This is the last post in our series discussing the handling of bicycle accident cases in Fort Worth, Texas. The goal of this series has been to explain what to expect if you or a loved one has been the victim of a bike crash. It has also been our goal to provide information that will assist in the selection of an attorney. These incidents can result in serious injuries and may involve complex legal issues. For these reasons, we recommend retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent your interests.
This series focused on several important topics, including:
- How comparative fault and the wearing of a helmet impacts such matters
- Dealing with insurance companies after an injury
- Establishing a defendant’s liability
- The need for expert witnesses in such matters
- The determination of a victim’s damages
We chose to discuss these issues for a variety of reasons. First, an accident victim may be able to recover damages even if partially at fault for the crash. If the incident involves a minor, the case may be impacted by a Fort Worth ordinance requiring children under the age of 18 to wear a bicycle helmet. Second, insurance companies will be heavily involved in negotiating a settlement of the case. This can be a potentially lengthy process. Third, establishing the defendant’s liability will require an investigation and gathering evidence through the discovery process. Next, expert testimony may be required to prove liability and to determine the victim’s damages. Last, damage calculations may include current and future medical care and lost income. Depending on the severity of the injuries, these may be significant. Medical and vocational experts may be required to make this determination.
A bicycle accident can have tragic consequences for a victim and their family. We suggest retaining a firm with multiple attorneys who practice personal injury law. The law firm should also have the in-house resources to investigate the incident thoroughly and to retain any necessary experts on your behalf. Furthermore, the lawyers should be Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. These recommendations apply in Fort Worth, Dallas and elsewhere in Texas.