Texas, along with all states, has “side-of-the-road” rules when it comes to bicycling. These rules require that a cyclist ride on the far right side of the road, or in a bike lane, if they are not moving as fast as auto traffic. These rules can help keep many cyclists safe on roadways, but they also account for three of the most common road accidents involving accidents:
- Cyclists hitting the open door of a parked car
- Cyclists being side-swiped by a passing car or truck, and
- Cyclists being struck by a car turning right.
Fortunately, there are additional laws that help protect bicycle riders who share the streets with cars and trucks. At Bonneau Law Firm we have helped many clients understand their rights and liability issues after an accident, including bicyclists. Our accident attorneys are here to help you. There are certain situations in which a cyclist is allowed to leave the far right side of the road, including if the street is one-way, the cyclist may ride on the left, or if there is a special bike lane provided. Here are some more:
- If the cyclist is able to keep up with moving traffic
- If the shoulder is too narrow to share safely with passing cars
- To make a left turn
- To avoid debris or other hazards
If you have been injured while riding or have been hit by a cyclist, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you understand your rights to legal compensation. Call The Bonneau Law Firm today at (972) 325-1100 to speak with a knowledgeable TX personal injury attorney.