Texas has bicycle laws in place that are designed to help protect cyclists – who are especially vulnerable to the impact of traffic accidents. When you’re on your bike, you don’t have the protective shell that a car affords, and even a relatively minor accident can leave you seriously injured. If this is the challenging situation you find yourself in, it’s time to consult with an experienced Plano TX bike accident attorney.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

To ride your bike at night in Texas, it must be equipped with each of the following:

  • A headlamp at the front that emits a white light, which forward traffic must see from a distance of at least 500 feet
  • Either a red reflector at the bike’s rear that is visible from a distance of at least 300 feet or a red lamp at the bike’s rear that is visible from a distance of 500 feet

Lights provide considerable protection when you ride at night – when life-threatening bike accidents are most likely.

IF YOU’RE HIT BY A NEGLIGENT DRIVER

Everyone on the road is responsible for sharing it safely with everyone else, and motorists bear a significant duty of care not only to other drivers but also to cyclists and pedestrians – who are most vulnerable to being seriously injured in traffic accidents. Driver negligence can take all the following dangerous forms, and it is often at the heart of dangerous bike accidents:

  • Distraction, which makes it more difficult to spot bicyclists on the road
  • Impairment, which is a well-known risk factor in accidents of all kinds
  • Exhaustion, which amounts to its own form of impairment
  • Excess speed, which makes accidents of every kind more likely and increases the risk that they will be deadly

IF YOU RIDE WITHOUT THE REQUIRED LIGHTS

If you’re injured by a driver’s negligence when you’re riding at night without the necessary lights or reflectors, it doesn’t mean that you can’t proceed with a bike accident claim against the at-fault driver. While you are required by law to have – at a minimum – a front light and a back reflector when you ride at night, failure to do so is only one element of your claim.

Texas employs what is called comparative negligence, which means you can seek the percentage of your losses that the driver is determined to be responsible for – as long as they bear at least 50 percent of fault in the matter.

YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED PLANO TX BIKE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN YOUR CORNER

The compassionate bike accident attorneys at The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C. – proudly serving Plano, Texas – have reserves of experience helping clients like you recover compensation for their full range of physical, financial, and emotional losses, and we’re here for you, too. To learn more about what we can do to help, please don’t wait to reach out and contact us online or call 972-380-4444 today.

Call a Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

Call us on (972) 380-4444 posthaste if you got into a bicycle accident.

Content author: Joel M. Vecchio, Attorney at Law

Credentials:

  • Texas State Bar license number 24033410, since 2001.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, admitted in 2003.
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, Juris Doctor – 2001.

Content reviewed by Abraham C. Bloomenstiel, Attorney at Law, Texas Bar Card Number: 24106962