Houston, TX – A Houston, Texas fireman was killed in a cycling accident.
According to Click2Houston, Walter Luna, an Engineer Operator for the Houston Fire Department, was killed in a bicycle accident. He was off duty at the time of the accident.
Luna served as a firefighter for HFD for over 26 years and was stationed at Fire Station 72D.
What Are The Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents With Motor Vehicles?
People of all ages ride bicycles. Some ride bicycles for leisure, some ride as a form of exercise and others ride as a mode of transportation. Whatever the reason, riding a bicycle can be fun, relaxing and healthy for your body and the environment.
While some cities, such as Houston, have created dedicated cycling lanes, cyclists still have to share the road with cars and trucks. Some of the vehicles on the road can be 18-wheeler tractor-trailers or other big commercial vehicles. Having to share the road with motorized vehicles that are faster and heavier compared to a bicycle creates the potential for a catastrophic accident leading to serious injuries or death. The following are common acts a motorist can do that can lead to a bicycle accident:
- Distracted driving (texting)
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failing to yield
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to follow traffic control devices
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Turning without looking
- Opening vehicle doors without looking
- Not leaving adequate buffer or space between the bicycle and the motor vehicle
How Can Bicyclists Prevent Accidents with Motor Vehicles?
In a crash between a motor vehicle and a bicycle, the motor vehicle will always win. This is because of the speed, force and size disparity between the two. To help prevent, or at least minimize, an accident with a motor vehicle, cyclists should do the following:
- Follow all traffic control devices
- Ride near the curb and in the same direction of traffic
- Ride with both hands on the handlebar
- Use arm signals when turning
- Wear reflective or bright colored clothing
- At night, ride with a front light and flashing rear light
- Avoid riding under the influence.
HRSLawyers.com posts these articles to keep the Greater Houston community informed about traffic accidents and other news. These blog posts are not intended to give legal advice. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a similar accident and need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact the Houston, TX Personal Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Redden Sunosky, LLP. Our lawyers can help you find answers and obtain monetary compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Categories: Bicycle Accident; Wrongful Death