This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of bicycle accident cases in Fort Worth, Texas. It goes without saying that the rider of a bike can suffer serious injuries when they are hit by an oncoming car. Such an incident may even result in the wrongful death of a victim. If you or a loved one have been injured then it is crucial that you take immediate steps to protect your interests. One of these steps should be the hiring of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our goal in writing this series is to provide information which will help people to more fully understand their options. It is also our goal to provide information which will help with the selection of an attorney.
We plan on addressing a number of topics over the course of this series. The issues which we will address include:
- 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
There are multiple reasons why we have chosen to address these topics. First, Fort Worth has adopted a local ordinance which requires children under the age of eighteen to wear a helmet. This requirement, however, does not extend to adults. Second, it is important to understand that the process of dealing with insurance carriers can be lengthy. Third, your attorney should utilize the investigative and discovery processes available to them, in order to prove a defendant’s fault. Fourth, experts may be required in order to prove both liability and a victim’s damages. Finally, knowing how one’s damages will be calculated can help them to maintain reasonable expectations.
If you have been hit while riding then it is important to retain an injury attorney who is capable of handling the matter properly. Due to the potentially serious nature of such cases, we suggest the retention of a firm which employs multiple attorneys. We also suggest that the attorneys be Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm should also have an on-staff investigator and the resources necessary to retain any necessary experts. These ideas apply whether you were involved in a bicycle accident in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in the state of Texas.