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Houston, TX Bicycle Accident Lawyer

The Houston region is popular with bicyclists but experiences a growing number of accidents

Bicycling is becoming more popular in the Houston region. Organizations such as BikeHouston and PedalHouston provide information and resources to local bikers or tourists in the area offering services like bike maps and free workshops for bicycle repair.

Despite safety improvements, bicycle accidents are common in Houston

According to Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in 2012, 726 lost their lives in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes nationally, just under two people every day of the year in the U.S. The death rate from bicycle crashes is high due to the relative lack of protection bicyclists have in an impact with a motor vehicle.

Bicycling Laws in Houston

Houston traffic-safety laws are designed to allow bicyclists to share the road safely with motor vehicles in an increasingly crowded space.

According to the State of Texas Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • When bicycles are ridden with other traffic, cyclists must obey the same rules and regulations as motor vehicles.
  • At intersections, motorists must yield to cyclists as they would for other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • When passing a cyclist, motorists must move into an adjacent lane to the left if possible. If not, the motorist must pass with at least 3 feet of clearance.
  • Motorists must yield the right-of-way to a cyclist on a bicycle path or in a bike lane.
  • Motorists may not stop, park or drive on a designated bicycle path or lane unless they are entering or leaving an alley or driveway, performing official duties, directed by a police officer, or in an emergency situation.
  • A cyclist is required to ride on the right side of the roadway.
  • A bicycle must be equipped with a white lamp in the front, visible from at least 500 feet.

Get information on bicycle crashes from the Police Departments in the Houston region

The Houston Police Department offers information on accidents, and also provides information on filing a police report and on obtaining a police report.

These departments are a good resource to get information after a bicycle crash.

Houston bicycle crashes have common causes and deadly outcomes

While helmets and proper reflective gear make bicycling safer, riding a bicycle is riskier than driving a car. Maintaining control is more difficult on two wheels, and when collisions happen, bicyclists are at greater risk of serious injury or death because they don't have an enclosed vehicle for protection.

Common causes of bicycle crashes include:

  • Motorist turning across path of cyclist;
  • Cyclist riding into the path of a motor vehicle;
  • Cyclist turning right from a major road and from a minor road;
  • Child cyclist playing or riding too fast.

When someone is injured in a Houston bicycle accident, what needs to happen next?

In an injury bike crash, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost. The major hospitals in the area include:

As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy. Since insurance policies often have unique provisions to deal with bicycle-accident injuries, it is important to review the policy and speak with the insurance adjuster to get clarification on coverage.

When a bicycle collision is serious or fatal, it is important to find a Houston bike accident attorney

When a bicycle accident, caused by the negligence of a motorist, results in serious injury or death, the next step is to find an experienced Houston attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. Having a personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured bicyclists, or to the family left behind when an accident proves fatal.

Since most personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and all fees are paid when the claim is settled, there is no downside to speaking with an injury attorney right away, to get help for an injured bicyclist.

Comments

My son was going through the intersection of Wichita and Chenevert 2 weeks ago. A Constable car ran a stop sign and basically t-boned my son. Constable admitted fault, but there is a financial cap that the Constable will way. 100K is the limit. This won't cover medical bills, pain, suffering, and lost wages.  Has anyone else dealt with this?

First of all, I hope that your son is recovering from this very serious accident.  Yes, I have dealt with this issue hundreds of times over the last 15 years, and I do believe there are alternatives for you to investigate. First of all, are you positive that this is all the coverage available? Often times you are able to after officers as agents of the State, and also look into their own private insurance. It could be that the 'policy limits' available could be over $250,000.  Additionally, there maybe additional  'first party coverage benefits' that you can look into. We have had very good success in negotiating down the medical liens to sometimes pennies on the dollar, so that is also another option.    I am glad to discuss  these alternatives with you, if you have further questions. I hope that is helpful. 

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