Tulsa Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Premier representation when vehicles strike a pedestrian or a bicycle rider
Biby Law Firm is the right choice for Oklahomans who are looking for compassionate, experienced injury lawyers. If you were injured while riding your bike or walking around Tulsa, we are here to help. We work with law enforcement and with your doctors to build a case for damages on your behalf and perform our own investigations into what happened. To schedule a free consultation with a Tulsa bike and pedestrian accident attorney, give us a call today.
Why do pedestrian and bicycle accidents happen?
Many car and truck drivers think they own the roads. They fail to recognize that pedestrians do have the right to cross at the light and where there are stop signs. Drivers fail to respect that bicycle riders often have permission to cross intersections. They also have the right to bicycle in paths that are marked for bicycle riding. Some of the reasons drivers hit pedestrians, bicycle riders or people riding Lime and Byrd scooters are:
- Driver distraction. The driver is talking on the phone, texting while driving, eating, drinking, grabbing for a cigarette, or doing something that takes his/her eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.
- Driving under the influence. Drivers who have too many beers, vodkas, or glasses of wine are a danger to themselves and to anyone nearby. Pedestrians or bicycle riders who are in the path of a drunk driver have little chance for survival.
- Bad weather conditions. It’s no excuse that the weather is too icy, too snowy, too foggy, or even too sunny. When the weather is bad, drivers should either get off the road completely or they should slow down so that they can control their vehicle. Drivers who can’t see, or who can’t control their vehicle, can kill pedestrians and bicycle riders.
- Improper turns or other faulty intersection driving. Drivers need to respect the right of walkers and bicyclists to cross at intersections when the light turns green for the pedestrians and bike riders. Car and truck drivers should never run a red or yellow light. They must stop at stop signs. They need to position their car properly when making turns.
Drivers may also be liable if their vision is hidden by bushes. If the driver is too tired, he/she needs to rest. Drivers should take extra precautions if there are children walking or children on the bicycles – especially if they’re driving through a residential neighborhood.
Pedestrians, cyclists and Lime and Byrd riders due have a duty to be vigilant as follows:
- Look both ways before crossing
- Wear bright clothing and/or reflective clothing at night and when riding or walking in more rural areas
- Wear helmets when riding
- Carry flashlights when walking
- Add bells and/or headlights to bikes
- Keep cellphones charged in case of an emergency
- Always ride with traffic, and use bike lanes when available
- Always use sidewalks when available
Common injuries for bike riders, motorized scooter riders, and pedestrians in Tulsa
Because neither bicycles nor clothing offer any real protection, pedestrians and riders are often catastrophically injured when they are hit by vehicles or other riders, or when a road defect sends them sprawling. These types of injuries almost always require medical attention, and some may leave riders or pedestrians with life-long injuries. The more serious of these injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- “Road rash,” leading to infections or necessitating skin grafts
- Broken bones
- Organ damage and/or internal bleeding
In some cases, the injuries may be the result of stationary objects, too. For example, cyclists can be critically injured when a driver or passenger opens a vehicle door and the cyclist hits it. Loose gravel or dirt can cause a cyclist to slide out, or cause a pedestrian to trip and fall, leading to sprains, strains, and head injuries.
Who is liable in a pedestrian or bicycle accident in Tulsa?
The driver is usually liable when a vehicle causes a collision, but not always. A cyclist or pedestrian who darts intro traffic or doesn’t obey the rules of the road may be found partially, if not fully, liable for his or her injuries.
In cases like these, the award could be reduced by the percentage the cyclist or pedestrian was deemed at fault. This is because Oklahoma has a contributory negligence statute. It is also one reason why working with an experienced Tulsa personal injury lawyer is so important. Biby Law Firm can help prove that you are entitled to damages.
What if I’m injured in a hit-and-run?
Sometimes a driver will hit a pedestrian or a bicycle rider and then flee. We work with investigators and the police to find people who refuse to own up to their public duty to identify themselves after a car accident. If the liable party cannot be found, you may be able to make a claim through your own UM/UIM insurance policy, depending on the language and circumstances of your injuries.
What if my injuries are the result of a road defect?
There are a lot of lovely country roads outside of the city of Tulsa – perfect for a day of riding your bike or walking around with your friends. These lovely country roads, however, may not be maintained the same way, which can lead to potholes, cracked asphalt, and loose dirt or gravel. If you are injured because of a road defect, you may be able to hold the city or town liable, but there are very strict regulations for these types of cases. Make sure to call us right away to see if you can file a claim, because the statute of limitations may be different.
What rights and duties govern bicycle riders in Oklahoma?
Different towns and cities have different regulations and ordinances that govern bicycle operations. When bicycle riders are permitted to ride on any roads, drivers generally need to treat the bicycle rider like any other driver. You can access Tulsa’s full ordinance for cyclists here. Some highlights include:
- Cyclists cannot ride more than two abreast
- Cyclists should stay as close to the right-hand curb as possible when sharing the road
- Cyclists can’t park their bikes and obstruct pedestrian traffic
- Cyclists are not allowed on any of the following roads:
- The Inner Dispersal Loop (IDL)
- Sidewalks adjacent and parallel to South Peoria Avenue, from East 33rd Street to East 36th Street
- Sidewalks adjacent and parallel to East 15th Street, from South Peoria Avenue to South Utica Avenue
Make the call to an experienced Tulsa pedestrian and bike accident attorney today
Time is of the essence when a loved one is killed, or you are injured. At Biby Law Firm, we work aggressively to examine the scene of the accident, speak with witnesses, and work with the police to show why someone else caused your injuries. For immediate help with any pedestrian or bicycle accident in or near Tulsa, call us at 918-574-8458 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We handle catastrophic injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We proudly serve all of Oklahoma including the communities of Broken Arrow, Bixby, Claremore, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Wagoner, Muskogee, and the surrounding areas.