Bicycle Safety in Houston
Written by Greg on May 29, 2019
Bicycling is one of the best ways to get around, and it is an excellent exercise. For cyclists, sharing the road with vehicles is not always easy or safe. Drivers are not always aware of bicyclists in the roadways and when the driver does not see the bike rider, bad things happen.
Accidents that involve pedestrians and bicycles are on the rise across the country. When a vehicle collides with a bike, it can cause devastating or life-threatening injuries. If you are hurt in a bicycle accident, your medical bills might accumulate. An experienced Houston accident attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Houston Bicycle Laws
Houston has some laws in place that pertain specifically to bicycle riders. The Houston bicycle ordinance prohibits riding on the sidewalk in the business district. In areas where riding on the sidewalk is permitted, the cyclist must yield to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing someone on the sidewalk.
Cyclists must obey any signs that are in place. Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet when they ride on their own bicycle or as a passenger in any manner on another bicycle. Helmets must fit properly and be in good condition.
Houston established a helmet fund to provide bicycle helmets to children from low-income families. When cyclists ride on the street, they must obey the rules of the road. They must stop at stop signs and red lights. Bicycles should ride at the right side of the lane and ride in the same direction as motor traffic.
Bicycle Safety Tips
The following are some tips to keep in mind when you hit the road on your bike this spring:
Head injuries commonly occur when a vehicle hits a bicyclist. Cyclists should wear helmets at all times. Choose a bicycle helmet that fits appropriately and always wear the chin strap to make sure that it is secure.
- Inspect your bike to ensure that it is safe to ride before every trip.
- Your bicycle should have reflectors in front and back and on the tires. When you ride at night, you must have a working light on your bike.
- Obey traffic laws and use hand signals when you turn.
- Avoid getting into a driver’s blind spot.
- Be careful when you ride on busy streets and in poorly illuminated areas.
- When you ride with a group, stay in a single-file line.
- In areas where there are bike lanes, remain in your designated lane.
Houston has many miles of bicycle trails in place for people to enjoy riding. Bike Houston is a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization. They provide information and resources for bicyclists in the area. They also offer links to cycling clubs and offer details about upcoming events. They work to ensure the safety of bicycle riders in Houston.
Bicycle accidents can cause severe injuries. Some of the most common injuries include head trauma, broken bones, back and neck injuries, lacerations, and contusions.
If you are involved in an accident while riding your bicycle, always seek medical treatment, even if you do not immediately feel hurt. Internal injuries and head trauma can worsen if you do not get treatment right away, and symptoms may not show up for days or weeks after an accident.
Contact an experienced Houston accident attorney for help as soon as you can after an accident. The negligent driver should be held accountable for your injuries and damages. You may be owed compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Contact our legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to discuss your injury today- (281) 587-1111!