Last week on Friday, December 20 a 30-year-old man was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing Normandy, north of the East Freeway, on his bicycle. The man was transported to Ben Taub Hospital and was later pronounced dead. The driver has yet to be identified and the Houston Police Department is seeking help from anyone who may have information about the accident.
The deadly hit-and-run is the second fatal bicycle accident to occur in Houston within the past month. Just weeks ago, a hit-and-run accident resulted in the death of a 24-year-old woman. Her death, as well as the most recent fatality, has sparked widespread efforts to raise awareness about Houston's bicycle laws and the need for improving bike infrastructure and traffic safety. This has become a significant and important movement, as Houston's bicycling community continues to grow rapidly. Several memorial rides have already taken place.
Reducing Risks of Preventable Accidents
The state of Texas enforces numerous traffic laws, all of which are intended to reduce risks of preventable accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, and bicycle accidents. Unfortunately, not all motorists uphold their legal obligation to obey these laws or drive safely. In cases involving bicycle accidents, many drivers are unaware of the traffic laws regarding bicycles. In any event, bicycles are considered vehicles under Texas law, and riders have the same rights and duties of motor vehicle operators.
When motorists fail to safely share the road with cyclists, drive negligently, and cause preventable accidents, injured riders may have a right to file personal injury claims. With the assistance of an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer from The Daspit Law Firm, injured victims can receive the support and representation needed to file an effective claim, which will include proving another's fault and liability.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Houston that was not your fault, fill out a free case evaluation form or call (713) 364-0915for a FREE consultation.