A 28-year-old bicyclist is dead following a crash with a vehicle in Cedar Park Monday morning.
Details of the Fatal Cedar Park Bicycle Crash
According to the Austin American-Statesman, the fatal crash occurred around 11:50 am Monday at the intersection of S. Bell Boulevard and E. Little Elm Trail.
The bicyclist, Corey James Been, was rushed to the hospital following the crash where he later died.
The accident remains under investigation, and details on how the crash occurred were not immediately available.
The Austin American-Statesman reports this is the second fatal crash involving a bicyclist to be reported in Cedar Park in the past three months. On August 22, David Lutz, 67, of Austin died after police found him with life-threatening injuries at Cypress Creek Road and El Salido Parkway.
What Are Some Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents?
When a bicycle accident does occur, it may not be immediately clear who is at fault. Below are a few common examples of bicycle accidents and who is typically at fault.
- A Car Pulls Out from a Side Street or Parking Lot – This is probably the most common cause of bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle. Studies have found that drivers tend to look into the middle of the road for oncoming traffic (where cars would normally be) and often fail to check bike lanes or sidewalks. In this example, the driver is at fault as the bicyclist would have the right-of-way.
- A Driver Opens their Car Door into a Bicyclist – Motorists often fail to check their rear-view mirrors and blind spots for bicyclists before opening their door. In this case, the motorist would again be at fault provided the bicyclist was traveling in the same direction as traffic. If the bicyclist was traveling in the wrong direction, it could be shared fault.
- A Car Turns in Front of a Cyclist – If a car turns in front of a bicyclist, it is the motorist’s fault. Drivers are expected to check for motor traffic, bike lane traffic, and pedestrian traffic before completing a turn.
- A Car Hits a Bicyclist Traveling in the Same Direction – Currently, Texas does not have a state law for safe following distances or safe between distances when it comes to bicyclists. So, there can be confusion about what a safe distance is. Still, if a motorist strikes a bicyclist from behind, side-swipes a bicyclist, or enters a biking lane occupied by a cyclist, they will normally be held at fault.
Contact an Experienced Austin Bicycle Accident Attorney
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