Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorney
Cycling and bicycling accidents are some of the most violent types of traffic crashes. Victims often fly from their bicycles, fall beneath vehicles, or collide with the windshield of cars. If a victim survives a bicycle accident, injuries can be incredibly severe, ranging from paralysis to brain damage. Even a minor bicycle accident can result in broken bones, head and neck injuries, and temporary disabilities. If a negligent driver caused your bicycle accident, you don’t have to suffer alone.
Cyclist Rights in Arizona
Many drivers don’t understand how Arizona legislation classifies cycles and bicycles. According to Arizona’s bike laws, cyclists have the exact same rights and responsibilities as motorists. This includes driving on public roads (the cyclist must ride in the same direction as traffic). Unfortunately, many motorists ignore cyclists’ rights and fail to yield, pull out in front of them, or cut them off in traffic. These dangerous behaviors can lead to fatal collisions.
Arizona doesn’t have any state laws requiring the use of a helmet on a bicycle. Three cities do require bicyclists under the age of 18 to wear helmets: Tucson, Sierra Vista, and Yuma. Helmets significantly lower your risk of serious head injuries in a crash, which is the most common cause of the majority of fatal accidents. However, failing to wear a helmet won’t come into play in a personal injury case since the law doesn’t always require them.
For example, if you sustain a traumatic brain injury that causes permanent damage and leaves you unable to work or continue normal activities, the defendant couldn’t use your lack of helmet as a defense. Even if your injuries wouldn’t have been as severe with a helmet, the jury won’t use this fact against you in court thanks to Arizona’s lack of helmet laws. Regardless of the safety precautions you took or didn’t take, you have the right to file a claim against a negligent party for causing your injury.
The Facts About Bicycle Accidents
Of all the bicycle accidents that involve collisions with cars, 45% take place in intersections. These are the most dangerous places for a cyclist due to inattentive drivers who fail to obey the rules of the road. While a cyclist has a responsibility to recognize the most dangerous intersection hazards and take precautions while riding through one, drivers must also take reasonable care to avoid accidents.
A total of 720 cyclists/bicyclists were killed in crashes involving motor vehicles in 2014. Bicyclist fatalities occurred most often on major roads other than interstates (62%) and in locations other than intersections. Fatalities at intersections only occurred 35% of the time. This percentage doesn’t encompass all accidents—just those resulting in fatalities.
Your Arizona Bicycling Accident Attorneys
Cycling and bicycle accidents can be physically and emotionally devastating. When someone else’s bad judgment or carelessness results in a lifetime of pain and suffering for you or a loved one, fight back with strong legal representation. Cullan and Cullan brings years of personal injury experience to Arizona and the surrounding states, and we offer a unique brand of representation to accident victims.
With degrees in law and medicine, the team at Cullan and Cullan are more equipped than most attorneys to handle personal injury cases. We’ve stood by the sides of victims who have suffered permanent disabilities, such as paralysis and brain damage, in auto and bicycle accidents. Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of accident victims in devastating crashes. When you need expert legal help, call 866-540-7600 or contact us online. We’ll discuss your cycling accident in detail in a free case evaluation, over the phone or in person.