Motorists must be cautious when sharing the road with a bicyclist
Our society is becoming more and more conscious of our collective carbon footprint. The study of global warming and climate change is no longer considered a passing trend. As the concern over the environment gains prominence, more and more people are turning to bicycles as a clean, alternative mode of transportation. In Texas, where the climate is generally dry and warm and the roads are clear of snow and ice for a majority of the year, bicyclists can ride almost all year round.
As a growing number of bicyclists are being seen on the streets of Texas, cars and trucks need to be aware of their presence and drive with the appropriate caution, taking into account, the vulnerability of a bicycle rider in comparison to a car. National statistics show that more than 45,000 bicycle riders are injured or even killed in accidents with vehicles each year. These accidents are happening in spite of drivers growing more accustomed to navigating the roads with the increased bicycle traffic.
Cities like Austin, through the establishment of bike lanes and bicycle safety-oriented laws, have made concentrated efforts to protect the growing bicycle community, but bicyclists are still only as safe as the motorists around them.
It is clear that when a bike crash occurs with a large vehicle, the bicyclist is susceptible to serious and permanent injuries. If a driver is found to have disobeyed a law or ordinance designed to protect bike riders, then that unfortunate bicyclist who has been injured in a bike crash may be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact our firm to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.