Dallas Bike Accident Lawyer
Dallas, TX gets more bicycle friendly every year, but driving remains the preferred mode of transportation. While some bike lanes exist for cyclist safety, many drivers simply are not accustomed to watching for bicyclists on the roadways. When motorized vehicles collide with bicycles, the cyclist loses. Without any external protection aside from a helmet, a cyclist’s life may completely change in the course of a few seconds.
The Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz represents bicyclists injured in collisions in and around Dallas, TX. We understand the changing laws and culture regarding bicycle traffic in the city and the state, and we are prepared to advocate for your best interests at every step. If you or someone you love suffers a serious injury in a bicycle collision, consider our firm your go-to resource for bicycle collision cases.
Why Bicycle Collisions Occur
Bicycle collision cases typically involve an element of distraction and other traffic violations, such as speeding or failing to follow the rules of the road. Some drivers may miss cyclists as they pull out of alleyways, while others open their doors haphazardly and hit an unsuspecting cyclist.
All of these factors constitute negligence. Drivers are charged with driving responsibly and following all the rules of the road. When they fail to do so and strike a cyclist, they are responsible for the injuries that they cause.
Bicycle Laws in Dallas and in Texas
Cyclists in Texas are granted all of the rights and responsibilities of riding on the roadways as vehicles. Specific local and state laws regarding bicycles include:
- Moving to the right to allow faster traffic to pass. A bicyclist must move as close to the right of the roadway as is safe if traveling more slowly than prevailing traffic.
- Cyclists must use appropriate hand signals to indicate stops and turns.
- Texas does not have a statewide bicycle helmet law. Dallas requires all riders under age 18 to wear a helmet.
- To maintain a level of reasonable safety, the state recommends that drivers remain watchful for bicyclists and give them plenty of room to safely maneuver on the roadways.
Dallas requires drivers to take special precautions when driving around “vulnerable road users” including:
- Completely leaving a lane to pass a bicyclist
- Reentering a lane only after passing at a reasonably safe distance
- Not throwing or projecting objects at the bicyclist
- Not taking a right-hand turn immediately after passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction (unless the driver is at a reasonably safe distance)
What to Do After a Bicycle Collision
Understanding local and state bicycle laws will help you make informed decisions about driving and bicycling around the area. Unfortunately, some drivers will not adhere to these rules and guidelines. After a bicycle collision, take the following steps:
- Obtain insurance information from the driver
- Accept medical attention
- Record everything you remember as soon as possible
- Preserve as much evidence as possible, including clothes, your bicycle, and other equipment
- Talk to an attorney
From pursuing an insurance claim to finding qualified medical support, a bicycle collision attorney in Dallas, TX will protect your rights and your ability to file an injury claim. Bicycle collisions can create challenging personal injury cases—particularly if the responding law enforcement officer fails to take a cyclist’s statement. At the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz, we will help you build a strong case and hold the responsible driver accountable for his or her negligence.
Finding Qualified Legal Help
A qualified bicycle attorney will understand more than the statutes governing local and state cases. We look at all contributing factors of a case, including the safety of the roadway, the movement of traffic, and the actions of the defendant. For more information, reach out to our Dallas, TX office for a free case evaluation.