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23-year-old cyclist injured in crash, driver not charged

A bicycle accident that occurred in Texas on March 8 left one 23-year-old male bicyclist severely injured. According to the report, the cycling group that the man was riding with believed that the driver who struck the rider should have been cited for their involvement in the crash.

The crash took place on TX-146 in La Marque, Texas. A group of cyclists were training for the MS 150. While it was not clear what exactly happened, it appeared that the driver struck him as he rode on the shoulder. Witnesses stated that the impact of the collision caused him to become airborne. He reportedly suffered road rash all over his body, had several teeth knocked out and suffered a brain injury. Additionally, he had a portion of his calf removed.

The report stated that an officer told the man that he was in the wrong and that there was not enough evidence to cite the driver in association with the accident. The local police stated that the investigation into the crash was still active, but they could not discuss the specifics of the case.

Cyclists have the right to use Texas roadways. Just like any other vehicle or pedestrian, they must follow all of the road rules. Even if they do follow the rules, however, they may still be at risk for suffering a serious head or spinal injury if they are struck by a car or other large vehicle.

If the cyclist is found to not be liable for the crash, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who hit them in order to seek compensation for damages. This lawsuit is separate from any criminal charges or citations that may be filed, so even if the driver is not charged, the injured person may still be able to hold that driver responsible.

Source: KHOU, "Cyclists believe driver deserves citation after fellow rider struck", Drew Karedes, March 10, 2014

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