A bicyclist has been killed after an accident that occurred in the 8000 block of Fannin Street. The bicyclist was turning off a service road when he hit the train. The bicyclist was transported to the hospital, where he had surgery but later died from his injuries.
This tragic accident is the second time in a week that a bicyclist has been killed in an accident involving a METRORail train. Last week, a college professor died after riding her bicycle into the path of a train. In that case, the bicyclist did not have the right of way.
Houston bicycling safety advocates are horrified at the deaths, and are urging the passage of the Houston Bike Plan. The Houston Bike Plan is a plan to re-design streets and intersections across the city to make them safer for bicyclists. The Plan also includes education programs for the public. The Plan is going to the City Council next week.
Sadly, these accidents are not unusual. Over 600 bicyclists are killed in the U.S. every year, and another 50,000 are injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. There are a number of injuries that can be sustained in biking accidents. The most serious is typically a head injury, which can cause death or serious personal injuries. Brain injuries are the number one cause of death in bicycle accidents.
When an accident between a bicyclist and an automobile occurs, the automobile's driver may be legally responsible for compensating the bicyclist for his or her losses. That can include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, call the Houston bicycle accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call us today or visit our Facebook page to learn more.