Attorney Jason Holladay

What Can Happen When Drivers Don’t Share the Road

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2020 | Bicycle Accidents

What Can Happen When Drivers Don’t “Share the Road”

Drivers can often cause serious bike collisions and injuries to cyclists. Our Spring, Texas bicycle accident lawyers will seek maximum compensation when cyclists are injured as the result of angry, distracted, negligent, or impaired drivers.

Riding a bike is a wonderful pastime and sport and for some, a way to get to work. In the age of COVID-19, many Texas residents fearing contagion turn to cycling to stay healthy and active while remaining socially distant and staying out of the gym. Although there are many health and wellness benefits, it’s important for cyclists to understand how vulnerable they are to serious personal injury in the event of a bike crash and what to do next.

Safety Tips for Cyclists

We admonish bicycle riders in Spring, Texas and everywhere to take proper precautions when taking to the gravel or roadways, including:

  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Always wear a helmet, even though it is not required under Texas law.
  • Add blinking lights.
  • Use hand signals to alert motorists of your intentions.
  • Obey the rules of the road, like coming to a complete halt at stop signs.

Motorists Can Put Cyclists in Danger

Bicycle riders have every right to be on the road, and motorists have an obligation to exercise caution or yield to them. Yet many impatient and angry drivers find cyclists to be an irritant and do not keep their proper distance. Our bicycle accident lawyers also see a number of cases when the cause for the accident was distracted driving, or the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

When it is a bicycle versus a motor vehicle, the vulnerable cyclist does not fare well when the two collide. Injuries run the gamut and can range from simple scrapes to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, which can sometimes be fatal.

What to Do When You are Involved in a Spring, Texas Bicycle Accident

Enjoy the ride, and we hope you never have to use our personal injury attorneys. But if you are involved in a bike crash, there are certain protocols to follow.

Please gather all of the information possible on the driver and the vehicle and refrain from discussing the accident with the driver – we would rather err on the side of caution and not risk the cyclist making any statement that can imply you are responsible. Do not leave the scene until law enforcement instructs you it is ok to do so. It is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. A recurring theme we have seen in our personal injury law practice is that some clients wait too long to be seen by a doctor, and it becomes harder for us to make the connection between the injury and the accident.

Finally, it is prudent to seek the qualified counsel of Holladay Law Firm, PLLC. We want to take photos and reconstruct how the accident occurred, and time is of the essence to preserve any circumstantial and physical evidence. This is especially critical with our rainstorms that can wash away evidence.

Seek Help from a Spring, TX Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Our Spring, Texas personal injury law firm will leave no stone unturned to ensure every aspect of your case is taken care of. Call 1-800-900-3319 for informed advice, or request a free consultation online.