Have you or a loved one been injured due to a bicycle accident?
Van Wey Law accepts certain cases involving a cycling accident due to a negligent motor vehicle. If you are in need of a Dallas bicycle accident lawyer, please contact us for a free consultation.
What Rights Do Cyclists Have in Texas?
According to Texas law, bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists have all the same rights on the road as cars do. However, if a car and a bicycle get into an accident, the cyclist is clearly afforded far less protection than the driver.
This makes cycling on the road quite scary and bicycle accidents particularly serious. Attorney Kay Van Wey is familiar with this fear firsthand as an avid cyclist herself.
Some of the rights cyclists have in Texas:
- To ride in the road, near the curb in the same direction as traffic
- To be given safe passing distance by vehicles
- To use hand signaling when turning in the far right lane
- To ride two riders (maximum) in one lane
Riding safely on the road is always important, and cyclists are required by law to maintain a proper and functioning brake system. Helmets, though not legally required, are crucial to cycling safety and should be worn at all times. You should always carries some form of personal identification and emergency contact information as well in case of a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle.
What To Do If You're Involved in a Bicycle Accident
Even if a cyclist uses the highest level of care and caution while riding, bicycle accidents still happen. Seeking medical treatment is always the first priority following a cycling accident. Getting medical care for your injuries is crucial for your own health and for your case.
It is also important to try to preserve as much evidence as possible. For instance, do not move the bike until police arrive to investigate. Take pictures of the accident scene, of the bike, any damage or injuries. Gather the information of any witnesses to the accident.
Hiring a Dallas Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were involved in a cycling accident with a negligent motor vehicle, you may have a legal case. Reckless drivers who tailgate cyclists or pass too closely may be at fault if an accident occurred. Drunk drivers or distracted drivers can also be responsible for bicycle accidents.
While practicing safe cycling is of course key, sometimes it is out of the cyclist’s control – that's where Kay and the team at Van Wey Law come in. Our team may be able to help you recover for your injuries if you were injured while cycling by a negligent driver. Call us as soon as possible for a no-cost consultation with an experienced Dallas bicycle accident lawyer.