If you are a driver in the state of Texas and you have been involved in an incident involving a cyclist, it is likely that some injury has resulted from the incident. You may be worried that you will be found to be responsible for the injuries, and even that you may be subject to legal action.
It is important that you conduct thorough research after you have been involved in any accident. The laws regarding liability are very important to acknowledge, especially when a cyclist was involved.
Will I be held responsible as a driver involved in a bicycle accident?
Since cars are much more powerful than bicycles, many drivers become concerned that they will immediately be assumed to be at fault. However, this is simply not the case. All drivers have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to act safely on the road. However, if a cyclist was acting recklessly with no regard to their own safety, it could have been impossible for the driver to avoid the collision.
What are indications that I might be held responsible?
If you were speeding, distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident, it is likely that this would have had some causal factor in the incident. Additionally, if you were driving too closely to the cyclist or did not give them enough space while overtaking, you may also be found to be at fault.
It is important that you take immediate action to make sure you are not assumed to be responsible as a driver involved in a bicycle collision.