Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrian and Bicycle accidents are often very serious, if not deadly. Walkers, runners, and bicycle riders almost always end up with grave injuries after being hit by a car or other motor vehicle. These include brain damage caused by closed- or open-head injury; spinal cord paralysis; internal organ damage; broken or crushed bones; and contusions ("road rash").
Every year, more than 500 pedestrians and cyclists are killed when struck by motor vehicles in Texas. While there are numerous causes, the majority of pedestrian and bicycle accidents can be attributed to inattention and distraction on the part of the motor vehicle driver. In many cases, drivers simply do not see the walker, runner, or cyclist until it is too late. In other cases, the driver is texting or otherwise using a phone or handheld device, and do not have their eyes on the road. Unfortunately, this is often compounded by careless or negligent driving – and so a minor traffic violation can lead to tragedy.
Common Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents:
- Alcohol Use – Alcohol involvement is reported in almost 50% of fatal pedestrian accidents and 35% of fatal bicycle accidents
- Distracted Driving – Drivers who text or talk on the phone often fail to pay attention to the roadside, or see pedestrians and cyclists too late
- Right-of-Way Violations – Car drivers in Texas are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle just as they are to any other vehicle; many do not
- Disobeying Traffic Signs or Lights – Many drivers do not pay attention to or follow the rules for designated crosswalks or crossing signals
What to do Next
If you or a loved one have been involved in a collision with a motor vehicle while walking, running, or cycling, it is important to get started on the case immediately, or important evidence and testimony may be lost. Because physical evidence may disappear, it is important to take photos, and ensure any of the vehicles or equipment involved is preserved. Contacting a lawyer early on can facilitate this process.