Bicycle accidents on Texas roadways have become far too common. Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States and it’s not always easy for bikes and cars to share the road. Sadly, many accident victims are young adults who may sustain injuries that impact the rest of their lives. According to reports, of the 12,789 crashes in Texas involving bicycles from 2007 to 2012, more than half of cyclists involved were under the age of 24.
When you’ve been hurt in a bicycle collision that occurred due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek justice. As an experienced bicycle accident attorney serving Texas and the Southeast New Mexico area, I’m ready to help you fight for your fair share of compensation, and your fair share of the road.
Your Rights and Duties as a Bicyclist
Chapter 551 of the Texas Transportation Code specifies that an individual operating a bicycle has the same rights and duties as a driver of any other kind of vehicle.
More specific requirements for a bicycle rider include:
- A permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle
- A bicycle must not be used to carry an object that prevents the person from operating the bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars
- A bicycle may not be used to carry more people than it is designed for
- The bicycle must not attach to any other vehicle on the roadway
- A rider moving less than the normal speed of traffic must ride in the lane marked for bicycle use or, if no lane is marked, as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway
- Every bicycle in use at nighttime must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front, and a lamp and reflector on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 500 feet
There is no mandatory statewide helmet law in Texas. However, some cities have instituted helmet laws for children under 18 years of age. These cities are Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Benbrook, Bedford, Coppell, and Southlake.