Category: Bicycle Accidents

Hit by a Car While Riding Your Bike, What Now?

Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm

Bike riding can be fun, but it is also dangerous when you ride on roads near cars and other large motor vehicles. If you were riding a bike and get hit by a car, you likely have significant injuries. But you shouldn’t have to worry about the legal claim that will follow.

At Kemmy Law Firm, our family of driven and highly successful personal injury lawyers can help you determine who is responsible and how to recover the compensation you need. Whether you are struck by a car backing out of a driveway or along a busy road, let us review what happened and explain your options.

With offices in San Antonio, Midland-Odessa, and Hobbs, NM, we will listen to your story and give you a realistic assessment. Call (210) 735-2233 today. There’s no risk in calling because we offer free initial consults, and are only paid when you recover compensation

How Is Liability Determined in a Car vs. Bike Accident?

Both cars and bikes must obey traffic laws.

Cars must be aware of bikes that are around them at all times. Drivers should use their mirrors and windows to look for cyclists and avoid hitting them by all means possible. If a car driver fails to properly lookout for cyclists, they may be held liable for injuries they cause to the biker.

Cyclists are expected to ride on the far right side of the road and avoid cars driving nearby. If there is a bike lane, cyclists should stay in their lane unless turning.

In general, bikers should follow all of the same laws as motor vehicle drivers, which includes signaling while turning. If a cyclist does not follow traffic laws and causes an accident, they can also be considered at-fault for an accident.

Common Accidents Between Cars and Bikes

Some of the most common traffic accidents that involve motor vehicles and bicyclists include:

  • The bicyclist being hit by the opened door of a parked car.
  • The bicyclist being brushed by a passing car.
  • The bicyclist being struck by a car that is turning right.

These situations are often caused by negligent drivers who fail to properly lookout for cyclists and could be avoided. This negligent usually means that the car driver is responsible for damages caused to the cyclist.

What Should a Cyclist Do After an Accident?

If you are a bicyclist who is hit by a motor vehicle in Odessa-Midland or Hobbs, you should immediately get medical treatment. Since cyclists have very little protection, they often suffer severe injuries in bike vs. car accidents.

Medical Center Hospital in Odessa is the only Level II trauma center in the Permian Basin. They have specialists and surgeons who provide help for critical injuries.

After you receive medical treatment, you should contact a car accident attorney right away. They can provide you with information about who pays your bills after an accident.

You will likely be worried about the medical expenses and lost wages if you’re unable to work. But that’s where Kemmy Law Firm can help. We will work with your doctors to put your bills on hold until you get a settlement or verdict that can pay them.

Contact Kemmy Law Firm After a Bike vs. Car Accident

After seeking immediate medical treatment for a car vs. bike accident, you should call an attorney right away. With over 50 years of experience and millions recovered, the lawyers at Kemmy Law Firm are here to help.

Contact us online or call (210) 735-2233. Initial consultations are free and you owe nothing unless you recover compensation.

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When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.