How common are biking accidents?
Personal Injury Attorney Assisting Accident Victims Nationwide
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
bicycle accidents steadily contribute to more than 2% of all motor vehicle fatalities in
the United States—meaning that approximately 670 bicyclists are
killed in traffic accidents each year, while another 48,000 are seriously
injured. When comparing accident statistics from 2010 and 2011, the number
of bicycle-related fatalities is also an alarming 9% higher. For this
reason, the Texas
personal injury attorneys at The Doan Law Firm, P.C. would like to address the ways in
which you can recover compensation if you or someone you love has been
injured in a bicycle accident. As statistics have shown, these devastating
accidents have grown to be a serious problem in the U.S.—especially
in the state of Texas.
Far too often, pedestrian-involved traffic accidents are caused by the
negligent or careless actions of the motorist. This typically leaves the
unsuspecting bicyclist with little to no protection against the crushing
force of a much larger vehicle, so it is not uncommon for the pedestrian
to sustain catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries while the motorist walks
away without a scratch. That is not to say that the bicyclist is never
at fault for causing a collision, but in most cases, they will be the
ones to suffer the consequences. In fact, 75% of all accident-related
injuries result in some sort of head trauma, which can ultimately lead
to costly medical care, prolonged rehabilitative treatment and time spent
away from work. For this reason, it is often necessary for the victim
to seek an adequate level of compensation.
Texas State Transportation Code Chapter 551 – Operation of Bicycles
According to Chapter 551 of the Texas State Transportation Code, bicyclists
must follow the same traffic regulations as everyone else. This includes
stopping at red lights, yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk and displaying
the proper illumination devices when riding at night. Since they cannot
be expected to keep up with the flow of motor vehicle traffic, however,
they must adhere to the specific laws that have been set out for bicyclists
in the state. Some of the most notable laws include:
551.102(b)–Bicyclists must not carry more than the allotted number of passengers
551.103(b)–Bicyclists moving slower than traffic must ride on the edge of the
- They are passing another vehicle that is traveling in the same direction
- They are preparing to turn left at an intersection or onto a private road
- The conditions of the roadway prohibit them from doing so safely
551.103(c)–Bicyclists can ride two abreast, unless they are riding in a designated
551.104(b)–Bicyclists may not ride at night unless their bicycle is equipped with:
- A front lamp that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet
- A rear reflector that emits a red light visible from a distances of at
least 500 feet
Injured in a bike accident?
Contact a Texas personal injury attorney!
If you or someone you love has been injured in a preventable bike accident,
you should not hesitate to discuss your case with our Texas bicycle injury
The Doan Law Firm, P.C. Our firm will work diligently to ensure that you are able to obtain the
level of compensation that you deserve, so there is no reason why you
should wait any longer to retain the professional help that you will need.
Not only can we offer you more than a decade of legal experience, but
we have even made ourselves available to review your case for free. All
you have to do is contact our firm today at (800) 349-0000 for a complimentary
consultation – we are available 24 hours a day to take your call.