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Things Drivers Can Do To Cause Bicycle Accidents



One bicyclist is fatally injured in every six hours in the United States.  Half of all bicycle fatalities occur to children under sixteen.  Head injuries, Brain Injuries, and Spinal Cord Injuries are common injuries that bicycle accidents can cause. Bicycle Injuries occur most frequently as a result of several common causes, some of which include car or motor vehicle driver’s negligence. Here are some examples:

• A motor vehicle driver turning directly in front of a bicyclist.

• An automobile driver entering the street from a driveway or parking spot and pulls out into traffic in front of the bicyclist.

• A motorist's failure to yield at an intersection or running a stop sign or red light.

• A vehicle driver's inattention while driving past a bicyclist.

• An automobile driver's failure to look both ways when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign.

• An automobile driver, or a cyclist, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



Tips For Bicyclists


There are many things that bicycle riders can do to reduce the chance of being in an accident.  Riders can wear bright fluorescent clothes and use lights and reflectors during the day and at night.  Bicyclists can, and in some cases are required by law to, use bicycle lanes whenever they are able.  Wearing a bicycle helmet can also reduce head injuries in an accident.  Riders can keep from using a cell phone, or other electronic devices, while riding. Riders can keep from riding after consuming alcohol. Riders can take steps to reduce the chance of being in an accident.



Types of Injuries to Persons in Bicycle Accidents


Bicycle accidents can be really traumatic. While bicyclist accounted for only 2% of all traffic deaths and injuries, of the people that were in a bicycle accident in 2012 88% were killed and 80% of the ones injured or killed were male.  Almost half (48%) of the accidents happened between 4PM and midnight. Only less than a quarter (24%) of the riders killed were between the ages of 45 and 54 years old. Almost a quarter (24%) of bicyclists that were killed were legally drunk, with a BAC of .08 and 37% of fatal bicycle crashes involved a driver or rider that had been drinking.  Most of the bicycle accident deaths (69%) happened in urban areas.  While being in a bicycle accident can be awful, bicycling is still a relatively safe mode of transportation. (NHTSA)



Top Mistakes Bicyclists Make That Causes Accidents


Some of the accidents are caused by the person riding the bike.  Some riders ride into a street without stopping and looking both ways for cars.  A bicyclist turning, or swerving, in the path of a motor vehicle often cause accidents, and all too often involve children.  Sometimes when a rider doesn’t stop at a stop sign, or red light, they can cause accidents.  Riding against the flow of traffic is another way of riders causing accidents, and is all too often a cause of accidents that result in death. Too many riders are injured after drinking alcohol.  It is the responsibility of the bicycle rider to ride safe and smart.



Top Mistakes Drivers Make


Drivers of vehicles can also cause bicycle accidents.   Sometimes a driver turns in front of a bicyclist.  Sometimes the driver fails to look out for bicycles. A driver turning right on red and in front of a cyclist can cause an accident. An accident can happen when a driver passes a bicycle too close.  Drivers of vehicles have a responsibility to keep bicycle riders safe as well.



Types of Injuries That Can Happen in a Bicycle Accident


Getting into a bicycle accident can cause some serious injuries.  Most of the accidents (98.5%) did not cause a death, but they still caused some serious injuries. Some of those injured (12.5%) could not even leave the accident under their own power.  The injuries they received ranged from skull, chest, and abdominal injuries to broken bones, severe cuts, and even unconsciousness.  A bicycle accident can result in some pretty serious injuries. (NHTSA)



Bicyclist Laws in Texas – Follow them and Be Safe on the Roadways


All bicyclists must operate under Texas Motor Vehicle Laws while on public roadways, including stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, displaying proper illumination, and riding with the traffic flow on designated "One way" streets in designated bicycle lanes. Many university police departments offer bicycle engraving services free of charge to assist with identification of stolen bicycles.


People riding a bicycle have the same rights and duties that drivers in a car do. Only one person may ride a bicycle, unless the bicycle is designed for more than one person. The bicycle cannot be towed behind a motorized vehicle. A bicycle must stay as near as possible to the right side of the roadway except when turning left. At least one hand needs to be kept on the handle bar.  And bicycles cannot be ridden at night unless they have a head light and a rear red reflector or red light. (Transportation code §501.101 through §501.106) All riders must also use hand signals by extending the left hand straight out for left turns. Riders can signal a right turn by extending the left hand upward, or the right hand straight out. And riders can signal a stop by extending the left hand and arm down. There are laws to protect bicycle riders just like there are for car drivers.


1.Bicycles should only be operated on streets, roadways, bike paths, routes, and areas specifically designated for bicycle riding.

2.Bicycles and other non-motorized devices shall not be ridden into bicycle racks. Always dismount upon arrival to the rack and place your bike in an available space.

3.All rules and procedures herein are applicable to all non-motorized devices.



How the City of Dallas Bicycle Laws Are Different


The city of Dallas bicycle laws have a few things added to the Texas law. Dallas requires all riders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. The city of Dallas also restricts any type of stunt riding. A Dallas police officer can confiscate the bicycle if the serial number is removed. In Dallas, cars need to completely leave the driving lane the bicycle is in when passing.  And in Dallas bicycles cannot be taken into public buildings in any fashion. Breaking the law can cost $10 for the first offense, $25 for the second offense, and $50 for every offense after the second offense. A summary of the City of Dallas bicycle laws can be found in Dallas City Code, Chapter 9.

For comprehensive list of bicyclist laws in Texas please refer to the following link:  http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/docs/TN/htm/TN.551.htm



KANE | VARGHESE LAW FIRM AND ITS EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS HAVE HANDLED SERIOUS BICYCLE INJURY CASES



The attorneys and lawyers at Kane | Varghese have represented individuals and children who have been injured in bicycle accidents as a result of third party negligence.   Kane | Varghese Attorneys have handled minor injuries like cuts, scrapes, and bruising arising from bicycle accidents.  We have also handled major bicycle accidents involving fractured bones and pelvises. We also have experience handling wrongful death matters in accident cases.


If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident because of the negligence of another, please feel free to call and consult with a bicycle accident lawyer | attorney at the Kane | Varghese law firm.  FREE CONSULTATION ON ALL BICYCLE ACCIDENT CASES!!


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