Dallas Bicycle Accident Lawyer
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd. Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75219
Call (214) 307-0000
Bicycles, once seen as an amusement for children rather than a means of
transportation, now seem to rival automobiles as the preferred means of
transportation in many neighborhoods. With this newfound popularity has
come an increase in the number of accidents and injuries involving bicycles
and other vehicles.
Naturally, this increased number of accidents has also brought about more
accidental injury cases where issues of liability are often contested.
On this page, we’ll look at how these issues may be decided under
existing Texas law.
Bicyclists and Traffic Law
In general, bicyclists are obligated to obey all traffic laws in the same
manner that a motorcycle rider is to obey all traffic laws. There are
exceptions to this obligation, of course, because there are some laws
that can only apply to motorized vehicles as there are some laws that
can only apply to a bicycle. Examples of these exceptions include:
• if moving slower than traffic, a bicyclist must ride as close as
is safely possible to the curb side of the right lane
• bicyclists must use hand signals to indicate their intentions for
right or left turns and their intention to stop
• bicyclists are not required to wear a helmet unless there is a
local ordinance requiring them to do so
• unless prohibited by local law or ordinance, a bicyclist may ride
on a sidewalk but must yield to pedestrians
Bicyclists and Liability in Accidents
Bicycle accidents, like many other accidents, are rarely clear on who was
at fault in an accident. In such cases it usually becomes necessary for
legal proceedings to determine the question of who is liable for any injuries
suffered in the accident.
When assessing liability, the Texas courts apply what is called the “Modified
Comparative Fault – 51% Bar” rule. Under this rule, an adult
injured in a bicycle accident cannot recover damages from the other party
if he or she is found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident. When
a child is injured in a bicycle accident, the issue of comparative fault
is more complicated.
Texas law generally holds that children are not as capable as adults in
making decisions about safety and it is difficult to raise this as a defense
to liability. This is one area that has been debated over the last few
years and the courts have yet to rule how the age of child should be dealt
with in comparative fault cases. An attorney must be consulted if then
age of a child may become an issue.
A bicyclist can be liable for damages if his or her actions cause an injury
to another person. As an example, if a bicyclist who is riding on the
sidewalk in front of a store strikes a customer leaving the store and
causes the customer to fall and sustain a broken hip the bicyclist is
liable for the customer’s injuries (and probably some very substantial damages)!
Why You Need the Dallas Bicycle Accident Lawyer at the Doan Law Firm
Bicycle accidents have the potential to cause serious injury. When these
injuries involve you or a family member, it is understandable that you
want to make sure that your legal right to be compensated for your injuries
is fully protected.
If you, or a family member, have been injured in a bicycle accident, your
first step toward protecting your rights should be to contact the Dallas
bicycle accident lawyer at the Doan Law Firm by calling (214) 307-0000
to discuss the facts in your case and to review the options that may be
available to you.
When you call the Dallas bicycle accident lawyer, your initial consultation
is always free and creates no obligation on your part to retain our firm.
If you should decide that we should manage your bicycle accident injury
case, we will assume all financial responsibility for all aspects of your
case such as court fees, interviews, depositions, accident investigation
and recreation, or any other preparations that will be necessary for us
to win your case. In return, we will accept a previously agreed-upon percentage
of your final settlement as payment in full for our services.
To protect your legal right to be compensated for your bicycle accident
injury, get the Dallas bicycle accident lawyer at the Doan Law Firm on
your side today.
The Doan Law Firm is located at:
2911 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219