Bicycle Accident Arizona
Representing Arizonan Bicyclists In Traumatic Accidents
In the United States, every year, there are close to 50,000 cyclists who get seriously injured in accidents while riding their bicycles. There is a range of dangers bicyclists face from distracted drivers in larger vehicles to loose debris on the road and bad road conditions. One statistic shows that at least 4 percent of bicycle crashes are caused by negligent dog owners whose dogswere let loose, coming in front of the cycle or chasing the cyclist and distracting him/her. In the state of Arizona, according to the AZDOT (Arizona Department of Transportation), there were 1,742 bicycle accidents in 2014 and most of them were caused by reckless motorists who drove too close to the bicyclists or failed to yield to the cyclists who have the right-of-way.
Growing fuel prices and increasing eco-consciousness have raised the number of people who choose bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Due to this, there are more bicycles on the road, and they have a higher risk of danger of being injured by negligent drivers. Injuries for bicyclists can range from minor to life-threatening depending on the circumstance and safety gear worn by cyclists, and unfortunately, accidents may also prove fatal to some. If you or loved one is injured in bicycle accidents, our seasoned bicycle accident lawyers at needaninjurylawyerarizona.com will help you receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and suffering. We have extensive experience handling many cases and gaining favorable verdicts to understand how to build your case, formulate convincing arguments, and deliver a strong lawsuit on your behalf that is guaranteed to effectively bring a fair settlement.
Common Causes Of Bicycle Accidents In Arizona
In most cases, it is the negligent actions of passenger vehicle and truck drivers’ that causes the accident, including failing to keep a safe distance from cyclists, changing lanes suddenly causing cyclists to lose their balance and fall. Many drivers also fail to acknowledge that bicyclists have the same rights and privileges as them on road, and hence fail to drive with appropriate safety and respect.
- Not yielding to bicyclist – Bicyclist has the right-of-way, but drivers fail to yield, especially in intersections, causing collisions.
- Inaccurate estimation of speed – Drivers often underestimate the speed of bicycles and hence fail to keep a safe distance or allow enough time for bicyclists to pass safely.
- Making turns unexpectedly – Drivers often fail to look carefully for cyclists before making a left or right turn, causing the cycle to crash into the vehicle. Also due to small, narrow structure of bicycles, there is more chances of them riding in blind spots of drivers in front.
- Driving too close to danger – According to Arizona state laws, drivers must maintain a minimum distance of 3 feet while passing a bicycle riding in the same direction. But impatient drivers may not follow this rule and come too close to the bicycle. This causes the bicyclist to panic and lose balance.
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