Bike Riding in Austin Can Be Dangerous

Biking may be dangerous to your health and could in fact even be deadly. While bike riding is a joy, you need to be aware of everything going on around you.

Do you remember when you were a kid and you used to ride your bike down the roadway, with your dad watching you from the front yard? Those were the days. There wasn’t much traffic, everyone looked out for you and you were just going to a friend’s house. All in all, bike riding was fun and a memory you carried forward as you got older.

All bike riders need to be constantly aware of what is going on around them. While this may mean trying to have eyes in the back of your head, there are ways to ensure you are able to see what is behind you and beside you; the most important being wearing a helmet.

It’s a fact of life that bicycle riding does have it’s inherent risks and those include making mistakes while riding that cause an accident or being hit by a vehicle through no fault of your own. A good Austin personal injury lawyer worth their salt has seen several cases such as this and knows precisely how to litigate the matter.

Riding too fast for road conditions is one of the more common errors a bike rider will experience. The result being a loss of control of the bike and having it crash into something or someone. In most bike crashes, whether self-inflicted or as the result of a dust up with a car, the rider is thrown, and despite wearing a helmet, may experience pretty nasty personal injuries.

If the bike rider is the victim of an accident involving a vehicle, it is time to contact a highly experienced Austin personal injury lawyer. Cars drivers have a nasty habit of not “seeing” people on bicycles and as a net result often drive “into” them as they turn corners. On the other hand, if the driver is speeding and loses control, jumping up on the sidewalk and hitting a bike rider is not an unusual event.

Unfortunately, a large number of bicycle accidents are the result of hit and run drivers who leave the scene and the carnage behind them. In many instances, the drivers are not found, but in cases in Texas where they are found, they face a felony conviction and a possible prison term of up to five years.

Lance Sharp of The Sharp Firm is an Austin personal injury lawyer specializing in personal injury and accident law in Austin Texas. The lawyers at The Sharp Firm have a collective 40 years experience in being Austin injury lawyers. To learn more about Austin personal injury lawyer, Austin injury lawyer, Austin personal injury, visit Sharpfirm.com.