Cycling is a major past time here in Texas. A number of causes can contribute to biking accidents in Texas. Sometimes, cyclist traveling in large groups can cause accidents among themselves. However, each year hundreds of biking accidents are caused by negligent or distracted drivers who do not see cyclists. Other cycling accidents can occur when a cyclist loses control over their bike, and they hit a curb, median, or pole. Accidents can occur if there is are defective bicycle parts or unsafe riding conditions.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident it is very important that you do NOT dispose of the bike after an accident. This can help your bicycle accident attorney determine the cause of the accident and injuries and who was responsible.
Bicycle accidents most often happen at intersections. This is the place that most cyclists are at risk of being struck by a car. A bicycle is considered a vehicle and must follow all the rules of the road including riding with the flow of traffic, stopping at stop signs and stop lights, and yielding when appropriate. Children are most vulnerable for being in a bicycle accident because children are not always familiar with the road and traffic laws. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!
To decrease the risk of an accident, cyclists should have reflective lamps on their bikes and brightly colored or reflective clothing.
In any motor vehicle accident, the cyclist is most vulnerable, especially if they were not wearing a helmet or if the helmet was not fastened properly. A cyclist is most at risk for head injuries including but not limited to skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord, neck, or back injuries. 70% of bicycle accidents that result in fatalities are due to head injury. Also, a cyclist can suffer from broken bones or burns. Parts of bicycle can cause injuries during an accident like the seat or handle bars.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident or someone in your family has died in a bicycle accident please contact our law firm. Our attorneys can help you understand you legal options after an accident, and possibly received compensation for your injuries.