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3 Safety Tips for Bicyclists on Texas Roads – Advice from an Austin Personal-Injury Lawyer

By Luke Dow on January 21, 2016

According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, at least two cyclists die every day on U.S. roads. Because they lack protection, a collision with a motor-vehicle is likely to result in injuries or worse. This is where a personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.

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If you were hit by a negligent or reckless driver, then contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin accident attorney who will help you fight for the maximum compensation. He is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call 512-518-4104.

Read on to learn three safety tips for bicyclists on Texas roads:

  1. Invest in Safety Equipment
A multitude of safety accessories is available for bicycles. Visibility equipment, such as reflectors, red lights and white headlights, can make it easier for others to see you. According to Helmets, everyone below 18-years-old must wear helmets in Texas, but older riders should also wear them to avoid serious and potentially fatal injuries.
  1. Ride with the Flow of Traffic
The thought of riding with the flow of traffic can be frightening, but this is actually safer than riding toward oncoming vehicles. Traffic follows predictable rules, and this offers added protection.

You should never ride your bicycle on the sidewalk. It is against the law. Sidewalks are for pedestrians to use, and if one should suddenly appear, you run the risk of colliding with him or her. If you crash into a pedestrian on the sidewalk, then you will likely have to pay for his or her medical bills and other damages. Stick to paths and lanes marked specifically for bicycle use, or ride in traffic.

  1. Obey Traffic Rules
It is never wise to take unnecessary risks in traffic, particularly if you are riding a bicycle. Unfortunately, many cyclists ignore the risks and take chances, such as weaving between traffic or cutting into faster lanes.

This behavior causes collisions that seriously injure other road users. If you cause an accident because you broke a traffic rule, then you may be liable for other people’s injuries.

If you approach a stop sign, intersection or red light, then stop. Signal your intentions clearly and early. Wait for pedestrians at crossings. Ensure your following distances are appropriate, and do not overtake cars, which could hit you if they turn suddenly. Also, be aware of doors opening suddenly on parked vehicles.

If you were hit by a negligent driver, then contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. After a serious injury, the process of recovering damages is probably the last thought on your mind, but taking action early can improve your chances of making a successful claim.

As an Austin accident attorney, Luke Dow can evaluate your claim, gather evidence and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. He is not afraid to go to trial if necessary. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

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