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Non-Motorized Transportation in Texas

Non-Motorized transportation is gaining popularity in today’s society. The fluctuation of gas prices has influenced workers with a short commute to seek an alternative mode of carriage.   You’ll derive benefits from a little extra exercise and fresh air. And who doesn’t want to be considered environmentally conscious by leaving less of a carbon footprint and “going green” whenever possible.

With Stephen F. Austin University such a prominent presence in Nacogdoches County, professors and students alike are rethinking their everyday mode of transportation. Bicycles, unicycles, scooters, and skateboards - just to name a few - are some of the most common methods of voyaging to and from scholastic endeavors. Traveling at different rates of speed, however, can become problematic. Especially when crossing high traffic areas with limited profile visibility leaves you vulnerable to mishap.

No matter how careful you think you are while: cruising in the direction with traffic, staying in your lane of travel, crossing intersections, or obeying all the street signs, you are still exposed to the dangers of the road. Even if you wear a helmet and other protective gear, you face the possibility of suffering catastrophic injuries when struck by any moving vehicle. To make matters worse, inattentive drivers often manipulate the facts in an attempt to hold the operator of the non-motorized transport responsible for their own injuries.

Should you be struck by any moving vehicle while operating your non-motorized apparatus, here’s some self-preservation tips to follow:

  • · If you have your cell phone handy, take pictures of the accident scene before moving your transport out of the path of travel.

  • · Scan the collision scene for witnesses. Respectfully ask if they will remain to provide a statement to police. If they are reluctant or have to leave    the scene, get their contact information so they may be reached at a later time.

  • · Call local law enforcement and have them report to the collision scene. Get a police report of the accident.

  • · Obtain all applicable information – driver’s license, insurance card, registered vehicle license number - from the party responsible for your    injuries. Observe if the at-fault party appears inebriated, under the influence, or in some form of altered state.

  • · Document all injuries you have suffered by writing down the facts of the collision. Take pictures of your injuries.

  • · Seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you don’t think it is necessary.

  • · Other than providing a police officer with a reenactment of the accident, make no statements to anyone else.

Depending on the collision locale and circumstances surrounding the parties, cyclists and skateboard enthusiasts are often considered “pedestrians.” Unsure of what may qualify as a “non-motorized” method of transport? Call us for a detailed breakdown.

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