Corpus Christi Rent-A-Bike Accident Lawyers
Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys represents individuals who were hurt in rental bike accidents like Zagster and others in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas. We know that accidents involving these bikes can be devastating, and victims are often confused about who might be responsible if they’ve been hurt in a crash. Let us help you get the answers you need and help you put your life back together. Call us for a FREE consultation by calling (361) 888-8808 today.
An August 26, 2016 press release announced that the City of Corpus Christi and Zagster, Inc. were launching a new bike-share program intended to “provide all Corpus Christi’s residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable, and healthy way to get around town.” The program launched with 40 cruiser bikes available at seven stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips.
Corpus Christi Downtown Management District Executive Director Terry Sweeny said in a September 2017 news release celebrating Bike Corpus Christi’s first anniversary that the program had more than 16,000 trips and 5,200 members. Sweeney said nearly 55 percent of the users were local residents.
Zagster is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based venture-funded startup company with hundreds of programs across the United States. In June 2017, Zagster ranked Corpus Christi the No. 1 bike-share program in the country.
With all of the additional biking activity in the Corpus Christi area, accidents become more likely. If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a bike share accident in Corpus Christi, it is in your best interest to quickly find legal representation. Rental bike accident victims can be entitled to compensation in some cases for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys has been helping injury victims since 1976. Call (361) 888-8808 or fill out an online contact form to have our Corpus Christi rent-a-bike accident attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.
About the Corpus Christi Bike Share Program
To rent a Zagster bike in Corpus Christi, a person needs to download the Zagster app and join the Corpus Christi bike share program. When a person is at a Zagster station, they enter the number of the bike they want into the Zagster app to obtain an unlock code.
The unlock code is then entered into the keypad on the bike, which will open the ring lock. After the docking cable is removed from the side of the ring lock, the person is free to ride the bike.
Riders are required to be 18 years of age to join the program, which can be paid for through hourly, monthly, or annual fees. The first hour is free for hourly riders with each additional hour costing $3, but the first two hours are free for monthly and annual members.
Annual membership is $75 and monthly membership is $15. The maximum ride amount is $24, and a person is charged an additional $24 when they keep a bike for more than 24 hours.
Anybody 18 years of age or older with a valid credit or debit card can join the bike share program. Zagster states that users can ride their bikes anywhere, but bikes must always be locked to secure objects during any stops.
A trip is only considered complete when bikes are returned and locked to a Corpus Christi Zagster station.
The stations in Corpus Christi are located at North Bayfront Park, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Staples Street Station, La Retama Park, Cosmopolitan Apartments, Seawall, Peoples Street T-Head, Lawrence Street T-Head, and Bay Shore Park. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that the city has a three-year $76,000 contract with Zagster.
Commonly-Reported Bike Share Accidents
Bike share programs provide numerous benefits to the residents and visitors of most cities, but they have some flaws. One major issue is general public reluctance to recognize the rights of cyclists. Motorists are supposed to treat bicycles like they would any other vehicle on the road, but many do not offer cyclists that respect. Negligent drivers can cause a wide variety of crashes.
Some of the most common bicycle accidents people can be involved in include, but are not limited to:
- Left-Turn Accidents
- Right-Turn Accidents
- Sideswipe Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Dooring Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Failure to Yield Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
The accidents listed above are dangers common to all cyclists. People renting bikes are also exposed to another type of unique danger.
As a rental bike is used by more and more riders, wear and tear is inevitable. Repeated rides over the course of several days can take their toll on certain bike parts. Tires that have ridden many miles over hard terrain may suddenly burst. Gears that have not been lubricated may fail. Various nuts, bolts, and screws may loosen. Zagster and the companies that rent bikes to the general public are obligated to adequately maintain all rental bikes to avoid possible accidents. When an accident is the result of an improperly maintained bicycle, the rental company could be liable for damages.
Another common concern with rental bikes involves defective parts. Sometimes the rental company followed proper maintenance procedures, but a bike fails anyway because a part was not built or installed properly in the first place. Like maintenance concerns, malfunctioning parts are not always visible to the average person. They may not recognize a problem until an accident occurs.
Depending on the situation, liability can fall on the parts manufacturer, the rental company, or both. If the part was proven defective, the manufacturer is liable. If it’s determined that the problem should have been caught in routine maintenance, the rental company may share liability.
Bike Share Injury Claims We Handle
Cyclists in Corpus Christi are not required to wear helmets, but many choose to simply to reduce possible injury risks. Even when people do wear helmets, some bike accidents can still cause catastrophic injuries.
Possible injuries people may suffer in rental bike accidents include:
- Muscle strains
- Road rash
- Nerve damage
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
The severity of a person’s bicycle injuries will depend on multiple factors. In addition to the kind of crash the cyclist is involved in, the speed they were traveling at, the involvement of another vehicle, and the location of the accident can all be important contributing factors.
Some victims will be able to make a full recovery in due time, but many others have their lives permanently affected by their injuries. Certain kinds of injuries can involve far lengthier periods of rehabilitation.
Most bicycle accident victims will accumulate a staggering amount of medical bills. Many others will have to deal with significant lost income because of an inability to return to work.
Not all bicycle accident victims survive their injuries. Family members can file wrongful death lawsuits against the parties responsible for rental bike accidents.
Contact a Corpus Christi Rental Bike Accident Attorney Today
Many people who are injured in rental bike accidents know when their accidents were the result of Zagster’s failure to provide a safe bike. Unfortunately, rental companies will sometimes accuse victims of using bicycles improperly or not riding in a safe manner.
Bicycle accident injuries should not be dismissed easily, which is why any victim will want to contact an experienced lawyer. One of the immediate benefits to hiring an attorney is that they will be able to conduct an independent investigation to determine the cause of your accident.
The lawyer will be able to collect all of the relevant evidence from your crash scene and also examine the rental history. After completing an investigation, the attorney can identify all potentially liable parties.
When a person is injured in any Zagster bike rental accident, they should always seek medical attention. Even if a person does not think they were hurt, it is still recommended that they have a medical professional perform an evaluation just to be sure that they did not suffer an injury involving delayed symptoms.
When possible, you should also try to take several pictures of your accident scene and get the contact information of anybody who witnessed the accident. If your medical condition prevents you from doing this, you could ask a friend or family member to do it for you..
If you happen to be contacted by an insurance company representing a negligent party in your case, you should refuse to make any recorded statement until you have legal representation. Many insurers make these calls with the specific purpose of getting people to unknowingly make admissions of fault, and you should avoid speaking to any representative for this reason.
Occasionally, an insurer may offer a lump sum settlement to resolve your case. These offers are usually intended to quickly close the cases of the most desperate victims, but the proposed amounts are often well short of what victims are actually entitled to.
You should not delay in seeking a lawyer after any kind of bicycle accident. The statute of limitations for most personal injury actions in Texas is only two years, so quick action is often required.
Were you seriously injured or was your loved one killed in a bike share accident in Corpus Christi? Make sure you contact Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys as soon as possible.
Robert E. Brunkenhoefer is a Board Certified Personal Injury Specialist with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he was in the first class of attorneys to be certified as an expert in personal injury law by the Texas State Bar. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (361) 888-8808 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.