Our Austin Personal Injury Attorneys Will Protect Your Rights After A Pedestrian Or Bicycle Accident
Austin is a very bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly town. The high number of bicyclists and pedestrians leads to many serious accidents in the city every year. In 2015, there were 30 fatalities resulting from vehicle-pedestrian collisions in Austin.
The Cagle Law Firm, P.C., can help you if you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident. We know the laws and safety rules motorists are required to follow when operating a vehicle around pedestrians and bicyclists. When motorists fail to adhere to these laws, your life is put in danger.
Austin Bicycle Accidents and Pedestrian Accidents are on the Rise. Why?
There are several reasons Pedestrians in Austin are being injured at an increased rate:
First, Austin traffic is seemingly becoming more congested by the day. More cars on the road means more chances that one of these vehicles will disregard pedestrian crosswalks and cause serious injuries.
Second, distracted drivers in Austin cause all kinds of injury accidents, but such dangerous conduct can prove fatal in an Austin vehicle-pedestrian collision. Although cell phone use is an obvious culprit of distracted driving in Austin, not everything can be blamed on driving and texting. The use of navigation systems in many cars, the availability of touch screen interfaces in the driver’s compartment, and the ability to use other portable devices (i.e. iPods and the like) all contribute to the increase in distracted driving.
Finally, many motorists simply do not understand the rules of the road when it comes to pedestrians. Here are some easy pointers to remember when approaching a bicyclist in Austin in your car:
The Three-Feet Rule And Other Protections For Bicyclists
Motorists are required to give at least three feet when passing a bicyclist. Larger trucks and vehicles need to give six feet when passing a bicyclist on the road. Driving too closely to a bicycle can result in a serious accident that can cause catastrophic injuries to the cyclist. For example, failing to adhere to the six foot rule can cause serious injury to Austin cyclists when equipment protruding from the bed of a commercial truck strikes a cyclist, rather than the truck itself. In such a case, the insurance company will accuse the cyclist of causing the accident instead of the truck. To protect yourself, you need a lawyer that knows the details of the rules and regulations surrounding these types of collisions.
In addition to the three-foot rule, motorists need to be aware of bicyclists on the road at all times. Generally, bicyclists have every right to be on the road. When motorists are distracted or inattentive and cause an accident, bicyclists have the right to take legal action and hold them accountable.
Austin Intersection Accidents Involving Pedestrian and Cars
Many motorists simply do not understand the rules of the road when it comes to pedestrians. The right of way rules in Texas are different depending on whether the intersection is controlled by a traffic signal. Here are some easy pointers to remember when approaching any intersection in our City:
If there is no traffic signal at the intersection
A driver must yield the right of way to a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk if there is no traffic light.
A driver must yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk even if the pedestrian is walking from the other half of the roadway. In other words, even if the pedestrian is not right in front of you, they still have the right of way as long as they are in the crosswalk.
If there is a traffic signal controlling the intersection
This is a bit easier. A motorist must yield the right of way to a pedestrian as long as the “Walk” signal is illuminated.
Austin Pedestrian Accidents And Your Rights
Many pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent, careless drivers who are not paying attention and fail to see a pedestrian crossing the street or walking on the side of the roadway. Drivers are responsible for their actions behind the wheel, and when they fail to see pedestrians, devastating injuries can happen.
Our lawyers can help you if you’ve been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident. We can explain your rights and explore your legal options. We can investigate, examine and document the factors that led up to accident, the nature and extent of your injuries, and who should be held responsible.
Don’t wait to contact us if you have been injured in an accident. It is important to collect and preserve evidence from the accident and obtain witness statements before memories start to fade and evidence is destroyed.