As the weather in Texas becomes nice outside, many people will take to the streets on their bicycles to get some exercise. Unfortunately, each year over a hundred riders suffer from serious injuries and are involved in accidents with motor vehicles.
The latest statistics show that these bicycle accidents are most often the fault of the automobile driver. Motorists simply don’t watch out for bicycle riders as carefully as they should, and many are distracted by cellphones or other electronic devices.
Cyclists just don’t seem to get the respect they deserve from automobile drivers, and deadly collisions occur all too often in Texas. Being aware of the most common reasons that these accidents occur just may help you avoid becoming a statistic.
These are the most common causes of bicycling accidents today:
- Negligent motorists are the number one cause of bicycle injuries and deaths (making sharp turns in front of cyclists, following too closely, driving cyclists off the road, sideswiping cyclists on the shoulder of the road)
- Negligent from manufacturers or retailers of bicycles, bicycle parts, bicycle accessories and/or vehicles (defective products)
- Unsafe conditions on public property (negligent design, maintenance or upkeep of public property, including tree trimming or other obstructions or obstacles.
- Unsafe conditions on private property (negligent or defective maintenance or lack of upkeep on private property)
In order to avoid these events, be aware of behaviors like this from motorists around you and always be a defensive driver. Always use signals, and ride in bicycle lanes that are constructed just for bicycle riders whenever possible. Also, only ride with the appropriate, legal number of riders that the bicycle is made to hold. Proper turn lanes should be used at all times.
Consult Legal Counsel
If you or a family member has been injured as the result of a bicycle accident, call the expert bicycle injury lawyers at Van Wey Law right away. Our attorneys will provide you with a free evaluation of your case and gather every piece of evidence to build the strongest possible case. We will work to see that you are fully compensated for damages to your bicycle and gear, plus all medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our friendly staff is accessible 24 hours a day for your questions and concerns.