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Bicycle Accident Injury Attorney in Houston

Injured in a Bicycle Accident – What To Do?

Any accident involving a motor vehicle can result in injuries, but an accident with a bicycle can cause particularly serious trauma. Dangerous conditions on the road or uncontrolled animals can also cause bicycle accidents. Attorney Stewart J. Guss is an avid cyclist and participates in many charitable bicycle rides around Houston. Stewart Guss actually sponsors his own law firm’s riding team for the BP MS150 and rides from Houston to Austin every year to help the fight against multiple sclerosis.

No matter how careful you are when you ride your bicycle, and even if you wear a helmet and other protective gear, you face severe injuries in a bicycle accident. Stewart Guss has had the sobering task of representing many of his fellow cyclists in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, Harris County, and throughout Texas when they were injured in bicycle accidents due to other people’s negligence.

Why Choose Our Team?

As an active cyclist riding regularly around Houston on his bicycle, Stewart Guss is particularly aware of the real risks his fellow riders face. After practicing personal injury law and representing many cyclists during his 20-year career, he is in a unique position to empathize with and represent his fellow riders when a bicycle accident injures them.

  • Stewart Guss and his team believe in respect, integrity and family values.
  • Our attorneys and staff will always be there for you!
  • With thousands of miles on his bike and more than 20 years of experience representing victims of bicycle accidents, Stewart and his team will work tirelessly to recover as much compensation as possible on your bicycle accident injury claim.
  • You don’t pay us anything unless we win your case!

Choose an Attorney with Strength and Experience

For these reasons, if you are ever injured while riding your bike, hire an effective and experienced attorney to protect your rights. In the unfortunate event of a bicycle accident, Stewart Guss and his team have the experience, skills, and dedication to maximize the compensation from your case. Moreover, he takes a personal interest in every case he handles and will always be there when you need them.

If you were in a bicycle accident, call the attorneys at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law and talk about it. Do not sign anything until you speak with us because you risk losing some or all of the compensation you deserve.

Stewart Guss and his team will do everything possible to obtain the most compensation possible from your claim, and we take pride in treating our clients like family. Pick up the phone and call (281) 664-6500 to talk to us about your bicycle accident. Remember, your consultation is FREE, and you pay NOTHING unless we win your case!

Bicycle Injury Statistics

According to a 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, there is good news and bad news when it comes to bicycle accident statistics. While the total number of traffic fatalities is down, the number of bicycle accident fatalities is rising once again. These trends tell us that, as a society, we are better able to substantially decrease the overall number of fatal traffic injuries, but we are not having the same success in limiting fatal bicycle injuries. One interesting data point, although not surprising, is that either the cyclist or the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated in 12 percent of all automobile-bicycle collisions that resulted in fatal injuries.

Table 1 – Total Traffic Fatalities vs. Bicycle Injury Accident – Fatal Injuries

Year

Total Fatalities

Bicycle Fatalities

Percent of Total

2002

43,005

665

1.5

2003

42,884

629

1.5

2004

42,836

727

1.7

2005

43,510

786

1.8

2006

42,708

772

1.8

2007

41,259

701

1.7

2008

37,423

718

1.9

2009

33,883

628

1.9

2010

32,999

623

1.9

2011

32,367

677

2.1

2012

33,782

734

2.2

2013

32,893

749

2.3

2014

32,744

729

2.2

2015

35,092

818

2.3

Houston bicycle injury accident attorney Stewart Guss is dedicated not only to representing those injured in bicycle accidents, but to making the streets safer for bicyclists overall. To that end, Stewart developed and published his Interactive Houston Accident Map, allowing the public and public officials a unique source of data. You can use it to examine the trends and hot spots for bicycle injury accidents in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball, and the surrounding counties in the Houston metro area. Hopefully, this opens a dialogue as wells as a pathway to safer streets and fewer accidents for cyclists in the Houston area.

Bicycle Safety Tips

While Stewart Guss is dedicated to representing those who were injured in automobile-bicycle collisions, he would prefer that these accidents not take place at all. As an active cyclist himself, he is keenly aware of the steps that bicycle riders can take to minimize the risks of automobile-bicycle collisions in the first place:

  • Remember that under Texas law, those on bicycles are considered vehicle operators and must obey all traffic laws.
  • Bicyclists should increase their visibility by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing whenever possible.
  • Bicyclists should use a front light and a rear reflector or flashing red light, especially near dawn or dusk.
  • Never use headphones while riding on a bicycle.
  • Do not use your cell phone while riding on your bicycle. If you need to make or receive a call, pull over and stop.
  • Finally, to decrease the chance of a bicycle accident causing a fatal injury, always wear a properly fitted helmet.

Bicycle Laws of Texas

Below, find many of the primary laws regarding the operation of bicycles in Texas. By remembering and following these rules, we can all do our parts to keep the streets safe for cyclists and lower the number of auto bicycle accidents resulting in injuries in Houston and throughout Texas.

Sec. 551.101. Rights and Duties

(a) A person operating a bicycle has the rights and duties applicable to a driver operating a vehicle under this subtitle, unless:

(1) a provision of this chapter alters a right or duty; or

(2) a right or duty applicable to a driver operating a vehicle cannot by its nature apply to a person operating a bicycle.

(b) A parent of a child or a guardian of a ward may not knowingly permit the child or ward to violate this subtitle.

Sec. 551.102. General Operation

(a) A person operating a bicycle shall ride only on or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle.

(b) A person may not use a bicycle to carry more persons than the bicycle is designed or equipped to carry.

(c) A person operating a bicycle may not use the bicycle to carry an object that prevents the person from operating the bicycle with at least one hand on the handlebars of the bicycle.

(d) A person operating a bicycle, coaster, sled, or toy vehicle or using roller skates may not attach either the person or the bicycle, coaster, sled, toy vehicle, or roller skates to a streetcar or vehicle on a roadway.

551.103. Operation on Roadway

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a person operating a bicycle on a roadway who is moving slower than the other traffic on the roadway shall ride as near as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway, unless:

(1) the person is passing another vehicle moving in the same direction;

(2) the person is preparing to turn left at an intersection or onto a private road or driveway;

(3) a condition on or of the roadway, including a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, pedestrian, animal, or surface hazard prevents the person from safely riding next to the right curb or edge of the roadway; or

(4) the person is operating a bicycle in an outside lane that is:

(A) less than 14 feet in width and does not have a designated bicycle lane adjacent to that lane; or

(B) too narrow for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to safely travel side by side.

(b) A person operating a bicycle on a one-way roadway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near as practicable to the left curb or edge of the roadway.

(c) Persons operating bicycles on a roadway may ride two abreast. Persons riding two abreast on a laned roadway shall ride in a single lane. Persons riding two abreast may not impede the normal and reasonable flow of traffic on the roadway. Persons may not ride more than two abreast unless they are riding on a part of a roadway set aside for the exclusive operation of bicycles.

Sec. 551.104. Safety Equipment

(a) A person may not operate a bicycle unless the bicycle is equipped with a brake capable of making a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

(b) A person may not operate a bicycle at nighttime unless the bicycle is equipped with:

(1) a lamp on the front of the bicycle that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet in front of the bicycle; and

(2) on the rear of the bicycle:

(A) a red reflector that is:

(i) of a type approved by the department; and

(ii) visible when directly in front of lawful upper beams of motor vehicle headlamps from all distances from 50 to 300 feet to the rear of the bicycle; or

(B) a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear of the bicycle.

Sec. 551.105. Competitive Racing

(a) In this section, “bicycle” means a nonmotorized vehicle propelled by human power.

(b) A sponsoring organization may hold a competitive bicycle race on a public road only with the approval of the appropriate local law enforcement agencies.

(c) The local law enforcement agencies and the sponsoring organization may agree on safety regulations governing the movement of bicycles during a competitive race or during training for a competitive race, including the permission for bicycle operators to ride abreast.

What Should You Do if You Were Hurt in a Bicycle Accident?

While following the bicycle accident tips above can significantly reduce your risk of injury in an accident, you can never fully account for the negligence of others. In the unfortunate event that you are hurt in a wreck caused by a driver, you can maximize your chances of recovering compensation by:

Collecting information – If you are not too injured to do so, gather information about the way your accident occurred and the people involved. Get the name of the driver as well as the car’s license plate number. If possible, take pictures of the aftermath of your accident and get contact information from any witnesses.

Seeing your doctor – Always see a doctor after an accident. This is true even if you believe that your injuries will resolve without medical treatment. Doing so will generate evidence you can use to establish your damages with the insurance company or the court.

Retaining an attorney – The best way to protect your legal rights is to secure the representation of an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. A lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf and ensure that you do not say or do anything that will hurt your claim. In addition, your lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement that adequately compensates you for all of your losses. Finally, if the insurance company does not make you a reasonable settlement offer, your attorney may file a personal injury lawsuit.

Bicycle accident lawyer Stewart Guss understands how to most effectively represent bike accident victims so they can recover the full amount of compensation possible. If you have been injured in a bike accident, it is imperative that you speak with a Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free case evaluation with the attorneys of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, call today at (281) 664-6500 or send us an email through our online contact form. Remember—you pay us nothing up front when we take your case, and you pay us nothing unless and until we’ve won your recovery.

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