More people are using bicycles in El Paso and the trend is expected to grow with increased awareness of cycling’s health benefits and low environmental impact. For many riders, the bicycle is their main form of transportation that takes them to work everyday. Other riders enjoy the freedom and experience of riding a bicycle for leisure.
However, at the same time, bicycle accidents have also increased where there are more cyclists and more drivers who are distracted on the road. Other factors affecting vehicle-to-bicycle collisions include drivers failing to yield to bicycles or refusing to share the road.
In response, the city of El Paso recently came up with the El Paso Bike Plan which is aimed at promoting cycling and cyclists’ safety on El Paso roads.
El Paso Bike Plan
The Bike Plan is a comprehensive strategy which includes:
- Data collection
- Identifying streets that are safe fore for biking
- Determining methods for making these streets even safer for cycling
- Building a bikeway
- Educating both motorists and riding public about safe bicycling and driving
The city bike plan will focus on the city streets, officials say that it will consider connections to state roadways and crossing.
Injuries from Bicycle Accidents
A bike plan encourages road sharing, but accidents can still occur on roads due to negligence and recklessness. Car-to-bicycle or truck-to-bicycle accidents often cause severe and even fatal injuries to cyclists. Such accidents can cause traumatic head injuries, arm injuries, and fractured limbs requiring extensive medical treatment and physical rehabilitation for a complete recovery. Injured cyclists often need to take time off work in order to heal while others can suffer long-term disabilities as a result of their accident.
Liability for Bike Crashes
Crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles are often complex cases that require the assessment of an experienced personal injury attorney in order to determine the immediate cause or causes. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a vehicle to bicycle collision, an injured cyclist may have a potential claim for compensation against the other car, truck, or motor vehicle.
If you or a family member is injured in a bicycle accident, an immediate consultation with your accident attorney is important.
In El Paso, Texas, the Ruhmann Law Firm has been helping injured clients obtain valuable compensation that they need to support their complete recovery. We have a number that our clients can call 24/7 as well as an emergency line that wrongful death family members can call for our legal assistance.
We invite you to call us today at (915) 845-4529 to speak to one of our friendly attorneys about your situation.