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A bicycle-vehicle accident doesn't have to wipe out your finances

There are numerous types of transportation that a person can utilize to reach a destination, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. Motor vehicles offer a certain ease of travel, but they can also be costly, both in upkeep and fuel prices. Bicycles, on the other hand, do not require the same monetary investment, but, unfortunately, also don't offer the same amount of protection as motor vehicles.

Perhaps you ride a bike nearly everywhere, whether to save money or simply for the exercise, or both. While you have the same rights on the road as other vehicles, there is less in the way of protective barriers for a cyclist, and an accident could pose a significant threat to your health.

Common causes of vehicle-bicycle accidents

Collisions involving cyclists are often catastrophic incidents which inherently carry a higher risk of ending in serious injuries, or worse. Although there are countless circumstances in which an accident can occur, driver negligence continues to be a factor in many dangerous collisions. Some of the more common types of negligence that can endanger the health of a cyclist could include the following:

  • Disobeying traffic laws: A driver who fails to adhere to traffic lights and signs can place the safety of everyone nearby in danger, especially those riding a bicycle or walking.
  • Reckless driving: Speeding or changing lanes without indication or awareness is also dangerous, and you will likely find it difficult to react quickly enough to avoid a collision when encountering a reckless driver.
  • Distracted driving: Distracted drivers often drift in an out of lanes without even noticing, and if another party suddenly veers into a bike lane, you could end up suffering the consequences.

Cyclists also have a duty to obey Texas state traffic laws, and negligence on the part of a cyclist could have an impact on his or her ability to pursue compensation following an accident. However, if a car hit you while you were operating within your rights as a cyclist and adhering to the rules of the road, you might be wondering about your available options moving forward.

Pursuing financial relief

Along with the potential physical woes of a bicycle-vehicle accident, your injuries may also cause you to experience monetary challenges that often accompany such a traumatic event. Loss of income and extensive medical bills can cause you to suffer financially, potentially spurring a need to pursue relief. However, the process can be complex and intimidating, and seeking assistance for the road ahead might be in your best interests.

You could consider retaining the services of an attorney for assistance in navigating the process. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your incident, along with your current and future financial needs, and assist you in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which you're entitled to receive, which could help ease your financial worries and place you on the path to recovery.

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