The city of Austin is home to thousands of bicyclists. In fact, it has been rated one of the top bicycling cities in America by multiple sources. People all over the city bike their way to and from work, to run errands, and to recreationally enjoy Austin’s beautiful landscapes.
Unfortunately, every year there are a substantial number of bicycle accidents in which cyclists are struck by vehicles. In 2010, approximately 800 bicyclists were killed, and there were around 515,000 bicycle related injuries that caused emergency department visits nationwide. Between 2007 and 2011, an average of 280 cycling injuries occurred in Austin per year. Although fatalities are less common, they do happen. When it comes to the structural support for bicyclists in Austin, many criticize the lack of development. There are often no bike lanes on new roads, no bicycle boulevards, and often times bicycle lanes are shared with parked cars.
Austin has a lot of hit-and-run drivers that flee the scene when striking bicyclists. According to a study, Austin’s hit-and-run rate is 50 percent higher than the national average. Bicyclists should be vigilant in avoiding cars the best they can, and if involved in an accident to make sure to get the description of the car or license plate if at all possible. Busy streets should be avoided when possible, as these contain the highest number of bicycle accidents and fatalities.
If you are involved in a cycling accident, it is pivotal to get a personal injury attorney who is experienced in the matter. If you have recently been in bicycle accident in which you were injured, contact the attorneys at The Law Offices of Aaron Allison to fight for you.
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