Tragedy struck the Houston biking community three times in just three weeks. Three bicyclists were killed by automobile drivers within a three week time span. Normally, about five bicyclists a year are killed in Houston, which makes this an alarming spike in deaths.
The first death occurred in late May, when a cyclist was hit by a car in Bellaire near the corner of Bissonnet and Newcastle. It’s still not clear if any charges will be filed against the driver. The second death occurred when a cyclist was trying to cross South Post Oak Road on June 5. In that accident, police have decided that the driver had the right of way. No charges are expected to be filed.
The third accident occurred June 15. A bicyclist and an Isuzu truck were stopped at a red light at Antoine and Long Point. The driver remained at the scene and told police officers he did not see the bicyclist either at the light or when he drove through the intersection. An investigation is ongoing, although some say it’s possible the driver could be cited for violating the city’s safe passing ordinance. The safe passing ordinance requires drivers to give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing. However, the city’s safe passing ordinance is rarely enforced, even though collisions involving cyclists are an ordinary occurrence.
In most cases, when an accident occurs between an automobile and a bicycle, the automobile’s driver is at fault. Many drivers are distracted and fail to pay careful attention to the roads, which can result in the driver not seeing the bicyclist. If you are a bicyclist and you are injured by an automobile, you are entitled to damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a Houston automobile crash, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Facebook to learn more.