Bicyclists Have Rights and Responsibilities
In the state of Arizona, bicyclists are afforded nearly the same rights to the road as motorists but also have the same responsibilities to obey the traffic laws. Absent a designated bike path, bicyclists are generally required to ride with the flow of traffic.
At Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law P.L.L.C., we see many accident cases where a person riding a bicycle against the flow of traffic is struck by a motorist who is unaware of the approaching bicyclist because he or she is exiting a driveway and looking for traffic in the opposite direction. Although this type of situation presents issues as to who was at fault for the collision, we often recover compensation for bicyclists who have been seriously injured under these circumstances. When you work with our law firm, a skilled Tempe bicycle accidents attorney will carefully review your case and gather the evidence necessary to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
Bicycle Accidents Often Result in Serious Injuries and Fatalities
Whether you are riding a bike to commute to your job, get some exercise, or just have fun, if you are involved in a crash with a motor vehicle, you can suffer serious, if not fatal, injuries. According to 2014 statistics from the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 50,000 bicyclists were injured and 724 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes. Additionally, 71 percent of these bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas. Moreover, in the state of Arizona alone, 29 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2014, representing nearly 4% of all traffic fatalities in the state.
Head injuries, fractures and soft tissue injuries are among the most common types of bicycle accident injuries we see in our legal practice. These cases can be particularly challenging, and the point of impact on the roadway as established by witnesses is generally the key to proving a case of liability against the motorist. Other issues that often come into play in a bicycle accident case include the:
- Lighting at the time of the accident, either on the bike or adjacent street lighting
- Time of the accident, e.g. if it happened at night and whether the bicyclist was wearing reflective clothing
- The attentiveness of the motorist
Whether you were side swept, rear-ended or hit when a car crossed into your path at an intersection, driver inattentiveness is one of the primary causes of traffic accidents involving bicyclists. Motorists often use cell phones and other devices in an attempt to multitask when operating their automobiles. These devices distract drivers from keeping their eyes and ears on the road, significantly increasing their chances of crashing into a bicyclist or other vehicles traveling on the road.
A Tempe Bicycle Accidents Attorney Can Review Your Case
If you have been seriously hurt in a bicycle accident, one of the best things you can do is to talk with a personal injury attorney experienced in handling motor vehicle/bicycle crash cases. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law offers free claim reviews to individuals who have sustained serious injuries in bicycle and other types of accidents. We invite you to take advantage of our services to determine whether your case has sufficient evidence to present a successful claim for damages.