Bicycle Accidents can be Devastating
Apart from pedestrians, bicycle riders are the most vulnerable individuals on the road. 18-wheelers and commercial buses are often 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger cars, much less a 30-pound bicycle.
In Austin, bicycle riders in a car accident are not only at a physical disadvantage, but a legal one as well. For example, Texas is one of a few states that has not defined what a safe distance is for a car or truck passing a bicycle. Proving a car or truck that hit a bike acted in an unsafe manner can be complicated. Steps include police reports, witnesses, physical evidence, and crash forensics. Additional complications include Federal and Texas state laws of the road, negligence and civil liability law, as well as how Texas judges and juries have applied it to other bicycle accidents in the state.
Bike accident victims in Austin need an experienced bicycle injury attorney who knows how the Texas Transportation Code applies to bicycles when riding on the roads of Texas.
Justinian & Associates has represented many victims of bicycle accidents in Austin. Our clients have received significant compensation for property damage and bodily injury. Call, text or email us for a completely free consultation with a seasoned Austin personal injury attorney (not a “screener” or paralegal), available 24/7.
Bicycle Accidents In Austin
Bicycle riders in Texas are entitled to the same legal protections as cars, trucks, buses and other motor vehicles.
Bicycles are legally allowed to ride on all roadways, including interstate highways, unless authorities have explicitly prohibited bike riding and erected traffic control devices. As always, caution should be exercised, particularly when riding alongside motor vehicles.
Unfortunately, many motorists in Texas still treat bicycles like an afterthought —an obstacle to roar past so the driver can get back to speeding. A University of Texas study found that seventy percent of Texas cyclists feel the state is dangerous to ride, and Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) studies suggest they are right:
- 84% of bicycle accidents in Texas result in an injury.
- One in four bike accidents in Texas results in a fatality or incapacitating injury.
- Many of Texas’ rural two lane roads have inadequate shoulder room to turn, leading to a sharp rise in accidents.
Source: Texas Department of Transportation
Legal Consequences if You’re in a Bicycle Accident
The Texas DOT’s “Share The Road” bicycle safety campaign is well-meaning, but automotive health studies suggest that mandatory safety training and awareness campaigns do very little to make bicycle riders safer, and that the real answer is legal consequences.
With texting-while-driving a national epidemic, bike riders in Austin are unfortunately often on their own to exercise caution and watch for distracted drivers.
Cyclists have every right to assert their legal protections in a bicycle accident, especially when trucks or other vehicles disobey traffic laws or violate a bicycle rider’s right of way.
Choosing an Austin Bicycle Accident Attorney
Navigating bicyclist and motorist laws in Austin can be stressful and confusing on your own. Working with an experienced law firm that has knowledgeable and well-qualified bicycle attorneys can help you work through a bicycle-related accident case with ease.
At Justinian & Associates, our only job is to fight on our clients’ behalf and help them receive fair and just compensation under the law. No matter the size of your adversary, Justinian & Associates have the resources, experience and dedication to advocate for your rights, and you will owe us nothing unless we win your case.
We have successfully squared up against individual drivers, commercial transport companies and large insurance corporations. Email us directly and get the process started or call or text us at (512) 980-0000 for dedicated, experienced legal help 24/7!