It’s clear that bicycles offer their riders little to no protection while on the road, and this makes bicycle accident injuries all the more severe.
Texas’s larger cities like Houston have their fair share of bicyclists and bicycle accidents. Luckily, bicyclists have the option to collect compensation if their accidents were caused by another’s negligence.
We’ve recently published a comprehensive article concerning Texas’s bicycle accidents. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know.
Your reaction after an accident is important
If you find yourself involved in a bicycle accident, it’s important to know how to respond in such a stressful situation.
After calling the police, take as many pictures as you can of the accident and gather information from any witnesses. Once you’ve seen a doctor, save copies of your medical bills and other documents. All of this documentation and evidence should be kept in a safe place. It will come in handy should you file a personal injury claim.
Lastly, contact an attorney. They can help you establish fault and add up your due damages.
Texas laws for bicycle accidents
Texas law states that the victim of a bicycle accident has the right to sue any negligent party whose actions caused the accident to occur. This can include other drivers, another cyclist, or even the city depending on the circumstances.
However, Texas does have certain personal injury laws that could affect your case. Firstly, Texas is a comparative fault state, which means your received compensation will go down if you’re determined to be partially responsible for the accident. If a cyclist is not following Texas’s bicycle safety laws (i.e failing to use hand signals or riding on the sidewalk), he or she could be considered partially negligent in an accident.