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Bicyclist Killed by Truck

March 18, 2013

A female bicyclist was tragically killed in Arlington earlier this week. The woman, who is believed to be in her 40s, was riding beside West Pioneer Parkway. Her bicycle veered slightly into the road and she was hit by a passing truck. She was killed in the accident. The driver of the truck stopped to help and was cooperating with police. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Bicycles are the most vulnerable vehicles on the road. Bicycles lack the protection of cars or the speed of motorcycles. Bicyclists must take extra precautions to protect themselves so they are not injured or killed while bicycling in the Dallas area. Here are some safety tips to follow if you plan on bicycling on public roads:

–         Wear your helmet. When you get on a bicycle, automatically put on your helmet. It’s as important as wearing a seat belt in a car. Bicycles offer no protection to your body in the event of an accident. Protect your head by wearing a high quality helmet.


–         Be alert. Besides wearing a helmet, this is perhaps the most important safety precaution you could take. Be very aware of the traffic around you at all times. Don’t assume other drivers will see you or will yield for you. Drive very defensively. Although we don’t know what made the woman in Arlington swerve into the road, it’s possible she was trying to avoid a pothole or wasn’t paying attention. It would be better to hit the pothole and risk an accident or to swerve into the shoulder than to swerve into the road unless you are aware of the traffic behind you.


–         Don’t ride too closely to trucks. Large trucks have large blind spots. Don’t ride in those blind spots and keep your distance.


–     Ride with traffic. Always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic means you can’t see stop lights or traffic signs.


Following these few basic safety tips can mean the difference between life and death or serious injury for bicyclists. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in the Dallas area, call the Dallas bicycle accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.

An accident that occurred in Dallas over the weekend is causing more people to call for additional bike lanes on Dallas’s roads. The accident happened on Saturday when a car slammed into a 32 year old bicyclist who was riding his bicycle on the Jefferson Boulevard viaduct. The impact of the crash threw the bicyclist into the car’s windshield and broke his neck, but doctors are hopeful the man can make a full recovery. The man is a very experienced bicyclist – he bikes 40 miles around Dallas daily.

 Last year, city officials announced plans to add hundred of bicycle lanes across Dallas. However, city planners realized in December that the city didn’t have the $16 million needed for the project. City officials are looking for extra money in the budget to cover the lanes, but say that donations will probably be necessary.

 In the meantime, there are steps you can take to avoid an accident with a bicyclist while you are driving. Probably the best thing you can do to avoid an accident is to focus on the road rather than allow yourself to become distracted by a cell phone or passengers. You should also, of course, obey all traffic laws. If you are riding in an area that is used a lot by bicyclists, make sure to allow room in your lane in case they ride beside you.

 Have you been injured in a bicycle or car accident? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We are experienced at helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve.

Tragically, a bicyclist was hit by a suspected drunk driver on Euless Boulevard last Sunday. The bicyclist was hit by an SUV, and remains in very critical condition. The man was unidentified for several days before police released a photo of him, and he was identified shortly thereafter.

It’s always tragic when an accident involving a drunk driver occurs, because it could so easily have been prevented. Although there is probably nothing this bicyclist could have done to avoid the accident, there are ways to try to stay safer while biking in Dallas. Unfortunately, according to the NHTSA, between 600 and 800 bicyclists were killed in U.S. traffic accidents each year between 1998 and 2008.

First, be sure to wear a properly fitted helmet. Many of those killed in biking accidents die due to head injuries. Also, make sure your bicycle is adjusted to fit your body. Is your bicycle in good working order? Do your brakes work? Are your tires inflated properly?

Second, it sounds like common sense, but don’t ride a bicycle if you are under the influence of alcohol. Tragically, alcohol is a factor in around one-third of accidents that result in bicycle fatalities in the U.S., either because the bicyclist or a driver was drinking.

Finally, be sure to be visible, alert and let others know of your intentions. Wear bright colors or neon when riding, even during the daytime. Put reflective tape or lights on your bicycle, especially if you plan on biking at night. Keep alert for the actions of other drivers and be ready to stop if necessary. Signal all turns or lane changes.

Bicycling can be a fun hobby and a great way to keep in shape, but it’s important to keep in mind that drivers may not always be alert to your presence. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in the Dallas area due to the negligence of another driver, contact Kris Barber, Dallas personal injury attorney, at 972-231-5800. He will advise you on whether you have a cause of action against the driver, and what your next steps should be.

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