Articles Posted in Cycling Accidents

I had the honor of riding with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a tireless fitness advocate and accomplished cyclist, on Saturday. I’ve ridden thousands of miles on my bike, including the Hotter ‘n Hell 100, and used to ride a motorcycle.

Now that summer is here, more people are riding their bicycles and motorcycles in North Texas. And unfortunately a lot of them will get injured, some critically. I encourage my fellow riders to wear helmets and bright clothing, obey traffic laws, ride in large groups, and ride defensively.

What should a rider do if, God forbid, he is hit while riding?
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OMG!!!! In a story that has gone viral, a young woman who had sent 47 text messages while she was driving hit a cyclist and heartlessly wrote: “I don’t care.” The poor cyclist suffered a spinal fracture which required surgery and spent months recovering from his injuries.

Reading this reminded me of a case last year when I represented a Fort Worth man who was on a bicycle and broke his leg and shoulder when a driver hit him. After I filed a lawsuit, I was able to subpoena the phone records of the driver and prove that he was texting at the time of the crash. The defense attorney then offered the full insurance policy limits to settle the claim.

There are so many people driving and texting and not paying attention to other vehicles on the road, let alone bicycles. It’s a wonder more people aren’t killed as they try to get exercise or pursue their hobby riding bikes.

Fortunately, collisions between cars and trucks are rare, but when they happen, injuries are often serious. What should you do if you have been involved in one?
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Cycling is becoming a more common activity across the Texas and the United States as more people try to stay fit or save money on gas and upkeep of a car. But it’s dangerous out there. I’ve stopped riding my bicycle (and just run). Both drivers and cyclists have to learn to share the road and obey traffic laws. Serious accidents can be traced to inattentiveness of the motorist, the cyclist — or sometimes both.

Here’s a terrible article I just saw:a recent accident in Dallas.A 19-year-old cyclist was tragically riding his bike across Weldon Street on a dark and rainy night. As the cyclist entered the roadway, a 2005 Nissan Murano SUV traveling northeast sideswiped him, forcing the cyclist to the pavement and pinning him beneath the SUV. Neither the cyclist nor the SUV driver could see one another due to a four-foot wall along the Weldon Street median. The cyclist was tragically pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple blunt force traumas. Dallas police have concluded that the crash was accidental and have no plans to press charges against the Nissan driver. It is not clear who is at fault and whether a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed by the family of the deceased.
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In honor of the Fourth of July on Thursday, we are publishing our Bill of Rights that our clients enjoy at the Berenson Law Offices.

We know that you have been injured, are in pain, and have suffered substantial financial losses. Even as we are fighting the other driver and his insurance company and attorneys to get you the compensation you deserve, we at the Berenson Law Offices will be always be treating you with the utmost of respect and dignity. The Bill of Rights is as follows:

1. You are entitled to be treated under the Bible’s Golden Rule at all times: we will do unto you, the Client, as we would have done unto us. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by Mr. Berenson and all personnel here. We want to treat you like family.

2. You are entitled to an attorney who is capable of handling your legal matter competently, diligently, and expeditiously.
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If you saw some of the headlines in the Fort Worth Star Telegram — just from today — you know just how dangerous our roads are here in Tarrant County:

* Benbrook Man Dies In Rollover Wreck
* 3 Killed in Two Wrecks Involving Motorcycles
* Fort Worth Police Looking For Driver of Black Mercedes Involved In Hit-And-Run
* Man, 57, Dies After Car Hits Pole In Hurst
* Passenger Killed In Three Vehicle Collision Identified
* Cyclist Fatally Struck Near Arlington School
Unfortunately there is a chance that you will be injured in a motor vehicle collision here in North Texas. There were 23,433 crashes just in Tarrant County in 2011 which seriously injured 5,721 people and caused fatalities to 148 people.

I hope that you haven’t been in a motor vehicle collision, but if you have, you owe it to yourself to hire the best personal injury attorney that you can find, just like you deserve the best medical care, or the best of anything.
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I wanted to wish every one a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

I will pause to thank God for my blessings, be with my wonderful family, see some movies and football games and exercise. And my birthday is Friday (how did I ever get to be 58?).
But unfortunately driving during the holidays can be dangerous.

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McKinney police arrested the driver who is accused of hitting a bicyclist at Greenwood Road — and then fleeing the scene.

Steven Miles, 58, a substitute teacher, was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he unfortunately died.

My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

McKinney officers were able to find the vehicle, a red sedan, but not the driver, who had

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