Cities all over the country have invested in ways to encourage short range commuters to ditch their cars for bikes in efforts to reduce traffic and otherwise promote an image of well being and progressive change. However, if there’s a traffic problem, bicycle commuters could be taking their lives into their hands more often than they think en route to work.
Recently a 26 year old woman from Dallas was seriously injured in a Dallas bicycle accident on the heels of local governments working on an education plan to help increase awareness about bicyclist, pedestrian and driver safety. Officials are hoping the efforts will raise awareness of how similar accidents can be prevented.
The woman was waiting for traffic to stop for a red light at a crossing in Old East Dallas. She began crossing when a drunk driver hit her. He was jailed on charges of DUI and intoxicated assault. The bicyclist suffered a serious concussion and injuries to her neck and leg. She is undergoing physical therapy and her recovery is expected to take weeks.
Between 2010 and 2014, there were 263 fatal accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians in Dallas County. There were also over 4,000 nonfatal bicycle and pedestrian accidents. In 2010, after a bicyclist struck and killed a pedestrian on the Katy Trail, the city of Dallas began planning a safety campaign, which is expected to get a strong push through 2016. The program will provide safety tips for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. It will include stories from bicyclists in north Texas and will use billboards and bus and radio advertising to get the message out.
A free online resource called Cyclingsavvy.org also aims to help prevent accidents by improving rider’s awareness of safer practices.
It’s unfortunate that so many lives have been lost and people seriously injured in Dallas in recent years in bicycle and pedestrian accidents. If you are an injured bicyclist or pedestrian, call the North Texas bicycle and pedestrian accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys can help you with your case. You may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.