Sometimes cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles pose a greater danger to you when you are not behind the wheel yourself. Whether you or a loved one are riding a bicycle for fun, exercise or to get to work, being on a bicycle means being susceptible to serious injuries and even death. Just because you are not driving does not mean that other drivers’ careless acts do not impact you. All it takes is a driver texting or an inebriated motorist to knock you off your feet – literally and figuratively.
Cyclists who are struck by motor vehicles in Arizona require prompt medical attention and treatment and could end up tragically passing away from their injuries. During such difficult times, let the experienced Phoenix bicycle accident lawyers at Torgenson Law help you and your family take control and exercise your rights for legal justice.
Some people may have grown up being told that the cyclist always has the “right of way.” This line of thinking alleges that bicyclists can never be responsible in any way for a bike collision or crash. Unfortunately, this is not true: negligent or reckless cyclist conduct may contribute to a collision.
Whenever a motorist is primarily at fault for causing a collision with a bicyclist, that bicyclist may file a lawsuit against the motorist in order to receive monetary compensation for any injuries or harm the cyclist suffers. This is true even if the bicyclist is partly to blame for the collision. If a cyclist is found to be partly to blame for his or her own injuries, but the motorist is primarily responsible, then any compensation the bicyclist is entitled to receive will be reduced in proportion to the amount of responsibility the motorist actually bears.
Under A.R.S. Section 12-611, a civil suit may be brought by a family member who lost a family member due to the negligent actions or misconduct of another. This civil suit is known as a wrongful death lawsuit or wrongful death action. In Arizona, these cases are filed on behalf of the decedent to recover damages from those who caused their untimely death.
According to A.R.S. § 12-612, certain family members may also file a separate wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages. These damages typically include funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, loss of inheritance, and several other financial damages.
According to A.R.S. § 12-612, a wrongful death lawsuit may not be filed by anyone connected with the deceased person. A wrongful death lawsuit may only be filed by and for the benefit of:
Do you have any legal questions about filing a wrongful death claim? Simply contact Torgenson Law at (602) 892-4293 to discuss your legal rights.
The State of Arizona has set a deadline in which a qualified family member may bring a wrongful death action. This time limit is known as the “statutes of limitations.” According to A.R.S. § 12-542, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date in which the death occurred.
In order for a plaintiff to win their wrongful death case in the state of Arizona, the plaintiff’s Phoenix wrongful death attorneys must prove the following four elements at trial:
If you have any questions about filing a wrongful death action, simply contact Torgenson Law at (602) 892-4293 for your free case review.
Torgenson Law offers injured bicyclists a free, no-cost case analysis to discuss the facts that led to their bicycle accident and to learn what legal rights they have. There is no cost for this analysis, and there is not any obligation at the conclusion of the analysis to retain the services of our firm. This is simply an opportunity for injured bicyclists to speak with an experienced member of our legal team and have their most pressing questions and concerns addressed with compassion and skill.
Torgenson Law has been fighting for injured cyclists throughout Arizona for over 15 years. Our bicycle accident injury attorneys aim to provide superior legal services and assistance to injured bicyclists and to help them begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.
Act Now to Protect Your Right to Compensation Under Arizona Law
Depending on the facts of your case, a claimant or family of the decedent may only have two years to exercise their legal rights and seek compensation in the state of Arizona. The clock begins to run on the date the bicyclist is injured, and there are very few ways to “stop the clock” and obtain more time in which to file a lawsuit. For this reason, injured bicyclists must be prepared to take prompt action, speak with an attorney quickly, and initiate a lawsuit for compensation soon after the accident occurs in order to have the opportunity to seek and recover monetary damages.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bicycle collision, speak with Torgenson Law by phone or through our website today.
The time you have to legally receive compensation is limited. At Torgenson Law Arizona Injury Lawyers, we are 100% dedicated to fighting against the big insurance companies and major corporations on behalf of the good people who live and work in the great State of Arizona. Let us help you, too. Call our Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Torgenson Law at (602) 726-0747 to receive a free consultation today.