If you’ve ever experienced a Friendswood bicycle accident, you have probably realized that some drivers seem completely unwilling to share the road. Not only that, but people in cars are less likely to be seriously injured in the crash than you are—even though they’re the ones who caused the wreck.
For instance, drivers and passengers have much less risk of head injury in a Friendswood crash than bikers do. The car’s occupants have airbags and a steel roll cage; a biker has only a helmet and his clothing. Even when wearing helmets, bike accident victims are likely to suffer neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, and premature death.
The most common factors contributing to Friendswood bike crash head injuries are:
- No helmets. Helmets are optional for bicycle riders in Texas, but they can reduce the risk of serious head injury by as much as 90 percent.
- Night riding. About half of all fatal bicycle accidents take place between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. Drivers often have trouble seeing bikers at the sides of the road or in crosswalks, especially if the biker is not wearing reflective clothing.
- Not seeing the whole road. Many drivers only pay attention to other cars. Bicycles, pedestrians and other modes of transport are often seen as secondary (when they are seen at all).
- Road sharing. Drivers will often yell at bikers or try to push them out of a lane, even though the biker has as much right to the road as a car does.
- City streets. The stop-and-go of city driving is actually more dangerous for bikes than riding on rural roads. While bikes may be easily visible from the side, from the back they are only the width of the handlebars, and are easily overlooked by drivers coming from the rear.
Our Friendswood brain injury attorneys want victims to know that there is hope and healing available after a serious head injury. We can help get your family compensation for medical bills, lost time from work, and recuperative costs that could possibly continue for the rest of the victim’s life.
If someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Friendswood, the board-certified Teas injury attorneys at Vujasinovic & Beckcom can help. Call us today at (877) 724-7800 for a FREE, one-on-one consultation or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.