In Texas, there are few statewide laws regarding bicycles on the road. However, the state does require bicyclists to follow the laws of the road like a motor vehicle driver. If you don’t follow the rules of the road while operating your bike, you may be at fault or partially at fault for the accident.
Many municipalities have enacted laws to keep cyclists safe on the road and further clarify the general state laws. Houston requires cyclists to wear a helmet while riding. Other cities may also have safe passing laws, bike lanes and other laws to keep cyclists safe on the road.
The state requires riders to use hand and arm signals, brakes, ride near the curb and have handlebars. Riders should ride on a seat designed for the bicycle with only one rider per seat. There are specific rules for electric bikes on top of those for standard bikes. Riders operating on the road at night must have a white light in the front with a red reflector on the back.
If you are in an accident, it is best to have a police report done. This report can be invaluable in trying to get an insurance claim settled or seek a civil suit against the motor vehicle driver. The police report helps determine who is at fault.
If you are following the law and are hit by a vehicle, you may be able to seek financial compensation. Not all cases qualify for a personal injury suit. This information is meant only as educational material and is not a substitute for legal advice.