- There are no specific statutes concerning motor vehicles and bicycles in the state of Texas. Meaning that there are no legal, safe passing distance laws, but rather cyclists and drivers share the road on an honor basis.
Bicyclists are equal to motor vehicles under rules of the road, meaning that bicyclists should:
- Ride in the designated bike lane or on the far right-hand side of the road
- Use hand signals for turning and stopping
- Use the required lights and reflectors for nighttime rides
- Obey local ordinances that prohibit riding on sidewalks
- Do not attach a wagon or trailer
- Do not carry another person on your lap or back while cycling
If a cyclist becomes injured on the road from an accident with a driver, the cyclist may be entitled to compensation for damages. Though bicycle laws are a little fuzzy in Texas, it’s important to note that a bicyclist may still qualify for compensation even if they’re partly responsible. In more severe cases, such as being hit by a driver charged with a DWI, it is more clear who may be liable and the laws can proceed as such.
To understand who may be found liable in a bicycle-motor vehicle accident, it is important to take the following into consideration:
- A driver has a duty of care to take reasonable measures to avoid a collision
- The driver did not take reasonable care and caused the accident
- You suffered bodily injuries and property damage from the accident
- You now have expenses in the form of medical bills, bicycle repair, and other financial losses
If you qualify for compensation, you could receive compensation for accident-related damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Treatment and therapy
- Reduced earning ability (temporary or permanent)
- Lost pay
- Bicycle repair or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If you've been in a bicycle accident, don't deal with the insurance company alone. Contact us so one of our Personal Injury attorneys can help guide you through this road in Texas law.