Bicycle accidents can cause tragic injuries

Bikes are a fun, affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around. It is not necessarily uncommon to see people commuting to work by bike, and many riders simply hop on as a way to get some quick and easy exercise. Unfortunately, Texas drivers still seem to struggle with the presence of bicyclists on the roadway. Here are a few things you should know about bicycle accidents.

Like collisions between motor vehicles, accidents involving cars and bicycles can occur in a number of ways. A common cause of bicycle accidents is when a driver simply fails to yield the right of way and either turns in front of or backs into the path of a moving bicycle. Another common cause are drivers who pass bicycles without having enough clearance to do so.

Compared with a driver who is safely buckled up behind the wheel, bicycle riders face a much higher chance of serious or traumatic injury. Not only are drivers usually better protected in a collision, but their vehicles carry much more force during a collision. These accidents usually total the bicycle completely, leaving victims severely injured and possibly without their primary mode of transportation.

Texas drivers may try and excuse their negligent behavior by claiming that they did not see you or your bicycle. However, this is not a valid excuse. Every driver has the responsibility to pay attention to the road and remain aware of his or her surroundings, including other vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. When dealing with the aftermath of bicycle accidents, victims tend may find it helpful to turn towards an experienced professional who can help them address their options for seeking compensation.

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