Cyclists have just as much right to the road as motorists, yet surprisingly few motor vehicle drivers are aware of these rights. As a result, they may driver recklessly around cyclists and fail to share the road. This can spell catastrophe for bikers and cyclists.
If you or someone you love is injured in a bicycle accident in Dallas, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. From the moment you are injured, your bicycle injury lawyer will go to work fighting to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. At Hernandez Law, our Dallas bicycle accident attorneys have successfully represented bicycle couriers, bicycle commuters, and recreational cyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers.
Bicycle Accident Injuries are Often Catastrophic
Due to the speed at which bicycle accidents occur and the little protection a bicycle offers, cyclists who are hit by motor vehicles usually sustain severe and life-changing injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Severe fractures
- Road rash
- Severe back or soft tissue injuries
- And more
Due to the nature of these injuries, cyclists who are involved in a traffic collision may find their entire life turned upside down. They may be unable to work, provide for their family, enjoy their hobbies, or even ride a bike again. Exorbitant medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and long-term disability are just a few of the costs that can cripple an injured cyclist and his or her family.
Bicycle Laws in Dallas
The Dallas Transportation Code statutes address the laws that all bicyclists must follow in the State of Texas. These rules include:
- Obeying traffic signals and traffic signs
- Riding near a curb and in the same direction as other traffic
- At least one hand must always be on a handlebar
- Use arm and hand signals when appropriate to signal to other drivers
- One rider only per saddle
- Two riders abreast in a lane is appropriate as long as traffic is not impeded
While bicyclists have an obligation to follow the laws of the road, so do motor vehicle drivers—and all motorists must yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate, just like any other vehicle.
Unfortunately, motor vehicle drivers do not always watch for cyclists on the road, and distracted driving can lead to horrific bicycle accidents. When this occurs, insurance companies will often try to pin the blame on the cyclist—citing that they swerved into oncoming traffic or into the vehicle’s path. Sadly, this is far from the truth and an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney can investigate your accident closely to determine who is ultimately responsible for your accident—and your injuries.
At Juan Hernandez Law, we can help you file the necessary claims and ensure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled. If a negligent driver in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or anywhere in the State of Dallas has injured you or someone you love, it is critical that you contact one of our experienced Dallas Personal Injury Attorney immediately. We will fight the tough fight—so you can focus on your recovery. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-444-8810 | Local 214-900-0000 to schedule a FREE EVALUATION with one of our attorneys.