Unlike some of the East Coast cities, Dallas and other Texas cities are not primarily walking cities. Texans drive to their destinations and are accustomed to looking out for other vehicles but not for pedestrians who may be crossing the roadway. In most cases where pedestrians are hit, it is usually due to a driver simply not seeing the pedestrian because they are not consciously looking out for them. Nevertheless, hitting a pedestrian is just as illegal in Texas cities as it is in a pedestrian city like New York City.
Obviously, when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, major injury almost always occurs, and immediate arrangements must be made for medical care.
Pedestrian cases usually come down to the battle of who had the right of way. In order to gain evidence to support the pedestrian’s case, it is very important to quickly locate the witnesses to the incident and get witness statements regarding the pedestrian’s right to be in the particular part of the roadway and the car driver’s inattentiveness to the pedestrian.
Bike Wrecks Leave Physical and Financial Scars
Cars win the battle on the road. We can win the battle in the courtroom.
Cars and all moving vehicles must be attentive to bicycle riders. Drivers of cars must treat bicyclists with the same respect as other drivers and must certainly obey and observe the same laws. Ignorance of the laws will not protect a negligent or careless driver for causing serious personal injury to a bicycle rider.
Staggering Bicycle Accident Stats
- Careless and negligent drivers causing serious personal injury to bicycle riders and bicyclists have resulted in some staggering statistics.
- A bicyclist is fatally injured every 6 hours
- Nearly one million children are injured each year in bicycle related accidents
- Nearly half of all bicycle fatalities occur to children under the age of 16
- 75% of all serious injuries and fatalities from bicycle accidents are from head injuries.
Bike accidents are typically caused by inattentive drivers because of the following reasons:
- A car driver turning directly in front of a bicyclist
- An car entering the street from a driveway or parking spot and pulls out into traffic in front of the bicyclist
- An auto’s failure to yield at an intersection or running a stop sign or red light
- A driver’s inattention while driving past a bicyclist
- An automobile driver’s failure to look both ways when resuming travel after stopping at a stop sign
- A drunk or impaired driver.
Many cities now recognize the increase in bike traffic and have constructed special bike lanes. Parks have now made bike trails accessible to bicyclists and bike riders. However, many drivers do not respect the bicyclists’ rights to share the roads and, more importantly, many bike riders have not been educated on how to legally and safely share the roads with automobiles.
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