The Houston Chronicle newspaper recently ran a story describing 13 bicycle deaths from vehicle collisions in Houston over the past five years—some the bicyclist’s fault, some the driver’s fault. When the collision is the fault of the driver, there would be a claim for wrongful death, which is a statute in Texas that allows the loved ones of a victim to recover the damages of losing a spouse, child, of parent.
In addition to wrongful death claims, bicycle collisions injure hundreds more people every year. Motorists do not see bicyclists, because they are not accustomed to sharing the road. As long as a bicyclist observes the rules of the road, he or she is entitled to the same protections as any driver.
If you ride a bicycle in Houston, be sure to follow the rules. While helmets and knee pads won’t prevent injuries in a major collision, they may lessen the severity and will prevent injury in minor accidents.
The most important thing a bicyclist can do to prevent injury from a collision with a motor vehicle is to have brightly colored clothes and many reflectors. Make the motorist see you.
Bicycles are good exercise and good for the environment. If you are a motorist, give the bike rider some room and be patient.
If you have been injured in a bicycle collision and have questions about what you can do, please let us know.