Bicycle Injury Lawyer Phoenix
Bicycles are becoming increasingly popular as a method of transportation throughout Arizona in recent years due to the ever-increasing cost of fuel and the importance of being environmentally and health conscious. This change has led to an increase in bikes being ridden on our major roadways. With the increase of bicycling as a means of transportation, more and more accidents that involve people on bikes have occurred in recent years. Cyclists face many dangers when sharing the roads with cars and larger vehicles, and their increased presence also increases the chance of injury, disfigurement, or death due to a collision with an automobile.
Accidents related to bicycle collisions can occur for many reasons and can happen anywhere at any time. These accidents can be related to various factors, such as the time of day, weather conditions, or because a driver acted negligently when operating their vehicle. A driver’s negligence can have devastating consequences for an unsuspecting bicyclist.
Intersections are where the vast majority of bike accidents take place, usually because a driver does not yield to the cyclist or acknowledge their right-of-way. Cyclists must be careful when navigating the roadways and sharing the road with other vehicles, and they should be particularly careful when merging, turning, or stopping. Bicycles are vulnerable to collisions with larger, faster vehicles, creating great concern in the event of an accident.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a bike accident in or around the Phoenix area? Were the bike accident and your subsequent injuries caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another person? If so, the dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys at Torgenson Law can help you. Our legal team is experienced in helping good people who have been affected by bicycle accidents in the city of Phoenix and the surrounding areas. We are well-equipped to help our clients get the compensation they are entitled to for their injuries and losses after a bike accident.
Bike Accident Statistics in Arizona
Bike accidents are fairly common in the state of Arizona, so it is important to be prepared in the event of a bicycle accident involving a collision with a vehicle or motorist. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the number of collisions on state roads involving bicycles exceeded 1,700 in 2014. A majority of these crashes resulted in the cyclist receiving some type of injury, with 84% of cyclists being harmed in some way; a large number of these incidents were fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 840 cyclists were killed in a motor vehicle accident in 2016 in the U.S. This is a major concern for all those riding bicycles who are sharing the roadway with larger vehicles.
While bicycle crashes only account for about 1.5% of the total number of traffic incidents in the state, these dangerous crashes are often preventable if the appropriate measures are taken. Bicycle accidents are far too prevalent within the State of Arizona and the city of Phoenix, as well as throughout the country. Statistics reported by the United States Department of Transportation indicate that over 50% of all accidents involving cyclists occur on main streets or roadways, with cyclists being involved in 2% of deaths and injuries in these incidents. Torgenson Law wants you and all cyclists to be informed and prepared in order to be safe on the roads and to help prevent the rise of these kinds of accidents.
Causes of Bicycle-Related Accidents
There are many primary causes of accidents between a cyclist and a motorist. In a perfect world, drivers would pay full attention to the road and to cyclists at all times, but, sadly, this is not always the case. Cyclists are still not completely integrated into local communities’ roadways. Though this is slowly beginning to change, too many areas do not take the proper care to ensure cyclists are protected and safeguarded against accidents.
There are other concerns outside of drivers on the road. There is often a lack of appropriate signage and bike lanes, which all create an environment where severe accidents involving cyclists can occur. However, even with all these environmental factors contributing to the dangers cyclists face, the inattention of motorists remains the primary reason for a majority of all collisions and injuries with cyclists.
Some of the most common reasons that a bike accident occurs are:
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Distracted driving;
- Failure to yield the right-of-way;
- Entering the bike lane;
- Dooring, or the act of hitting a cyclist with a car door;
- Running a red light or stop sign;
- Driving at dangerous speeds;
- Making an unsafe turn;
- Making an unsafe lane change;
- Entering traffic from a parking spot or driveway; and/or
- Entering the road immediately in front of a cyclist.
If your bike accident and subsequent injuries are a result of one of the reasons listed above, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for your injuries and losses related to the accident. A skilled personal injury lawyer from Torgenson Law can help you if you have been the victim of a reckless, distracted, or negligent driver. Call us today to speak with a bike accident specialist about your bike crash and learn about your rights.
Possible Injuries Due to a Bike Accident
The difference in size between an automobile and a bicycle are considerable. Due to this height, weight, and speed discrepancy, cyclists will often suffer from a number of serious injuries in the event of being involved in a vehicle collision. These can include many severe injuries, such as road rash, disfigurement, organ damage, bodily amputation, and death. Three primary injuries which are most often seen in collisions between cyclists and motorists include:
- Bone fractures – In a majority of cases, when you are involved in a collision with a motorist, you will be hurled from your bicycle onto the road and hit the ground with considerable force. Moreover, you will likely suffer injuries resulting from colliding with the vehicle itself. Cyclists most often suffer fractures in their arms, wrists, ankles, legs, back, face, neck, pelvis, or collarbone. In addition, you may suffer numerous fractures from a single accident. Bone fractures are extremely serious as they often take months to years to heal fully in the event of a particularly severe fracture. There is also the possibility that you will require some form of surgery in order for the bones to be set and heal optimally. Not only will there be considerable medical costs, but you will likely be unable to work for an undefined amount of time, causing you to suffer from a lack of income. Oftentimes, those involved in similar accidents are unable to work or make an adequate living while in the process of healing from injuries resulting from an accident or collision.
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries – Often cyclists will wear helmets in order to limit the danger of head injury in the event of an accident. However, even in the case that riders take this precaution, it is still possible for head injuries to occur. These can include skull fractures, traumatic brain injury, concussions, and intracranial bleeding. In the event of a head injury, the victim of the crash can sustain multiple traumatic and long-lasting repercussions. These can include recurring headaches, loss of memory, difficulty concentrating, irritability, chronic pain, insomnia, seizures, and lack of control of motor functions, as well as lack of general mental faculties. It is highly likely that the injured person will require immediate medical treatment in the form of surgery or therapy. It is also likely that the victim will be unable to attend work for a long period of time, leaving them with a lack of income. In particularly severe cases, the individual will be completely unable to return to work and will be permanently disabled because of the brain injury.
- Spinal injuries – If you are involved in a bicycle crash, it is possible that you may suffer injuries to your spine as the result of colliding with the roadway after being struck. You can also suffer this injury as the result of hitting another object or the vehicle itself. This collision could affect the spine in numerous ways including slipped discs. Additionally, you could damage your spinal cord and possible sever it, which could result in death or irreversible paralysis. These injuries could possibly be treated with medical surgery or bodily therapy, but there is a likelihood it could still impair your quality of life for many months or even years. These sort of injuries require the individual to seek ongoing therapy or medical assistance in order to treat effectively. You could ultimately lose your ability to control your body or bodily functions, resulting in an inability to return to work or function normally.
Preventing Bicycle Accidents and Injury
Bike accidents are becoming more and more common on roads throughout the United States. There are many instances where drivers fail to pay attention to the road, follow posted traffic laws, or to adequately and responsibly share roadways with cyclists. Due to this negligence, it is important that cyclists take measures to help successfully prevent the chance of these accidents. These measures include the installation of headlights on bikes as well as wearing clothing that will allow motorists to better notice you on the road. However, when the accident is not your fault, you have a right to seek compensation. The bike accident injury lawyers at Torgenson Law want to make sure that everyone knows and understands how to prevent these accidents to ensure the safety of all of our community members in Arizona.
When Should You File a Bicycle Accident Claim?
Immediately. In the State of Arizona, there is a statute of limitations on all personal injury claims. Under the statute of limitations, you have a set deadline you must meet in order to successfully file for compensation relating to a bicycle accident injury. Our bike accident lawyers are available to answer all of your questions you have pertaining to your bike accident. We can tell you if you have a claim. Call us today at Torgenson Law to protect your right to compensation.
Our Promise to Serve You After an Incident
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or lost their life as a result of an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence or irresponsible actions, it is possible that you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation. The lawyers at Torgenson Law know that cyclists are extremely vulnerable to the risk of an accident with a motorist for a variety of reasons. These include the considerable difference in size, the layout of the road, and other external conditions such as weather. However, a majority of injuries related to bicycle accidents result from the actions of a distracted motorist or driver. Torgenson Law is here to help as a trusted voice in the legal needs of the citizens of Arizona. We are here to protect the rights of all who live in Arizona in the aftermath of severe bicycle accident injuries.
84% of cyclists involved in a collision suffer from some sort of injury. The risk of an accident is remarkably high, and many cyclists find themselves in a difficult situation where they are unable to work and must spend money on rising medical costs and expensive surgeries. The experienced professionals at Torgenson Law are here to offer our supportive guidance in your time of need.
With our vast knowledge of injuries involving collisions between cyclists and motorists, as well as all the laws that pertain to personal injuries as it relates to bike accidents, we are the perfect choice to help you recover compensation for your injuries and damages. We understand that being injured in a bike accident can be a life-changing event, and we are here to stand by your side when you need us the most. We want to get you the best medical treatment to ensure the most positive outcome for your recovery and to guarantee that you get the compensation that you deserve after your bike accident. Contact our office at (602) 833-2774 to discuss your claim today.