Bicycle Accident Attorney in El Paso, Texas
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At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our Las Cruces and El Paso bicycle accident attorneys represent clients throughout New Mexico and Texas because we know how dangerous it can be to ride a bike in both states.
According to Bikeleague.org, New Mexico ranks 35th out of the 50 United States in bike safety, giving the state a D grade in both bicycle safety infrastructure and funding, and traffic laws and practices. Texas is not far behind, ranking 32nd out of 50 states in bicycle safety.
Our El Paso and Las Cruces bicycle accident lawyers know that the lack of federal transportation funding, state transportation funding, and the existence of bicycle infrastructure in both states are all putting our bike-riding residents in danger each time they hit the road.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a negligent driver while riding a bike in Texas or New Mexico, contact our skilled bicycle accident attorneys in El Paso and Las Cruces today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
What are the Most Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents in New Mexico & Texas?
Thousands of bicyclists are injured and hundreds more are killed in New Mexico and Texas each year. Unfortunately, most — if not all — of these accidents, injuries, and fatalities could have been prevented.
Texas and New Mexico bicycle accidents are often caused by drivers who are:
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Passing too close to cyclists
- Failing to yield the right of way to bicyclists
- Entering protected bicycling lanes and areas
- Failing to share lanes with riders
If you have been injured by negligence while riding a bike, or tragically lost a family member while they were riding, our skilled bicycle accident lawyers in Las Cruces and El Paso can help you pursue the financial recovery you need to take back control of your life. Contact us today to learn more.
What are the Most Common Bicycle Accident Injuries in Texas and New Mexico?
Nearly 470,000 bicycle-related injuries were reported throughout the country last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Some of the most common injuries associated with bicycle accidents in New Mexico and Texas include:
- Dislocated joints
- Torn tendons, muscles, and ligaments
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Loss of mobility
- Wrongful death
Getting hurt or losing a loved one in a bicycle accident in New Mexico or Texas is devastating for everyone involved and can become exceptionally overwhelming when the financial impact becomes a reality.
Our dedicated bicycle accident and injury lawyers in Las Cruces and El Paso are here to help. We want to help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue the best financial outcome for your unique injury or wrongful death circumstances. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help.
What Type of Compensation Can I Pursue During a Bicycle Accident Injury Claim?
Personal injury cases and their recovery options vary from state to state, which is why it is important to talk with a skilled bicycle accident attorney in Las Cruces or El Paso, if your bike crash occurred in New Mexico or Texas.
At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our skilled Texas accident attorneys and support staff will outline your injuries and how they have impacted your life — from your day-to-day movements to your overall quality of life — so you can pursue the fair and just financial outcome you deserve.
That may include compensation for:
- Complete medical expenses
- Medical device and prescription costs
- Rehabilitation and therapy services
- Current and future lost wages
- Partial or full disability
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Texas or New Mexico, do not attempt to take on the at-fault party’s insurance company alone. Contact our skilled bicycle accident lawyers in El Paso and Las Cruces today to learn more about your financial recovery options, so you can focus on your recovery.
How Long Do I Have to File a Bicycle Accident Injury Claim in New Mexico or Texas?
New Mexico law states you must file a personal injury lawsuit within three years of the date the bicycle accident occurred.
Texas law states you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date the bicycle accident occurred.
No matter which state you live in, it is important to speak with a skilled Las Cruces or El Paso bicycle accident and injury attorney as soon as possible after the crash occurs, so we can begin securing valuable evidence to help strengthen your case.
Ruhmann Law Firm also focuses on the following practice areas:
- Bus Accident
- Brain Injury
- Motorcycle Accident
- Dog Bite
- Elder Abuse
- Hit and Run Accident
- Negligent Security
- New Mexico Workers’ Compensation
- Nursing Home Abuse in New Mexico
- Oil Rig Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Slip and Fall
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Texas Non-Subscriber Claims
- Truck Accident
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accident
Contact Our Skilled Las Cruces and El Paso Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a bicycle crash in New Mexico or Texas, contact our experienced bicycle accident attorneys in Las Cruces and El Paso at the Ruhmann Law Firm today at 915-910-5600 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand if you have a case, so you can focus on your wellbeing while we take the lead in pursuing the negligent party who caused your injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys in New Mexico & Texas
Do I Have to Wear a Helmet While Riding a Bike in Texas or New Mexico?
In Texas, there are no state laws requiring any bicyclist of any age Texas to wear a bicycle helmet. However, it is recommended that all bicyclists wear a helmet every time they ride.
In New Mexico, all persons under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates, and tricycles.
What Happens if the Driver Who Hit Me Was Underinsured?
If you were hit while riding your bike and have a registered and insured vehicle that has uninsured motorist coverage, you may be eligible to make a claim against your own policy. Keep in mind, pursuing your insurance carrier for financial recovery will result in the same resistance as pursuing another party’s insurance company for compensation. That is why it is important to speak with a skilled bicycle accident attorney in Las Cruces or El Paso, so you do not have to face the insurance company alone.
What Happens if a Motorist Hits Me With Their Vehicle’s Car Door?
All motorists — whether they are in Texas or New Mexico — have a duty of care to bicyclists, pedestrians, and other motorists when driving, parking, or exiting their vehicles. If you were hit by a car door while riding your bike, you may be eligible to pursue the driver for your full financial recovery.
What Are the Most Important Things to Do After a Bicycle Accident in Texas or New Mexico?
If you are physically able, stay behind at the scene to collect the driver’s details and any witness statements. Call the police, so there is an official police report filed from the scene. Seek medical care immediately after leaving the scene of the crash and follow all doctor’s orders and attend all medical appointments going forward.
Do not admit any possible fault or traffic violation to anyone. Avoid giving a statement to an insurance adjuster without first consulting with our skilled bicycle accident attorneys in El Paso or Las Cruces today.
Is My Bicycle Accident Case a Civil or Criminal Case?
All personal injury cases are pursued during negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company, or inside a civil courtroom. However, if the driver who hit a bicyclist was breaking the law – including driving recklessly or impaired by drugs or alcohol – the prosecutor’s office in your city may file criminal charges against the negligent driver. That case will be handled separately from the personal injury case.