehicle Drivers Responsible for Passenger Injuries?

If a car’s driver causes an accident, with or without another vehicle being involved, passengers have the right to hold the driver liable for their injuries. However, proving that the driver was responsible for causing the crash can require some investigation. Crash investigators can help determine the cause of an accident, as can having the following information:

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San Antonio car crash injury lawyerSerious car accidents often require urgent, extensive medical intervention. Even if you do not have to be taken away from the scene of an accident in an ambulance, the cost of fixing broken bones, head injuries, and psychological trauma can be overwhelming - especially if you do not have health insurance. 

Unfortunately, while the at-fault driver and their insurance company will likely eventually be forced to compensate you for your injuries, getting the medical treatment you need right now can be difficult if you are uninsured. If you have recently been in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident that was not your fault (or even that you believe may have been partly your fault), it is a good idea to meet with a personal injury attorney who can assess your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries and losses. 

Are Hospitals Required to Treat Injured People? 

Yes - whether you arrive in an ambulance or get there yourself, a hospital is obligated to treat someone who comes in with a medical emergency. Even if you cannot pay, the hospital is required by federal law to treat and stabilize your injury. As long as your condition has acute symptoms, including pain, that could jeopardize your health or cause serious damage to your body, a hospital will treat you. 

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