Both children and adults enjoy riding bicycles in Texas throughout the year. However, it can be very challenging to ride bikes in cities dominated by cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Our Fort Worth personal injury law firm often sees the results of many serious bicycle and vehicle accidents. Many of them are caused by careless car drivers who ignore the rights of those riding in designated bicycle lanes or otherwise abiding by all traffic laws.
Obtaining Fair Compensation for Your Bicycle Injuries in Texas
If you (or your child) have suffered serious bicycle accident injuries that were directly caused by the negligent conduct of another, please call Fort Worth personal injury attorney Tom Hall so he can evaluate the facts of your case. He’ll tell you if he believes that filing a lawsuit will allow him to secure a positive outcome on your behalf.
Mr. Hall is board certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He’s been practicing in this field for over 30 years. You can contact Mr. Hall’s office by calling 1-817-831-6100 today and requesting your FREE consultation.
If we believe we can win your case and are successful, you’ll receive compensation for all pain and suffering, current and future medical bills, and other related expenses. Depending upon the age of the bicycle accident victim, you may also be entitled to recover for all current and future lost wages due to the accident.
We currently represent bicycle accident victims whose injuries include:
- Fractures or broken bones
- Severe or traumatic brain injuries
- Disfigurement or loss of limbs
- Extensive bodily scarring
- Crushing injuries
How Prevalent Are Bicycle Injuries, Especially Among Children?
According to one group of Texas experts, the following statistics reveal pertinent bicycle safety information and accident data:
- Although about 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, only about 15-25 percent of them regularly where safety helmets;
- “Head injury is the most common cause of serious disability and death in bicycle crashes;”
- Children between the ages of 10 and 14 tend to suffer a large percentage of traumatic brain injuries in bicycle accidents since so few in this age group are willing to wear helmets;
- Every year in Texas, approximately 119,000 emergency room visits are made due to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) -- many of them due to bicycle accident injuries.
Often, our clients ask us for advice to help prevent future bicycle accidents. Here’s some of the general information we often share. (However, we also recommend that you visit other websites like SafeKids.org and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for additional tips on this topic and others).
Safe Bike Riding Tips and Suggestions
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet. Be sure your family isn’t simply sharing one or two helmets that may not fit each person properly. “A properly worn helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.” When a child wears a poorly fitted bike helmet, he’s “twice as likely to suffer a head injury as one wearing a properly fitting helmet;”
- Discourage children from riding their bicycles after dark. If either an adult or child must ride a bicycle at night, be sure all proper reflective outerwear is worn and a fully functioning light is mounted on the front of the bicycle. Also, be sure adequate reflectors and even flashing lights, as recommended by your local bike shop, are displayed to further raise visibility to drivers;
- Always walk your bike across busy traffic intersections and railroad tracks. Failing to do this can greatly increase the chances of being injured. Also, never “jaywalk” with your bicycle while crossing a street;
- Where and when it’s lawful, consider riding in designated bike lanes and on sidewalks. However, be sure to watch carefully for vehicles pulling in and out of driveways and alleyways;
- Use proper hand signals for turning and obey all traffic lights and signals, just like all moving vehicles. Those who try to “cheat” when riding their bicycles are frequently hit;
- Always wear/carry proper bike gear – which includes helmets and carry a first aid kit. Likewise, give serious thought to buying the best shoes to give you traction and try to wear clothes that increase your visibility. Also, carry a first aid kit that can help you or a fellow rider handle the initial stages of an injury, even if it just means cleaning out a wound;
- Safely carry small, spare bike parts and a tire pump. Teach yourself and your children how to change an inner tube and carry other repair equipment as suggested by your local bike shop;
- Always carry a fully charged cell phone so you can call for help (though never use it while actually riding your bicycle);
- Avoid riding during bad weather – either take public transportation or arrange a ride without someone else if you don’t own a car;
- Try to avoid the busiest intersections, especially during rush hour or when schools are letting children leave for the day;
- Never allow another person to ride on your bicycle handles or elsewhere on your bike, other than on a second seat;
- Have your bicycle regularly checked and obtain all necessary repairs. Far too many people ignore this step and find themselves both injured and far from home due to a minor bike malfunction that proper maintenance could have possibly prevented;
- Always drive defensively. As you know, you’re far more vulnerable than all of the heavy vehicles around you. Also, never decrease your alertness to your surroundings by wearing any type of music earplugs or headphones. That type of distraction can shut out the last possible auditory warning you may receive before being hit by a car.
Call the Law Office of Tom Hall in Fort Worth today at 1-817-831-6100 for your FREE consultation.