From exercise to an environmental ethos, the reasons cyclists in Austin look to two-wheeled, human-powered transportation are as varied as the quirky music venues found across the city. But even though Austin is a friendly town, it isn’t always a bike-friendly town. In fact, from 2009 to 2014, the Texas Department of Transportation found 1,430 bicycle wrecks reported to police, helping to determine the most dangerous roads for cyclists in Austin.
Guadalupe Street is the most dangerous road in the city, with 84 crashes reported. This busy street has higher than average numbers of cyclists thanks to its location near the University of Texas and is often used by students biking to and from classes. Other dangerous streets include South Congress Avenue, followed by Interstate 35, North Lamar Boulevard and South First Boulevard.
Causes of crashes can include fault on the part of a motorized vehicle driver, or it could be due to poorly maintained roadways or lack of proper bike lanes and paths. The effects of these accidents can be devastating, ranging from scrapes and bruises to more serious, life-altering injuries or even death.
Immediately after a bicycle accident, it’s important to seek medical treatment for injuries. If possible, also document the accident with photos and get names and contact information for those who may have witnessed the accident. You’ll also need to check insurance policies, both your own and that of the driver if your crash included an automobile.
Insurance of the person deemed to be “at-fault” may not be enough to cover the cost of medical care and rehabilitation. An Austin bicycle accident attorney can ensure victims of a bicycle crash get the insurance benefits they need.
Whatever the cause of a bicycle accident, the time frame to seek damages could be limited. Contact the Austin bicycle attorneys at Terry & Kelly, PLLC to discuss your case as soon as possible.
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