Last week, a 48-year-old army veteran on a nationwide bicycle trek died after a traffic accident in Texas.
The San Diego, California man was on a bicycle journey called March Across America for Homeless Veterans when he was struck by a car last Thursday night on eastbound Interstate 40 near Groom. He was transported to an Amarillo hospital, where he died on Friday of his injuries.
The exact cause of the accident is currently being investigated, and charges have not been filed against the driver of the vehicle.
The March Across America for Homeless Veterans nationwide bicycle ride is aimed at drawing attention to the rights of military veterans.
The team at The Daspit Law Firm extends is sincere condolences to the man’s family during this difficult time.
NHTSA Bicycle Accident Facts & Safety Tips
Bicycle accidents are devastating and are responsible for between 600 and 800 deaths in the United States every year. More than 30,000 cyclists suffer injuries in auto accidents as well. Texas has one of the highest rates of bicyclist accident deaths in the country.
The NHTSA reminds bicyclists to always wear a helmet every time they ride. Helmets are a vital way to prevent serious head injuries in the event of an accident. It is also important to increase a cyclist’s visibility through the use of reflective clothing or equipment, and to always make sure to follow the same direction as traffic.
Drivers must remember to provide at least three feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist – getting too close is not only dangerous, but it is also a violation of Texas’s safe passing laws and could result in a fine.
Bicyclists and drivers alike are considered vehicle operators and, as such, are reminded to share the road. Both must obey all posted signals, signs, and lane markings and yield when appropriate.
Bicycle Accident Attorney in Houston, TX
The Daspit Law Firm offers free consultations to bicycle accident victims. If you have been injured in a collision with a car or truck, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Time is limited to file a personal injury claim, so don’t wait to reach out to our firm. It is our goal to maximize your compensation and minimize your stress.
You pay absolutely nothing unless we win your case. You have nothing to lose – contact a Houston bicycle accident attorney at The Daspit Law Firm at (713) 364-0915 today.