What are your rights on a bicycle?
Riding a bicycle is a healthy form of exercise, as well as an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. The choice of transportation may also serve social benefits if you choose to ride with others. However, among these positive aspects, it can be difficult as a bicyclist to be on the road with distracted drivers of large vehicles who may be changing radio stations or talking on their cellphones – not to mention the added disadvantage of blind spots.
This could, and often does, lead to a bike crash. In this event, an individual may sustain serious injuries such as broken bones. Victims must also contend with the medical expenses that result from any injuries. More tragically, some fatalities occur from bicycle accidents, often due to a negligent or drunk driver hitting a bicyclist.
Police will most likely investigate in the aftermath of a crash to determine the circumstances and who is at fault. As a biker, it is important to develop your own bike awareness in hopes of avoiding any injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, anyone occupying the road must co-exist and be mindful of everyone else’s equal legal rights, whether operating a motorized vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle. The NHTSA’s own bicycle safety program emphasizes the importance of safety through research, educating the public, and enforcing appropriate behavior to minimize accidents across the country, including Texas.
If you have been injured on a bicycle or a loved one has suffered fatalities as the result of a bike accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to seek the legal advice of a professional, who can help advise you of your options and how to proceed with a possible lawsuit.