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Bicycle accident in Texas leaves cyclist in critical condition

Cyclists are seen in increasing number across Texas. For some, this is a recreational activity, while this is their preferred mode of transportation for others. Regardless of a cyclist's reasoning for being out on the road, safety is a huge concern as being involved in a bicycle accident can have serious physical consequences. The human body is incredible in all that it can do, but unfortunately, it doesn't stand much of a chance when placed head-to-head with an automobile.

In an effort to improve cyclist safety, many cities are adding bike trails and bike lanes. The city of Austin recently added the Walnut Creek Hike & Bike Trail that is over 10 miles in length and gives riders a safe place to go. Unfortunately, around the end of September, a cyclist near this specific trail head was struck by a car and suffered critical injuries in the crash. Her current condition is unknown.

At this time, it is uncertain if the cyclist was indeed heading to the trail at the time of the incident. Officers have yet to release information regarding the cause of accident. It has been reported that the driver involved is cooperating with local law enforcement in this matter.

A bicycle accident like this will typically require extensive medical care, rehabilitation and time to recover for the victim. All of the above can have significant physical and financial consequences. If negligence is suspected on part of the driver in this collision, the cyclist may choose to file a personal injury claim to seek recovery of their financial losses. If liability is affirmed by a Texas civil court, pecuniary compensation may be awarded to provide for any damages recoverable according to state laws.

Source: kxan.com, "Bicyclist in critical condition after crash near bike trail", Lindsay Bramson, Sept. 22, 2014

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