Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable for Bicycle Accidents
While bicyclists in Phoenix have the right to share the road1 with motor vehicles, riding a bicycle near traffic can be stressful. Drivers do not always pay attention, and some simply do not respect the rights of bicyclists to use the same roadways. While any driver can cause a bicycle crash, the situation can become more dangerous when you are riding a bike near a drunk driver.
Everyone should be aware that alcohol can significantly affect their judgment and ability to safely drive a car. Unfortunately, this knowledge, along with the fact that drunk driving is against the law in Arizona,2 is not enough to stop some people from trying to drive home after drinking. Drunk driving can pose a particularly serious risk to bicyclists who may also be out on the road.
Many bicycle collisions happen because a driver claims he or she did not see the bicycle. When a driver is intoxicated, his or her focus and awareness can become significantly diminished, increasing the chances that the driver may not realize he or she is driving near a bicyclist. This danger increases at night, when it is even more difficult to see bicyclists.
If a drunk driver has crashed into you, you have the right to hold them accountable for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses. While a criminal case can impose penalties such as license suspension and jail time, in order to seek compensation for your own losses, you will need to file a separate claim in civil court for personal injury. It is imperative that you talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following your accident.
Contact Our Phoenix Bicycle Accident Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation
At the Phoenix law firm of Abels & Annes, we are committed to helping bicycle accident victims recover financially for their injuries. We believe that drunk drivers should be held fully liable for their dangerous actions and the harm they caused, so please do not hesitate to call our office at (602) 819-5191 to schedule a consultation today.