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Harris County Personal Injury LawyerHouston and the surrounding areas are becoming more bicycle-friendly as increased numbers of people use bicycles for recreation, running errands, or everyday commuting. While many ride for the health benefits, bicyclists account for a disproportionate share of injuries and deaths when involved in an accident with a vehicle. This is unsurprising given the vulnerability of bicyclists when involved in a collision with a much larger and heavier vehicle. It is important for vehicle drivers and bicyclists to know the leading causes of accidents so that they can both work to avoid dangerous situations. It is also important to seek out an experienced attorney if you have been injured in a bicycle accident in order to pursue compensation for medical bills, time missed from work, and pain and suffering.

Statistics and Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Every year in the United States, almost 1,000 bicyclists are killed and over 130,000 are injured in accidents on our roads. The total annual costs from these injuries and deaths are estimated at over $23 billion from health care costs, lost work productivity, lost quality of life, and the lives that are lost. Here are the leading causes of bicycle-vehicle accidents:

Speeding – The top cause of accidents involving a vehicle and a bicycle is speed. Drivers are less able to stop or take action to avoid a bicyclist if they are traveling too fast. Speed-related accidents can also contribute to more severe injuries and a higher likelihood of wrongful death. Perhaps surprisingly, 63% of fatal bicycle accidents happen away from intersections, mostly on more open stretches of road.

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Houston Car Crash Injury LawyerThe results of a car accident caused by a defective tire can be catastrophic. Having a tire fail on a car, truck, or another motor vehicle can cause the driver to lose control and collide with roadside objects, other vehicles on the road, or pedestrians. This could put the driver, the passengers in the vehicle, and many others at risk of injury and even death. There are multiple reasons that a tire can be defective, and it may not always be possible to tell if there is a defect but knowing what possible signs to look for could help prevent a devastating accident in the future.

Tire Failure Warnings to Look For

Defective tires could cause tires to blowout while on the road, putting the driver, passengers, and others at risk. They could also lead to a lack of traction leading to a loss of control or an inability to stop the vehicle. No matter the cause, the higher the speed that the vehicle is traveling, the greater likelihood there is of an accident and injuries. If you see any of these signs, you should have the tires inspected by a professional and replaced if necessary.

  • Cuts or cracking - These typically appear on the sidewalls of the tires.

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Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation LawyerTraumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to almost 3 million trips to the emergency room for Americans every year. They are caused when a blow to your head causes your brain to hit against your skull. The impacts of a TBI can be long-lasting and have a variety of symptoms. While there are many causes of TBIs, accidents are one of the leading contributors. If you have suffered a TBI in a slip and fall, motor vehicle crash, or other accident, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney who can help determine if you are entitled to compensation.

How TBIs Happen and What Symptoms They Cause

The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is falling. People who have suffered a fall account for almost half of TBI-related emergency room visits. Other accident-related causes of TBIs include motor vehicle accidents and work injuries.

Depending on the severity of the injury, there can be a wide variety of symptoms associated with TBIs. In mild cases, the injury may cause headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, and mild confusion. These symptoms will usually not last long and do not permanently damage the brain.

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Houston Personal Injury LawyerWhile most dogs are friendly companions, some can pose a threat through aggressive behavior. No matter the size of the dog, any attack can lead to severe injuries including major wounds, broken bones, nerve damage, brain and spine injuries, and more. Even seemingly minor wounds can become infected and lead to serious medical problems if untreated. After an attack, you may be left with psychological trauma, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress. No matter the severity of the dog bite, after you seek medical attention, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who will learn the details of the attack and help determine whether you can pursue a personal injury suit.

Seek Medical Attention After a Dog Attack

After a bite, you should clean the wound, apply antibiotic cream, and cover it in a sterile bandage. More serious wounds require immediate medical attention. However, for any bite, medical professionals recommend seeing a doctor within eight hours in order to have the bite treated and to prevent infection. About 50 percent of dog bites transmit some type of bacteria, so the doctor will likely clean the wound again and then provide any additional antibiotic treatment, especially for those with diabetes or who are immunocompromised and have a higher risk of infection. Depending on your vaccination history, you may receive a tetanus booster.

Compensation for Dog Bites in Texas

You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured in a dog attack. Under Texas law, dog owners can be held financially liable when:

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Houston Motorcycle Accident LawyerMotorcycle riders have a much greater risk of being injured and killed while on the road when compared to drivers of cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles. Given the more exposed nature and lack of protection that motorcyclists have when riding, any collision has the potential of a severe injury or even death. This is why it is so important to avoid motorcycle accidents and stay safe while on the road.

Ways to Stay Safe When Riding a Motorcycle

While no amount of precaution can ever fully prevent any road user from being involved in an accident, there are some preventative actions and precautions on the road that every motorcycle rider should be aware of which could help save their life or prevent a serious injury.

  1. Wear a helmet and proper gear – Unless you meet an eligible helmet exemption, Texas requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Further protective gear is also recommended, including protective clothing, boots, and eye protection. High visibility gear can be especially helpful to ensure other drivers are aware of you, especially in poor weather or at night.

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