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Unsafe road conditions may cause a bicycle accident

Many Texas residents enjoy traveling by bicycle rather than car, at least some of the time, and the reasons for doing so vary. It can be a good form of exercise, save money, reduce one's carbon footprint and allow the cyclist a better view of the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, even when a cyclist follows all the rules of the road, a bicycle accident can happen.

Sometimes such accidents are a result of less than ideal road conditions, and this may have been the case in a recent bicycle accident in the Rio Grande Valley. A 19-year-old cyclist was hit by a car while riding his bicycle, and he died several days later in hospital. A young woman who is a friend of the victim approached the city commission to suggest that conditions along the rural road on which he was riding may have contributed to his death. She cited the need for a lower speed limit and better lighting along that stretch of road.

As a result, street lights will now be added to that road. In recent years, fatal bicycle accidents have become a significant problem throughout the Valley, suggesting that people need to address bike safety in other areas as well. The combination of urban and rural in this region may be a contributing factor. Cyclists may find themselves on long stretches of road between cities, where low visibility and higher speed limits may result in unsafe riding conditions.

A bicycle accident can happen to anyone and may be a result of a negligent motor vehicle driver, a municipality failing to provide safe road conditions, or a combination of both. When such accidents occur, unexpected expenses, such as hospital bills and/or funeral costs, can add to an already tragic situation. Injured survivors, or families who have lost a loved one to a fatal accident, may wish to speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer regarding the possibility of filing a civil lawsuit to pursue recovery of such costs.

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