Houston Bicycle Accidents
Rules of the Road in Houston, TX
There are laws in the state of Texas that govern and protect bicyclists. The Texas Transportation Code's laws are put into place to improve safety of biker riders, pedestrians and cars alike. Most cyclists are required to follow the same rules as passenger vehicles and trucks while using public roadways which includes stopping at stop lights, adhering to traffic signals and riders must go the same direction as traffic. Cars are required to yield to cyclists, just as they are to give the right-of-way to pedestrians; however, sometimes cars come into contact with bikes. If you or a loved one has been struck by a car while riding a bicycle, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.
While there are many advocators of "share the road," there are still shocking reports of a cyclist being fatally injured every six hours; this includes an upward of one million children annually injured in bicycle related accidents. Commonly, motorists strike cyclists in intersections or do not use turn signals or look when making a lane change or a turn. There are cases where
drunk drivers are involved in
car accidents where they strike a bicyclist. Car collisions are not the only cause of bicycle injuries and fatalities though - faulty products and unsafe/unkempt road conditions may also cause a rider to fall and injure themselves. Following an accident, it is imperative that you work with a
Houston injury lawyer to evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible for compensation.
What to Do Following an Accident
Regardless if a helmet was worn or not, people who are involved in cycling accidents often sustain injuries. Collisions with cars, the pavement or railings and stationary objects can leave cyclists facing spinal complications, head trauma, broken bones, road rash and in some cases, death. If you were involved in an accident, it is important that you notify emergency services and do not speak with the driver regarding the accident before discussing the situation with an attorney. Anything that you say about the collision can be used against you by the driver's insurance. It is recommended that you get detailed description of the car, the driver and the driver's statements as well as witness statements and medical reports. All of these documents will greatly benefit your case when you speak with an attorney. Our firm, Nielsen & Mukerji, LLP, will evaluate your case for free and help you determine the best course of action to take following an injury-causing accident.
Contact our Houston firm today to schedule your free case evaluation.