Texas teenager injured in bicycle accident with deputy constable
When cyclists are en route, they often face drivers who are impatient and rushing to their respective destinations. Sidewalks are considered to be for pedestrians, yet there are not always bike lanes available. It can be risky to share the road with two-ton vehicles when you are barely visible on a two-wheeler. Safety lights, bells, and helmets only provide so much protection.
As more people opt for cycling for a healthy and environmentally conscious form of transportation, there may be a rise in the number of bike accidents. Cyclists are arguably the underdogs every time they head out alongside a slew of cars and trucks.
Every time you take your eyes off the road due to a distraction while driving, you put yourself and others on the road at risk – be it other drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists. Even if you have the right of way, no one wants to hit another person on the road.
A recent bicycle accident in Texas involved a county deputy constable who struck a 16-year-old cyclist, who was heading to school. A doctor, who happened to be present at the time of the crash, was able to provide assistance until emergency responders arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital by air.
The investigation of this car vs. bike accident is ongoing. The aftermath of any bicycle accident can certainly be traumatic for the victim and his or her family. Whether there are medical expenses, permanent injuries or even worse consequences, it is helpful for victims and their loved ones to seek out professional legal advice to help sort through your rights.
Source: Fort Bend Herald, “Fort Bend deputy constable hits girl biking to school,” April 11, 2014