Cyclists in and around Sugar Land, Texas are at risk whenever they enter the roadways. A bike offers very little protection from the massive weight and size of a car or truck. However, drivers of motor vehicles have the responsibly to be aware of cyclists who they are sharing the roadway with. Sometimes drivers are so careless that they fail to notice cyclists - which can be particularly easy if a driver is intoxicated.
A recent arrest is Texas highlights the dangers drunk drivers pose to cyclists and to all drivers on the road. In this case, a 24-year-old woman was riding her bike home from work around 10:20 p.m. one evening. According to reports, a 35-year-old woman was apparently intoxicated and hit the cyclist. Instead of stopping, however, the driver continued on.
The cyclist was found a short time later with very serious injuries. She was taken to a local hospital but died a few days later. The suspected drunk driver accused of hitting the cyclist has been charged with criminal punishments that could put her behind bars for up to 20 years.
Drunk drivers pose a danger to anyone and everyone near or on the Texas roads. Their careless behavior makes them more susceptible to causing serious and fatal injuries to those who are unlucky enough to cross their path. While criminal punishments may seem to offer some justice for drunk driving accidents, a civil option is also available.
Those who have been injured by drunk drivers - or the families of those killed - have the right to bring a civil suit. An accident caused by a drunk driver can leave people with massive bills and expenses. A civil suit can help to ensure that the drunk driver is the one paying for this damage and not the victims of these preventable accidents.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Houston woman arrested in cyclist's hit-and-run death," Dane Schiller, Feb. 5, 2014