If you have been hit by a car while riding your bike in Texas, you may have many questions about your rights. You might be experiencing severe injury, unexpected medical expenses, and suffering from disabilities as a result of your accident. Bicyclists who have been hit by a car are more likely to suffer serious injuries. Unlike passengers in a car, bicyclists don’t have the protective chassis of a vehicle. A small error on the part of a driver can lead to serious injuries and disabilities for bike riders. Bike riders can be tossed from the bike, can suffer road rash, and might be more likely to suffer neck and head injuries, and spinal cord injuries because of their vulnerable position on the road.
Injured bicyclists might be facing unexpected medical bills, lost wages due to missed days at work, and may be unable to enjoy life activities they formerly enjoyed. The Cooper Law Firm is a Texas car accident lawyer that assists bicyclists who have been struck by a car while riding. You and your family may have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Reach out to the Cooper Law Firm today to learn more.
Bike Accidents in Texas: Who is At Fault?
One of the first questions many bicyclists might ask after a collision with a car in Texas is who is at fault? Ultimately, bike riders are held to the same standard as other vehicles on the road. This means that bike riders who share the road are required to follow the same rules as other drivers on the road. Because bike riders are subject to the laws of the road, they can also be found at fault for a crash. If a bike rider was the one who made the error (for example, by making an illegal lane change, running a stop sign, running a red light, or by riding illegally on the sidewalk), the bike rider can be found liable for the accident. However, if the driver of the vehicle made the error and this resulted in the bike rider’s injuries, the driver of the vehicle would be held liable for the accident.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation bicyclists, like drivers are required to:
- Stop at red lights
- Obey road markings
- Travel the same direction as traffic
- Use lights and reflectors when riding at night
Drivers have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists. This means watching out for cyclists when driving. Because riders have a lower profile than cars on the road, they are more likely to be missed by drivers when drivers make turns or change lanes. Distracted driving can add to these difficulties. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bike accident in Texas, you may have rights under the law. The Cooper Law Firm is a bike accident law firm in Texas that works with bicyclists who have been injured in crashes. We are here to help.
Ways You Can Stay Safe on Your Bike in Texas
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 857 people are killed on bikes each year, and when cars collide with bikes on the road, the person most likely to be hurt is the bicyclist. What are some ways you can stay safe on your bike? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all bicyclists wear helmets. Other basic common-sense steps can also keep you safe on your bike. These include:
- Checking your bike for safety before each ride. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and your brakes work.
- At night, wear clothing and reflective material that will make you more visible to drivers.
- Plan your route, and try to ride on bike lanes when possible.
- Drive with the flow of traffic in the same direction as traffic.
- Don’t text and bike ride.
- Don’t listen to music while bike riding on your headphones or engage in any activity that can distract you.
- Ride defensively. Assume that cars cannot see you or aren’t paying attention. Be particularly cautious at intersections where drivers are making left hand turns.
These are just some basic steps for bike safety. However, sometimes bike riders take as many precautions as possible and still get into accidents with cars. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bike accident involving a car, you may have the right to seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation expenses. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. Reach out to the Cooper Law Firm, a bike and car accident law firm in Texas today. Or connect with the Cooper Law Firm by reaching out to USAttorneys.com.