Bicycle Accidents In Arizona
Rising fuel costs in the capitalist era have made bicycles more popular than ever. Also, the rise of eco-consciousness has brought more popularity to bike as transporting vehicle. But increasing number of bikes means an increasing number of accidents- and they often lead to disfigurement, injury, and death.
Bicycle accidents take place on all kind of roads, during any season or whether, under all conditions. Some conditions are more dangerous than others. Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for the cyclist because they can be struck by a vehicle that disregards the cyclist’s right-of-way.
Bike riding is an everyday activity in Arizona. During 2011. 1604 people were injured and 24 people killed.
When can cyclists make a claim
When motorist negligently strikes someone riding a bike, that bicyclist can make a claim against them for his/her damages, including medical bills, suffering, pain, disfigurement, lost wages and other losses caused by accident.
Biking injuries are often involving a motor vehicle because bikers have nearly nothing protecting them. We see injuries like multiple fractures, back & neck, physical wounds and severe head trauma. Sometimes, low impact collisions can cause serious damage.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents
The harsh reality is that your physical safety is at risk every time you get on a cycle. Drivers are not the only problem on the road. Serious contributors are also lack of signs, road shoulders and bike lanes. Still, driver inattention is still the most common precursor to the collisions that injure bicycle riders.
Some of the following examples of driver negligence or wrongdoing that leads to a bicycle accident include :
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Bike lane intrusion
- Running a stop sign or red light
- Driving at high speed
- Making an unsafe turn or a dangerous lane change
- Entering the street from a parking spot or driveway
840 cyclist were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S in 2016.
Different types of cyclist accidents
We in Schenk Podolsky Attorneys at Law prepare our cases thoroughly. With our prepared litigators we are ready to handle almost any type of bicycle accident, including, but not limited to:
- Hit and Run accident
- Sudden Stops
- Bike lane violations
- Drivers rolling through stops
- Bicycle manufacturer defects
- Dangerous road conditions
- Wrongful death
What to do when you are involved in a Cyclist Accident
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you should call authorities right away, and let the police investigate the crash so the report can be filed. Police reports are useful in recording the names involved in the accidents, identifying witnesses, talking statements of the people at the scene and making crash diagrams. Most of the negligent drivers will often tell the truth to the police if you notify the authorities fast.
If you notify authorities later, defendants often have a chance to change their stories. If you are struck by a vehicle, we can submit a claim with the negligent defendant’s insurance company and start our consultations about future litigation.