Bicycle crashes are common in urban areas with heavy traffic, despite many communities’ measures to protect cyclists.
In a warmer state like Texas, it is not uncommon for drivers to encounter bicyclists in traffic. Bicycles are allowed access to the roads like any other vehicle, which makes it convenient for those who enjoy this form of alternative transportation. However, it can also be dangerous, especially in a busy urban area like San Antonio.
Serious bicycle crashes are becoming more common across the country, particularly during the summer months. According to the Los Angeles Times, Texas is one of six states that make up 54 percent of all bicycle traffic fatalities from 2010 to 2012. Overall, fatal bicycle accidents have increased 16 percent across the country, more than any other type of motor vehicle accident.
Common dangers faced by bicyclists
Adult males and children are among those most often injured or killed in bike crashes. Bike riders may face a multitude of hazards near traffic, including cars turning in front of them, driving too closely or speeding and approaching them too quickly. The most serious injuries that physicians see after a bike crash include head injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and internal injuries.
Numerous communities have addressed the growing problem of bicycle crashes by implementing safety features along city roads. These include:
- Separate bike paths away from motor vehicle traffic
- Clearly specified bicycle lanes
- Traffic-calmed roads with bike lanes close to, but separate from, busier urban streets
- Bike boxes in an area just before an intersection that only bicycles may wait in
Despite these improvements along city streets, there are still many opportunities for bicyclists to become injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many drivers simply overlook the fact that bicyclists can be sharing the road with them at any time. It is easy to fail to notice a nearby cyclist, especially when traffic is busy or visibility is poor.
Cyclist struck and killed on Highway 90
One of these factors may have been the case in a tragic accident on July 9. According to the San Antonio Express-News, a 63-year-old man was riding his bike on Highway 90 and began to cross the exit lane of Highway 211. An oncoming vehicle struck and killed the cyclist. If the driver was determined to be at fault, it would not be unreasonable for the man's surviving family members to pursue compensation.
San Antonio bicyclists face great dangers due to the area's congestion. If you were a cyclist injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for the compensation of your medical bills and other expenses. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Maloney Law Group today!