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Late last year, officials reported the program’s first six months had been a success, with users logging more than 11,000 miles on 5,000 trips. With the expansion of the program, we expect this success to continue.
Familiarizing yourself with bicycle safety rules, and the “rules of the road” as covered in the Texas Transportation Code statutes, will go a long way towards helping you avoid sustaining serious injury in a bicycle accident.
Despite these benefits, however, bicycling does have a dangerous side. Bicyclists who share the roads with cars, trucks and other motor vehicles are at risk of suffering injuries in accidents. Fortunately, bicyclists can take steps to help keep them safe.
Obviously, bicyclists are much more vulnerable than drivers and passengers inside a motor vehicle. That helps to explain why they suffer so many injuries and deaths each year, despite the fact that trips by bicycle represent only about one percent of all travel in the country.
No drum roll needed, folks. It's obvious that you should wear a helmet every time you get on your bicycle. Even if it's not the law, which is the case in Washington as well as many cities like Bellingham. Read up on recent crash statistics and a guide to buy the right helmet here.
Though the technology and design improves more and more with each year, bicycle helmets can't always protect bicyclists from TBI. If you've hit your head in a bike crash, know the signs and symptoms of this all too common problem, from this post by bike accident attorney Bill Coats Law in Bellingham WA.
Riding a bike offers little protection between rider and the environment. If you are on your bike and are hit by a vehicle, or your crash was caused by some factor beyond your control, you are likely dealing with a lot of injuries. In a collision between a bike and a car, the injuries a bike rider receives are almost always far worse than what the driver walks away with, especially if the cyclist’s head takes the impact of the hit. If you have a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) after a bike crash, you will likely face a lot of financial problems in addition to the strain of healing from trauma. Don’t let the stress convince you that you have no options and must go it alone. You do have options for compensation for your losses and financial trouble, and are not alone in fighting the insurance companies to get full, fair, and fast compensation after your accident. Understand your rights and legal options if you have TBI after a collision by clicking here.