Who is responsible in bicycle accidents?

There may be few things greater than a Texas childhood spent on two wheels. Riding a bicycle is a favorite pastime for many people, but it is unfortunately also a dangerous one. Even when traveling in neighborhoods, drivers often behave negligently around people out riding bikes and do not always take into account the extra caution that is usually needed for children. Bicycle accidents resulting from this type of behavior are often devastating for victims.

The vast majority of bike vs. motor vehicle collisions involve children. While drivers are not faced with an automatic presumption of negligence for hitting a child on a bicycle, they are expected to adhere to an increased care of duty when around kids, and as such the bar for demonstrating negligence may be lower. This is because children are expected to perform at lower standards of carefulness than their adult counterparts.

Drivers are also expected to proceed with caution in areas frequented by children, even if none are visibly present. Such areas include parks, schools, bus stops, residential areas and more. A driver can reasonably expect a child to be in one of these areas, and as such must demonstrate increased care behind the wheel. In short, it is just smart to be aware of one's surroundings.

Unfortunately, drivers accused of being negligent behind the wheel often counter with the claim that the victim was negligent. This can be extremely frustrating for adults and children alike who are dealing with the painful aftermath of bicycle accidents. With the right help, Texas victims can usually pursue compensation for their injuries, including financial, physical and emotional damages.

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