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Student James Malone in fatal bicycle crash in Southlake, Texas.

James Malone, a 16-year old high school student at Southlake Carroll Senior High School died in a fatal bicycle accident in Southlake, Texas. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 8 PM in the 600 block of Byron Nelson Parkway. Malone was riding his bicycle on the parkway when he attempted to cross Lilac Lane and was hit by a car. The cause of the accident is unknown. We wonder if the driver simply did not see the bicyclist.

Bicycle and pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in Texas.

Sammy Rodriguez was killed in a pedestrian accident near Texas Tech Parkway in Lubbock. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 3 PM in the 3500 block of Marsha Sharp Freeway. Reports state that Rodriguez was attempting to cross the highway and failed to yield the right of way to the car that hit him.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims' families and communities, who we imagine have been deeply affected by these tragedies. We understand that they may have many questions and we urge them to contact a personal injury attorney who may be able to clarify their options and rights. We wonder if these cases could trigger wrongful death claims.

It is incredibly important to be aware as a pedestrian or a bicyclist when one is on the road. Since pedestrians and bicyclists have much less protection on the road than an individual in a vehicle would, they must be much more careful when they are on the road, crossing streets, or even on the sidewalk.

-- Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Texas personal injury attorney.

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