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55-year-old cyclist in stable condition after bicycle accident

When cycling on Texas roads that are shared with vehicular traffic, bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable. While vehicle operators are protected by the body of the car, cyclists have very little protection -- even if they are wearing helmets. Depending on the severity of a bicycle accident, injuries may include fractured bones and back injuries, or even other catastrophic injuries, such as brain trauma.

Officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department were called to what was reported as a hit-and-run accident that involved a bicycle in the early evening of a recent Saturday. A 55-year-old cyclist was found to have suffered injuries when he was struck by a vehicle. Although it was reported as a hit-and-run incident, police said that the elderly driver who allegedly knocked down the cyclist was found close-by and had not fled the scene.

The injured victim was taken to the hospital and was reported to be in stable condition. An accident investigation is apparently underway. The police chief said that the injured cyclist also had other medical issues. No mention was made of any charges being filed at the time of this report.

Regardless of whether any criminal charges are filed after the completion of this bicycle accident investigation, the injured victim retains the right to file a civil claim for personal injury. However, sufficient evidence of negligence on the part of the vehicle driver will be required. To pursue compensation for medical and other expenses, a personal injury claim must be successfully presented in a Texas civil court.

Source: dailytribune.net, "Bicyclist injured in Saturday incident", Annette White, May 11,2015

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