How Exposed are E-Bike Riders in Dallas?
E-Bikes are becoming a favored way to get around in Dallas, but these handy vehicles come with some serious risks. Any e-bike rider is required to follow the rules of the road, and is subject to several specific Texas bike laws.
E-Bike Laws in Texas
When riding an e-bike, the law restricts how you operate the bike:
- If you are moving slower than the traffic, you are required to ride as close to the right curb or side of the roadway until passing another vehicle, or planning to turn left at an intersection, or onto a private road or driveway unless a road condition, parked vehicle, pedestrian, animal, or road hazard prevents you doing so.
- You can ride two abreast but are not allowed to impede the reasonable flow of traffic when doing so.
- You cannot carry more people on the e-bike than it was designed to carry.
- You cannot carry an object that prevents you from having at least one hand on the handlebars.
- The e-bike must be equipped with lamps on the front and rear of the approved type.
- You must follow the rules of the road.
E-Bike Accidents in Dallas and Your Rights
If an e-bike rider is injured in an accident with a vehicle, a full investigation of the accident will occur to determine whether the e-bike rider or the driver was responsible. Drivers will be held responsible for catastrophic injuries (injuries that have serious, life-altering consequences, such as impairments, permanent disabilities, amputations, paralysis, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, or disfigurement) when it is established that the driver operated a vehicle in a negligent manner.
Negligent Driving and E-Bike Injury Accidents
Drivers who fail to operate a vehicle safely and hit an e-bike rider must be held accountable. Some of the most common acts of negligent driving conduct that resulted in catastrophic injuries to an e-bike rider include:
- Distracted driving
- Lane changes
- Drunk or drug intoxication
- Reckless driving
- Fatigued driver
A driver who has failed to exercise reasonable care when sharing the streets in the Dallas Fort Worth area and hits an e-bike rider, leaving the rider facing catastrophic injuries, must be held accountable for their actions. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, a settlement can be pursued, or a lawsuit filed to seek justice and full compensation through the civil court system.
How to Choose a Lawyer
At The Lenahan Law Firm, our legal team is focused, dedicated, and recognized as being among the leading injury law firms in Texas. We take on e-bike cases that led to catastrophic injuries and are known for the exceptional quality of our legal work, and for achieving high value settlement and verdicts.
Many law firms in the Dallas area function as “injury mills.” These well-advertised firms may not have the time or professional resources the injured person desperately needs. For a case of catastrophic injuries, you need an attorney that will devote their full attention and focus to the case, genuinely cares about the outcome, and will go above and beyond to pursue a fair outcome, including taking the case to court if necessary. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we take our responsibility to our clients very seriously, and take on a limited number of serious injury cases and devote the full resources of our firm to every case.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries in E-Bike Cases
Being hit by another vehicle while riding an e-bike is exceptionally dangerous. The e-bike operator is unprotected, thrown onto the roadway or sidewalk, with disastrous physical consequences. Some of the common catastrophic injuries that can occur include:
- Quadriplegia, paraplegia
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Shattered bones
- Disfiguring abrasions or lacerations
- Brain damage
- Vegetative state
When You Need an Attorney: E-Bike Accidents and Compensation
When an e-bike rider sustains catastrophic injuries, they face a future of difficult challenges, and may require constant medical or nursing care, can no longer work, and suffer almost unimaginable personal losses. The full scope of the damages must be valued, and aggressively pursued by a Dallas bicycle accident lawyer who genuinely cares about the outcome and dedicates all the time and resources needed to seek a positive outcome.
Call Our Firm Today
If you or someone you love has suffered catastrophic injuries in an e-bike accident, call The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 immediately for a free case consultation. No legal fees unless we are successful.