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Local authorities in Harlingen arrested a man they believe was involved in a hit-and-run with a bicyclist.

What Happened

According to authorities, the driver of a blue Mazda — a 37-year-old man — is suspected of being responsible for a hit-and-run accident that occurred right after 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, March 2nd.

The victim, a 47-year-old bicyclist, was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Police were able to find the driver responsible for the accident with the help from an eye witness. The suspect is now awaiting arraignment.

Auto-Cyclist Accident Facts and Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) drafted a report in 2018 that analyzes pedalcyclist accident statistics from 2016. The study found that:

  • In 2016, there were 840 pedalcyclist fatalities, which accounted for 2.2 percent of the grand total of all traffic-related fatalities for the year.
  • 71 percent of all pedalcyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas.
  • The average age of those that passed away in these types of accidents during a 10-year-period (2007 through 2016) was between 40 to 46-years-old.

While bicycling is becoming a more popular method of transportation in many urban areas, we must remain conscious of our surroundings, including noting the behaviors of motor vehicle drivers and other pedalcyclists alike.

Pedalcyclists should always adhere to all traffic laws at all times.

If you have fallen victim to a hit-and-run or auto-pedestrian accident, enlist the aid of the best South Texas personal injury attorneys today.

An auto-cyclist accident can cause serious harm to the victim, and often, they are left with a tall stack of medical bills. During this difficult time, it may be easy to waive your rights to compensation, but with the help of J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys, you have the strong representation you need to fight back.

Contact us at any of our McAllen, Brownsville, or Rio Grande City offices to set up your free legal consultation.

Source: Valley Central

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