Houston Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident involving a motor vehicle, contact the Houston bicycle accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for help. We have extensive experience handling pedestrian and bicycle accident claims and a proven track record of fighting to obtain the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
When a bike is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, the consequences are often devastating for the cyclist. Because of a lack of protective structure and difference in mass, cyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries and even death in the event of a motor vehicle crash. In fact, cyclists are twice as likely as motorists to die on roadways in the United States, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS).
Bicycling has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 64 percent increase in the number of people using a bicycle to commute to work from 2000 to 2012. While bicycling certainly has many benefits, cyclists are at a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than motor vehicles occupants.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
Between 2010 and 2012 there was a 16 percent increase in the number of cyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 900 cyclists were killed and there were an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries inn 2013. Overall, cyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths ad 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014.
Bicycle accidents are most likely to occur in urban areas and between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm, according to the NHTSA. The vast majority of cyclists killed in 2014 were males between the ages of 20 to 24. The most common types of bicycle collisions involving motor vehicles include the following:
- Rear end
- Cyclist side/car front
- Side-impact or T-Bone
Bicycle Accidents in Texas
Texas is one of the most dangerous states for cyclists. Based on federal data from 2013, California, Florida, and Texas had the highest number of cyclist fatalities. A TDSHS study of motor vehicle crashes involving cyclists from 2012 to 2013 found that 70 percent of cyclists experienced an injury or death. In 2015, there were 51 cyclists killed in Texas, which is a 2 percent increase from 2014.
There are several reasons Texas has higher injury and fatality rates than other states. First, the infrastructure in Texas is not currently designed to adequately accommodate bicycles and there is no state-wide safe passage law, which sets the minimum clearance distance when passing cyclists. In addition, there is no law requiring cyclists to wear a helmet, which can greatly reduce the risk of death and severity of injury in the event of a crash.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Cyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws, rules, and responsibilities as motorists. Most bicycle accidents are preventable if motorists and cyclists obey traffic laws, drive defensively, and share the road responsibly.
Here are some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents:
- Riding or driving under the influence of alcohol – alcohol involvement, either on the part of the cyclist or motorist, was a factor in 34 percent of all fatal cyclist crashes in 2013
- Failure to yield by driver or cyclist
- Distracted riding or driving
- Stop sign or traffic signal violations
- Turning or merging into a cyclist/driver’s path because the cyclist/driver failed to adequately survey their surroundings
- Car door opened in the pathway of cyclist
Skilled Representation For Your Bicycle Accident Claim
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our talented team of Houston personal injury lawyers have more than four decades of experience handling virtually every type of car accident case, including bicycle accidents. We can help you understand your legal options, explain the compensation you may be entitled to, and pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf while you focus on recovery. In the past, we have helped countless motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Talk to a Houston Bike Accident Lawyer Today
To find out how we can put our extensive knowledge, experience, and resources to work for you, call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at 281-283-8500 to receive a free, no-risk consultation with an experienced Houston bike accident lawyer today.