Unfortunately, bike accidents can happen and are more common than you may believe. So common in fact, that the city of Austin recently updated their crash report guidelines to include bike-pedestrian collisions in crash reports.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Guadalupe Street reported the most cyclist accidents from 2009-2014, with South Congress Avenue as a close second. During this five year time period over 1,400 accidents were reported. These statistics should come as no surprise to Austinites. Students cycle to and from school using Guadalupe Street on a daily basis. Bike Rights Austin aims to reduce the high number of accidents by keeping both drivers and cyclists informed.
Types of Bike Accidents
There are two types of accidents: accidents between bikers and pedestrians and accidents between bikers and cars. Below we will break down what to do if you are involved in either type of accident.
What to do if you’ve been in an accident:
- Stay Calm
- If necessary, call 911 and notify paramedics.
- Gather contact information from pedestrian.
- If possible, take photos of any damage to persons or property.
- Seek out at least two witnesses.
- Get a police crash report- Austin’s new regulations requires police to write reports on all accidents, including those where no motor vehicle has been involved. It is the best way to make sure the proper documentation has been made, and to assure justice will be upheld if the issue is ever taken to court.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else, it’s important to talk with a personal injury lawyer experienced with bicycle accidents. McMinn Law Firm’s accident attorneys are available by phone, live chat, or web form 24/7.