A Law Firm That Knows Bicycle Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries
Our Houston legal team helps you collect damages for your biking injury
The Houston Bikeway Program includes more than 300 miles of bike paths and greenways that traverse the city’s urban center and surrounding suburban and natural areas. Adding to the many bicyclists who regularly use these routes for commuting and exercise, the Houston B-cycle bike share has made this healthy, eco-friendly form of transportation even more accessible to residents and tourists. However, biking can be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 677 bicyclists were killed and approximately 48,000 were injured in traffic accidents in the United States in 2011, an increase from the last two years.
If you were hit by a car while riding, you may have several options to recover damages for your personal injuries, and Cire Law Firm in Houston can help you with each step of the process. Attorney George “Buck” Cire negotiates with the auto insurance companies and advises you if to take your claim to trial. We are candid and straightforward, so you always know what is happening with your case.
Texas bicycle statutes
Motorists have a duty to share the road with cyclists. Those riding bikes also have a duty to obey Texas traffic laws. Under the Transportation Code, bicyclists must:
- Comply with traffic laws related to stoplights, stop signs and other traffic signals
- Use appropriate hand signals to indicate turning and stopping
- Ride close to the shoulder and travel in the same direction as traffic
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times
- Not tow another person on handlebars or a shared seat
- Have a white light in the front and a red light or reflector in the back while riding at night
Riding safely in Houston
Even if you comply with the traffic laws, drivers present a serious hazard. A distracted, drunk, speeding or reckless motorist can run into you in a split second and change your life forever.
Bike helmet laws in Texas
Besides following the applicable traffic ordinances, you can prevent catastrophic injuries by taking some important precautions:
- Although Texas does not require helmets while riding a bicycle, DOT-approved headgear can prevent brain damage during a bike wreck.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing at night to increase your visibility to drivers.
- Put your cell phone and headphones away so you can remain alert and respond to potential dangers.
- If you have children, teach them the rules of the road.
Recover damages if a motorist hit you while you were on your bike in Houston, TX
Situated in the Galleria area just off the 610 Loop, we are easily accessible to clients in Houston as well as Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Jefferson counties. For your convenience, our attorney is available 24/7 and can visit your home or the hospital if your injury prevents you from coming to our Houston office. We handle your personal injury claim on contingency, so you do not pay any lawyer fees unless we obtain compensation for you.