There are plenty of people in the Houston area who ride bicycles, either for fun, exercise or even as part of their daily commute. Unfortunately, there is the potential for danger from cars and other vehicles on the roads nearby where people ride their bicycles. The danger can even prove fatal.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2020 alone over 900 people died in bicycle traffic accidents.
Many fatalities occur during the summer months, according to the NHTSA, when people are obviously more inclined to ride their bikes. Even one death is too much, if the causes of the crash are preventable. For example, some bicycle accidents are the result of distracted drivers or drivers who are otherwise not paying attention to bicyclists near the roadways like they should. Drunk drivers and even drowsy drivers can also be a danger that bicyclists should be aware of.
Even when bicyclists take all necessary precautions – like wearing a helmet or reflective clothing, for example – sometimes that simply isn’t enough. In a collision between a bicyclist and an automobile, the bicyclist almost always comes out with the more serious of the injuries.
Considering legal options
At our law firm, we understand that people in Houston who have been injured in an auto-bicycle collision are facing difficult times. Recovering from injuries, missing work and, in general, being unable to function as usual in day-to-day life can be extremely frustrating. For more information about how we might be able to help as you consider your legal options, please visit the pedestrian and bicyclist accident overview section of our law firm’s website.