A bicyclist died on Wednesday, December 9, after being struck by a car in North Houston. The collision occurred as the man was attempting to cross a 7-lane highway.
Details Involving the Bicycle-Car Accident
Houston authorities report that a man died on Wednesday after he was struck by a car at around 8 p.m. The accident happened in the 1300 block of West Mount Houston Road near Deer Tail Drive. The cyclist was crossing the 7-lane highway when he was hit by a westbound vehicle.
After the crash, the man was transported to a nearby hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Authorities state that the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident stayed on the scene and cooperated with their efforts.
Bicyclist Car Accident Fatalities in Texas by the Numbers
There are lots of benefits that come with cycling, from the environmental impact of driving less to the health benefits of exercise. However, it’s important to also be aware of the potential risks of cycling so that you can avoid those risks when cycling in Texas.
To begin, Texas ranks just below the middle of the pack when it comes to bicycle safety in U.S. states, receiving the 27th spot in 2019. According to The League of American Bicyclists, this is due to a relatively low number of cyclist-friendly actions and C-rankings for funding, infrastructure, education, legislation, policies, and programs. Texas did earn a B for evaluation and planning, but it’s clear that there is room for improvement in Texas’ bicycle safety.
On that front, there is some cause for optimism. According to data gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), while cyclist-car accidents in Texas have risen by roughly 28% between 2010 and 2019, fatality rates have fallen in recent years. Between 2018 and 2019, cyclist fatalities fell by over 4%. Unfortunately, in that same period, overall cyclist car crashes actually increased by nearly 5%.
With the above trends in mind, we at Lapeze & Johns want to do our part to help Texas cyclists stay safe. To that end, we’ve put together a simple set of tips that cyclists can follow to stay safe and avoid crashes while riding on the roads in Texas.
Remember, helmets can reduce your risk of serious injury by as much as 85%, and riding classes can help you improve your riding and safety techniques. Don’t forget, you can download and share our tips with all of the cyclists in your life to help them stay safe on Texas roads.
If you’ve been involved in a bicyclist-car accident in Texas, contact the Houston attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for help seeking relief.