Car AccidentsProtected “Green Lanes” Safer for Austin Cyclists

June 6, 2012by Aaron Allison

Commuters in Austin are starting to have more options when it comes to how they get to work. More people are avoiding daily traffic congestion and cycling to work instead.

Riders generally must take a defensive approach while riding in standard bike lanes. Many motor vehicle drivers are not yet accustomed to watching for bikes. And many cyclists do not feel that standard bike lanes are safe enough.

In a standard lane, bike accidents occur when drivers are not paying attention or looking for bicyclists. A right-hand turn made without looking for a bike could result in a serious injury, if the car hits a cyclist. On streets with parking, car doors become a danger when drivers forget to look to their left before getting out of their cars.

To make riding safer, city planners are using a European concept called “green lanes.”

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Aaron Allison

Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.