City May Reconsider Bike Lane Funding after Serious Accident

While many cities are working to make upgrades for bicyclists on roadways, some cities just do not have the funding. One such city in North Texas is now under scrutiny after a male bicyclist suffered serious injuries on a bridge that was slated to be renovated this year. According to the police report, D.T., 32, was riding his bicycle like he does every day on the bridge. He is a regular bicyclist who rides at least 40 miles around the city daily. On this day, however, he was struck by a vehicle on a viaduct in the southbound lanes. His wife reports that he sustained a broken neck after he was thrown into the windshield of the vehicle that hit him.

While doctors hope that he is able to make a full recovery, it will be a long and difficult process. Now that this accident has made front page news, the city may reconsider funding for bike lanes so bicyclists remain safe from motorists. Were you hit while riding your bike in Dallas? If so, contact a Dallas bicycle accident attorney from our firm now. Once you speak with a Dallas personal injury lawyer from our office, you'll have a better understanding of your rights as a bicycle accident victim which may enable you to file a lawsuit to seek damages for your injuries and accident.

What is UIM coverage?

Potential clients and clients alike often what Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage is, and when it applies. Although there's no easy answer, here are answers to common questions regarding UIM coverage:

1. What is UIM Coverage?

ANSWER: UIM coverage is automatic in the state of Texas. In fact, the only way that you do not have UIM coverage is if you specifically rejected it by signing off on UIM coverage in writing. With that said, UIM coverage protects you and your family in the event that an at-fault driver that causes a collision is either uninsured, or does not have enough coverage to make everyone whole for their injuries.

2. When does UIM Coverage Apply?

ANSWER: UIM coverage applies in several different situations. Firstly, UIM coverage may in situations in which the driver that caused the collision doesn't have insurance. In that case, you would go through your insurance just as you would have gone through the opposing party's insurance. Secondly, UIM coverage may apply if the amount of the third-party's insurance isn't enough to cover your injuries. In that instance, you would attempt to recover the maximum amount allowable under the opposing party's insurance, and then go through your insurance for the rest. You insurance is allowed to take into account what you've been paid by the third party, and what you may have been paid in PIP funds in evaluating your claim.

3. What if I want to know more?

ANSWER: If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident and has any questions, please call an experienced Plano personal injury lawyer that will aggressively and compassionately fight for your legal rights.

City Council Considering New Bicycle Ordinance

After seeing an increase in car crashes involving bicycles over the past several years, the Plano Bicycle Association is trying to find new ways to decrease those numbers in the future.

According to the Plano Star Courier, a new ordinance is being considered by the city council that would help spread awareness of the growing problems involving bicycle and motor vehicle crashes.

The ordinance would put into place new guidelines regarding the passing of bicycles on the roadway. For instance, the ordinance, if passed, would require vehicles on a two-laned (or more) road to switch lanes in order to pass the bicycle. Additionally, the ordinance would attempt to prevent situations where vehicles would pass a bicyclist and then quickly slow down in an attempt to turn right, often times crashing into the bicyclist.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, car accident or truck accident, please call an experienced Plano personal injury attorney that will aggressively fight for your legal rights.

Investigation Shows Drunk Drivers Avoiding Jail Time

Oftentimes, many individuals see the often televised commercials regarding how tough the State of Texas is against individuals who choose to drive drunk. Well, an investigation by the staff at the Dallas Morning-News claims that stance may be a myth.

A recent article in the Dallas-Morning News details several incidents, after studying thousands, over the past few years involving drunk drivers where individuals were avoiding jail time after their actions.

In a five-part series, the article links several stories detailing how Texas leads the nation in alcohol related fatalities, and discusses what the state is currently doing about it. Not enough, is what one would be lead to believe after learning of the all-to-many accounts where individuals may not be held responsible for their actions. The article includes accounts from every angle, including: families of the victim, families of the accused, citizens, attorneys, judges, and lawmakers.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident as a result of a drunk driver, please call an experienced Dallas and Plano personal injury lawyer who will aggressively fight for your legal rights.

What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) allows individuals involved in a motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident a way to immediately pay for medical bills they've incurred, as well as up to 80% of all lost wages.

One of the biggest advantages of having Personal Injury Protection is that the insured is entitled to PIP funds regardless of fault. This means that regardless of whether the insured or a third-party was at fault for the collision, PIP funds will be available for those with coverage. Furthermore, the money received from PIP is not taken into consideration when settling a claim with an opposing insurance company, and does not have to be reimbursed upon a settlement agreement. Basically, PIP allows for what is called a double recovery.

In Texas, Personal Injury Protection coverage is automatic through an insurance agent unless specifically opted out of. Additionally, it's important to note that you can collect PIP funds prior to payment for any other damages under an insurance policy. Therefore, contact the insurance company right away regarding filing losses under PIP after any car accident, bike accident, or truck accident.

Moreover, if you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, please contact a Dallas or Plano Personal Injury attorney at Zinda Law Group who can further assist you regarding your legal rights and options.

Couple's Argument Ends in Bicycle Accident

When a couple got into an argument, it wound up leading to a serious bicycle accident.

According to police reports 23-year-old Peter Dallas Thomas had just gotten into an argument with his girlfriend when he decided to flee by bicycle. Thomas rode down Walton Street going westbound when he rode directly into the path of a Ford pickup truck. The driver, who had the right of way, got out of the truck and sat with Thomas until police and paramedics arrived.

As a result of the bicycle accident, Thomas broke one of his legs, to the point that the bone was actually sticking out of the leg. While police are still investigating the accident, they are placing the blame on Thomas.

Have you recently been injured in a bicycle accident? If so, contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer now to discuss your case. In some cases, an attorney can help you get the money you need to pay off medical bills as well as alleviate some of you pain and suffering.

Driver Found Guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter Sues Parents of Victim

48 year old David Weaving is currently in prison serving a 10 year sentence for vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving. Weaving was convicted of hitting 14 year old Matthew Kenney, who was riding his bike at the time. Kenny was pronounced brain dead a day after the bicycle accident.

Now, Weaving is suing Kenney's parents for contributory negligence in the wrongful death of their son. He claims that it is partially their fault that their son died because they were not watching him and they did not make sure that he was wearing a helmet.

The Kenney's are affronted by the suit. They have stated that they believe prisoners have too many rights if they are able to file a personal injury suit from jail. Often, these countersuits are filed in an attempt to get the original suit against them dropped. The theory is, if it is too much trouble, people will just want to move on.

Are you seeking compensation for damages? Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney at our firm, Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group.

Dallas Bicyclists Show Numbers at City Hall

Today, about 100 local bicycle riders rode to City Hall in order to try and influence legislation about bicycle paths in the city. This is the second annual Bike to City Hall event, and even three city council members participated in the ride. The proposed bikeway system will be one of the best in the country, and it will both encourage new riders and help ensure the safety of all bike riders.

Bike riding has become increasingly popular as the economy has dipped and gas prices have soared. It is an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly way to get around town. Unfortunately, without proper bike routes, however, it can also be dangerous.

Each year, around 50,000 bicyclists are injured in traffic accidents. They account for more than 14% of fatalities of people who are not in vehicles. As riders, they have less protection against crashes and are thus usually hurt more severely. The average age of cyclists in fatal accidents was 41.

Many people believe that if the streets were more accommodating, fewer bicycle accidents would occur. The bicycle legislation will be reviewed again in December and decided upon in the spring.

Have you been injured in a bicycle accident? Our Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys are here to help. Contact an Attorney today at Heselmeyer, Zinda Law Group to find out more about how we can help protect your future.