Bike riding is a popular activity in the Phoenix area and across the State of Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that 23 people were killed and 1,604 injured in Arizona bicycle accidents in the year 2011. Phoenix bike accident lawyers at Abels & Annes look to represent those bike riders who have been injured in accidents with motor vehicles.
When an Arizona motorist negligently strikes someone riding a bike, that bicyclist can make a claim against them for his or her damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, and other damages from the accident. Biking injuries are often severe when struck by a vehicle, as bikers have nothing protecting them. We see injuries to the back & neck, to multiple fractures, to serious head trauma. Even low impact collisions can cause serious injury.
Our Arizona bike accident lawyers find that most bicycle vs. motor vehicle collisions are caused by inattentive drivers. Often motorists pay attention to other cars and trucks on the roadways, but then fail to keep an adequate lookout for the most vulnerable people on the street, such as bicycle riders and pedestrians.
Many bicycle accidents occur when motorists make left turns in intersections. They wait for oncoming vehicular traffic to clear, and then fail to notice a bicycle rider coming through the intersection with the right-of-way.
Bicyclists are also often injured in "dooring" incidents. This occurs when a driver swings open a car door without looking as a bike rider is passing by. The bicycle rider then typically flips over the car door or collides with it, often causing severe injuries.
It is a very good idea for you and/or your kids to use a helmet while riding. In the State of Arizona there is currently is no bicycle helmet law, and while not using one would not stop a lawsuit against an at-fault party, it could reduce the threat of traumatic head injuries.
Make sure to obey traffic laws when bike riding. The Arizona Vehicle Code applies to bicycles as well as cars. Arizona bike riders in accidents have been surprised in the past to get traffic citations for not obeying the vehicle code.
If injured in a bicycle accident, you should call the authorities right away and let the police investigate and make a report. Police reports can be useful in identifying the names of everyone in the accident, identifying witnesses, and officers often take statements from everyone at the scene and draw crash diagrams. If possible, contact police immediately. In my experience, negligent motorists will often tell the truth to police on the scene, but if the authorities are not notified the defendant may later change his or her story.
If a bike rider is struck by a vehicle, our office can submit a claim with the negligent motorist's insurance company. However, if the defendant is uninsured, you may still be able to make a claim. With the help of Arizona bike accident lawyers, you may be able to make an uninsured motorist claim with your insurance company.
The injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. believe that all accident victims deserve to have someone on their side, fighting for their rights. We put our clients' interests first and we always work hard to obtain the best outcome in every case. We offer a free case consultation to injury victims who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 or who contact us online.
If hit and injured by a motorist, call our office for a free consultation. Call us 24/7 at (855) PHX-LAWYER or contact us online.
Bike accident settlements - Here are a few bicycle collision cases that have been resolved by our office:
$152,000 - Represented a bicycle rider who broke her wrist while riding past a construction site. She was injured when an unsecured windscreen was blown into her path.
$100,000 - Reached an insurance policy limits settlement on behalf of a bicyclist who was injured by an inattentive motorist who made a left turn, failing to yield the right-of-way.
$50,000 - Represented bicycle rider was injured by an opening car door. The case resolved for the defendant's auto insurance policy limits.