Two Bicyclists Killed in Houston, Prompting Calls for Safety Changes

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Houston residents and members of the cycling community are pushing Houston city officials to take action after two bicyclists were killed about a week apart in Houston’s Museum District. The first accident occurred on April 24. A bicyclist died after a crash at Main Street and Sunset Boulevard near Rice University. She and her husband had just finished lunch, and the woman was on her way back to work.

The second accident occurred a week later near the same intersection. A Rice University professor died after riding her bicycle into a train’s path. After the second accident, cyclists asked Houston city leaders to do something about the intersection.

Houston Public Works announced that Metro and the City are working together to improve intersection safety. One of their projects will prevent traffic on Sunset from continuing eastbound to Fannin and will instead direct motorists to turn on Main Street. The City has been working on changes for the past year and has approved a conceptual design. Construction is expected to begin upon approval of the final design.

Unfortunately, bikers in Houston face challenges in staying safe while biking in the city. In addition to some poor traffic designs, many drivers are rushed or distracted and may not always see bicyclists until it is too late. If you are a bicyclist who has been involved in a serious accident with an automobile, it’s important to explore your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

Call the Houston bicycle accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have been the victim of a bicycle accident caused by another party. You can also learn more about our firm on LinkedIn.
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