Arizona bicycle accident lawyers representing injury victims in Chandler, Glendale, Yuma, Tucson and Phoenix.
Whether it’s to save money on gasoline, get some much needed exercise, or for the more utilitarian purpose of getting from point A to point B, it seems like more and more Americans are riding their bikes these days. With a favorable climate and over 500 miles of dedicated bicycle paths and lanes, Phoenix is a great place to go for a ride.
However, while the benefits of riding a bicycle are well documented, the elevated risk of injury involved is undeniable. Bicycle accidents, especially those caused by collision with an automobile, can lead to serious, catastrophic injuries and even death. In 2010 alone, bicycle accidents resulted in 51,000 injuries and 618 fatalities in the United States. ¬†If your or someone you love have been the victim of a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligent actions, contact an experienced bike accident lawyers in Phoenix, AZ for a free legal consultation right away.
Automobile drivers often have a difficult time seeing cyclists due to their smaller size or are simply not paying enough attention and don’t notice them in time. Cyclists are extremely vulnerable to collisions with motor vehicles and it has been estimated that these collisions account for nearly 90% of all bicycle accident fatalities.
Bike accident liability
When found to be negligent, drivers who cause an accident can be held responsible and ordered to pay monetary damages to victims, including damages for wrongful death to families of deceased victims.¬†If visual obstructions or dangerous design elements on the road or trafficked area contributed to the accident, or if numerous accidents have occurred at the location in the past, than the town or municipality¬†may be liable. Construction companies may also be liable, if their employees created a road hazard, or if unsafe conditions related to a construction worksite caused injury to a bike rider.
Don‚Äôt be misled¬†by self-interested¬†insurance companies that attempt to impose low-balled¬†settlement offers on you and your family. No matter what the insurance company tells you, your¬†best interests are the last thing that they prioritize. They will make offers that fail to¬†reflect the true¬†nature of your injuries and losses. At Wattel & York, our Phoenix, AZ bicycle accident lawyers will serve as your go-between with the insurer, to make sure you get the fair and just compensation you deserve.
Bicycle accident statistics:
- 60% of bicycle collisions with motor vehicles are a result of motorist error
- The most common of which is a left turn into the path of an oncoming cyclist
- 70% of crashes occur in urban areas
According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation, bicyclists accounted for 2% of motor vehicle-related deaths in 2010, but for only 1% of the total trips. Essentially, this means that in the United States, those on a bicycle are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision than those in an automobile.
Bicyclists in Arizona are at an even higher risk than those in most other areas of the county.
In 2010, Arizona had:
- 1,1914 motor vehicle collisions with bicycles
- 25 cyclist fatalities, 3.1% of the total traffic fatalities in the state
- The 4th highest bicycle fatality rate per million of population in the United States at 3.79
Speak free-of-charge with a trusted Phoenix bike accident attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in East Valley, West Valley, Chandler, Tucson, Yuma or anywhere in the Phoenix AZ area, you should seek the advice of a Phoenix bike accident attorney with experience in these types of cases. At Wattel & York, our Phoenix, AZ bike accident lawyers know exactly how to handle your case and will help you recoup proper compensation for your injuries.¬†Our team of Arizona bike accident lawyers will investigate every detail of your case and help you find the right medical specialist for your injuries.