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Dallas Bicycle Accidents Lawyer

Dallas is home to thousands of avid bicyclists, both for commuting and for recreation/exercise in free time. Unfortunately, Dallas is also home to aggravated, impatient, and distracted drivers. This combination means dozens of cyclist injuries and deaths in Dallas every year. In 2016, 65 pedalcyclists throughout the state of Texas died in vehicle collisions – a 25% increase from 2015. It is up to motor vehicle drivers to operate safely around vulnerable road users such as bicyclists and pedestrians. Failure to take due care, resulting in a collision, is negligence.

Are you in the hospital because a negligent driver crashed into you on your bicycle? If so, call McGilberry & Shirer for legal counsel. The at-fault driver could owe you damages to cover your hospital bills, lost income, property damage, and non-economic harms. Get the most out of your insurance or personal injury claim with legal representation. Our lawyers can make sure an insurance company doesn’t get away with undervaluing your bicycle accident claim in Dallas.

Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities in Dallas

All cities in Texas retain the right to enact citywide bicycle ordinances, in addition to statewide bike laws. The city of Dallas – once one of the most dangerous cities for cyclists – now enforces a number of rules and regulations that apply to all roadway users in an effort to increase the safety of bicyclists. As a bicyclist in the Dallas area, here are a few rights and responsibilities to know:

  • As of 2014, adult bicyclists in Dallas no longer have to wear helmets. The city’s helmet requirement now only applies to those under the age of 18. If you were exercising your right not to wear a helmet in your accident, the defense likely cannot use this fact against you, since you weren’t breaking a law. Texas as a state has no bicycle helmet laws.
  • Bicyclists cannot ride on sidewalks in downtown Dallas business districts. They must instead ride in the roadway with other vehicles and adhere to all applicable roadway rules. If on sidewalks outside the central business district, bicyclists must yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Bicyclists must use bike paths when and if they are available in Dallas. Otherwise, they have a right to use the regular roadway. Bikers can ride two abreast of one another in a single lane but may not ride next to cars. Bicyclists should stay as far to the right-hand side of the right lane as possible except when making a left turn.

It can be difficult to keep track of all the city and state bicycle laws that apply to you as you make your way around Dallas. After a collision with a motor vehicle, don’t admit fault to the driver. Even if you’re not sure of your rights and responsibilities, don’t admit fault. Wait for police to arrive and investigate the accident. Make sure you give the responding officer your side of the story before leaving the scene. Go to the hospital for injury treatment, and then contact McGilberry & Shirer. We offer free case evaluations, so you can discuss your rights as a victim with an experienced lawyer at no charge.