There are still so many Motorists who Choose not to Understand that They Need to Look Out for Bicyclists on City Streets
According to The Benton Law Firm, more and more Texas cities have slowly become more bicycle-friendly, as bike lanes are installed, bicycle shops open on every corner, and new bicycle groups participate in miles of riding each weekend. However, this new push toward a biking community in every city is not without its unfortunate side effects. Texas is a state that heavily relies on motor vehicles, and as a result, many drivers do not understand that they need to look out for bicyclists on city streets.
Texas is not the only state where the number of bicycle riders has dramatically increased over the years. This is due to the many benefits that riding a bike offers. Despite the benefits, however, one must not forget the dangers that bicyclists are always exposed to, such as pollution (especially if you ride on very busy roads) and the many kinds of road hazards, like defective roads and, most especially, uncaring motorists, who do not see you and those who think that you should not be on the road.
In 2013, about 900 bicyclists died in traffic accident, while an estimated 494,000 were rushed to emergency department. In 2014, after the educational Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety programs introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began, fatal bicycle accidents went down to 720, a 20% decrease from the previous year.
Every time an accident involving a bicycle and a motor vehicle occurs, warnings on how dangerous bicycling can be, and reminders that bicyclists should be extra careful and that motor vehicle drivers should respect bicyclists’ right of way, are always made. Major road threats to bicyclists include distracted drivers, drivers who overspeed and alcohol-impaired drivers. No doubt bicycle safety programs offer a lot of safety tips to bicyclists; but it will also surely result to much better road situations if local government agencies will put in extra effort in getting dangerous drivers off the roads.
The consequences of a bicycle accident can include ongoing pain and suffering, and emotional, psychological, and financial burdens. In so many bicycle accidents, however, bicyclists did actually nothing to cause the accident. Thus, to secure the financial compensation that is needed to pay for the financial costs resulting from the accident, it the best for injured victims to seek help from a seasoned personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.Read More