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Bicycle Accidents in Texas & How to Avoid Preventable Wrecks

Bicyclists are considered motorists with the same legal rights and obligations to be safe when traveling as drivers of automobiles. Unfortunately, they are also the most vulnerable motorists on the roadways, can be easily overseen by inattentive motorists, and often suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries when they are involved in collisions with motor vehicles.

According to a recent report from the League of American Bicyclists, Texas ranks 22nd in the nation when it comes to being a bicycle-friendly state. Although this is not the worst, it is certainly not the greatest reassurance to Texans who choose to ride bikes as a form of commuting, exercise, or recreation.

The safety report noted the following about Texas and bicycling safety:

  • Texas received the lowest score possible in two areas of the report – funding and infrastructure, and evaluation and planning.
  • The state does not spend an adequate amount of funding it receives from the federal government on bicyclist and pedestrian safety.
  • One of the best ways to improve bicycle safety in the state would be to pass a statewide safe passing law. Currently, only certain communities in the state, such as Austin, have this rule. In 2010, Governor Perry vetoed a proposed bill that would have mandated a 3-foot passing law when motorists pass cyclists. More than 20 states across the country have such a law.
  • Additional improvements could also come in the form of vulnerable road user laws and a statewide distracted driving ban against cell phone use and texting while driving. Currently under Texas law, using cell phones or texting behind the wheel is prohibited only for certain drivers (bus drivers or novice drivers) or in certain areas (school zones).

Even without laws and better roadways that more favorably accommodate bicyclists, everyone can do their part to share the road and reduce the risks of preventable bicycle accidents. Here are a few ways you can stay safe as a driver or a bicyclist.


  • Always wear a helmet
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing
  • Equip your bike with reflectors and lights for increased visibility
  • Obey all rules of the road and traffic laws
  • Exercise extra vigilance when approaching intersections or making turns


  • Always drive defensively and anticipate what others might do on the road
  • Never drive distracted or under the influence
  • Yield to bicyclists just as you would a motor vehicle
  • Always use mirrors and check surroundings before backing up, making turns, or entering intersections
  • Give bicyclists a safe distance when passing or move into another lane when possible

At Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C., our San Antonio injury lawyers know that negligence and moments of inattention can have disastrous consequences on the lives of victims and their loved ones. Do your part to keep yourself safe whenever you ride a bike or get behind the wheel. It could save a life.

Injured in a bicycle wreck? Contact our team to discuss your rights during a free consultation.