Phoenix Injury Lawyers Settle Bike Accident Claim Against LA Dodgers Infielder
Major League Baseball spring training is in full stride in the Phoenix area, with multiple games being played in multiple locations every day. Baseball fans are flocking to Arizona to see their favorite MLB teams get ready for the regular season. It is a great time of the year to be in the Valley.
But with this fun and excitement comes lots of traffic and congestion, often endangering pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and other motorists. Traffic is heavy at times at or near spring training facilities, so it’s best to operate your vehicle with extreme caution and to leave yourself extra time to get to wherever you are going.
The Phoenix bike accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently settled a personal injury claim for one of our clients against a Los Angeles Dodger infielder. The case arose out of a motor vehicle vs. bicycle collision which took place on March 3, 2016. Our bicyclist was riding eastbound on an access road approaching the parking lot at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona, which is the spring training home of the Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. The plaintiff intended to stay on the access road and ride right past the parking lot.
At that time the ballplayer was driving his SUV northbound through the parking lot approaching the exit of the lot onto the access road. As the Dodger exited the parking lot he turned left onto the access road, striking our client with the driver’s side of his vehicle. The force of the impact threw her off of her bicycle onto the pavement. She hit the back of her head when she landed on the street.
We alleged to the infielder’s insurance carrier that he failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to yield the right of way to the bicycle in violation of A.R.S. § 28-792, failed to yield at the intersection to the approaching bicycle in violation of A.R.S. §28-771, § 28-772 & § 28-773, was driving at an excessive rate of speed for the conditions then and there existing in violation of A.R.S. § 28-701, and failed to exercise due care to avoid colliding with the bicyclist in violation of A.R.S. § 28-794.
The plaintiff had an immediate onset of neck pain following the collision. She was transported by ambulance from the scene of the collision to Banner Estrella Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Upon arrival at the Emergency Department, a history was taken, she was examined and diagnostic tests were performed. She complained of neck, shoulder, low back and right thigh pain. She was prescribed pain medication and instructed to seek follow up treatment after discharge.
Due to ongoing and increasing pain over the coming weeks, the bicyclist had a variety of follow-up medical care with several different doctors. She had developed TMJ symptoms, neck pain with numbness radiating down her left arm, as well as back pain. One evening her neck pain became so unbearable she went back to an emergency room.
Eventually, her condition improved and she was discharged from treatment. The case settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, saving our client the time and expense of litigation. Abels & Annes has chosen to not publicly name the ballplayer, as he was cooperative and good insurance coverage.