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BICYCLE ACCIDENTS IN ARIZONA

Riding a bicycle is a great way to exercise, reduce your carbon footprint, and get where you need to go. Unfortunately, many areas in Arizona don’t have the best bicycle lanes, and the risk of injury can be much higher in a bicycle accident than a car accident. This can also mean a longer recovery time, more time missed from work, higher medical bills, etc. The opposing party usually won’t willingly reimburse you for all of these expenses. That’s why if you’ve been in a bicycle accident in Arizona, you should consider retaining a personal injury attorney to represent you in your claim

BICYCLE PERSONAL INJURY

Common Injuries from Bicycle Crashes in Arizona

There are approximately 2,000 bicycle accidents reported per year in Arizona, with about 30 of them being fatal. If you ride a bicycle in Arizona, you can reduce your own risk of injury by wearing proper clothing and, most importantly, a helmet. Here are some of the most common types of injuries that can occur in bicycle accidents.

  • Skin abrasions, or road rash: This injury happens when the bicycle rider slides across the ground, scraping their skin. It can be a minor injury, but can also be a serious injury in high-speed accidents. The bicyclist may get debris in their skin in a road rash injury that will need to be removed.

  • Fractures and broken bones in the upper and lower extremities: Many people tend to try to tough it out after an accident, without realizing that their injuries are more serious than a bump or a bruise. If you experience swelling, soreness, bruising, stiffness, and difficulty moving after a bicycle accident, it may be time for you to be examined by a doctor.

  • Head injuries: Head injuries in Arizona Bicycle Accidents are shockingly common. These bicycle accident head injuries cause 60% of bicycle accident fatalities. Head injuries often mean traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. Common symptoms of TBIs include amnesia, difficulty speaking, anxiety, depression, mood swings, nausea, blurred vision, headaches, seizures, and more. The good news is that you can reduce your risk of experiencing a head injury while riding a bicycle by wearing a helmet.

  • Face injuries: Unlike head injuries, facial injuries are harder to prevent with the use of a normal bicycle helmet alone. It isn’t uncommon to chip, crack, or lose teeth in a bicycle accident. Fractures in the jaw, nose, and chin can also occur in bicycle accidents.

  • Internal injuries: Any part of the body can experience trauma in a bicycle accident. Bicycle accidents also present a unique risk of internal injury due to the possibility of being impaled by the handlebars. Pancreatic trauma, ruptured spleens, and renal and bowel contusions are all fairly common bicycle accident injuries.

AZ BICYCLE CRASH FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Personal injury

Our Experienced Injury Lawyers take a look at some of the most asked questions from people  facing an injury due to a bicycle accident in AZ. Our dedicated staff of Arizona Accident Attorneys offer free consultations and advice to those injured. We help you with compensation for an unfortunate incident. Contact our local personal injury office today.

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Injuries occur in 92% of bicycle accidents. The vast majority of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas. Helmet usage is also a large factor in bicycle accident injuries.

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It can never be said enough that you should always wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. You should also wear clothing that is bright and will make you noticeable to drivers. If possible, wear clothing with reflective material to make yourself even more noticeable on the road. You may also want to install a rearview mirror on your bicycle to increase your scope of vision.

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You can attach light reflectors to your bicycle, and some companies make lights that you can attach to your bicycle, helmet, clothing, etc. You should also consider bringing a pump and other equipment to repair your bicycle in case of emergencies. Also, because of Arizona’s warm climate, you should always bring a water bottle with you when going on a bike ride.

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You should always put away your cell phone and remain focused on the road when you are behind the wheel of a car. You should give a bicyclist at least 3 feet of space while passing, and check before moving back into position. In general, you should slow down when you see bicyclists on the road. All of this special attention doesn’t end when you put your car in park- opening a car door into a bicyclist is one of the most common forms of bicycle accidents.

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There are several situations that can cause the bicyclist to be at fault in a traffic collision, even if they are far more seriously injured than the car driver. A bicyclist can fail to follow bicycle traffic laws in several ways. They may ride against traffic, roll through stop signs and stop lights, fail to yield, etc. A bicyclist can also be at fault in an accident if they are intoxicated. You should discuss fault with a personal injury attorney before agreeing to anything with the opposing party.

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Even though your bicycle isn’t equipped with blinkers, you can still indicate your intended turns to the traffic behind you with your arms. If you want to signal to drivers, you can extend your left arm when you want to make a left turn, and your right arm when you wish to make a right turn. You can point your left arm down if you plan to make a stop.

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BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

What are the most common causes of Bicycle Accidents in Arizona?

One of the most common reasons that bicycle accidents occur is because one party failed to yield the right of way. This can occur in several fashions, but often happens when a driver fails to yield while turning when a bicycle is traveling straight. This is also the cause of many pedestrian accidents.

AFTER AN ACCIDENT

What Should I do After a Bicycle Crash?

After a bicycle accident, you should call the police and wait for them to arrive before you leave the scene. If the other party left the scene, you should report every detail you remember to the authorities. If the other party is still there, they will need to tell their version of events to the police for a police report. Drivers can be more likely to tell the truth in the heat of the moment, and the police report can be a vital piece of evidence when you file a personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company.

Another common reason that bicycle accidents occur is because the bicyclist was riding on the wrong side of the road. Many people believe it is safer to ride against traffic because that is said about walking. Bicyclists should actually do the opposite, and ride with traffic whenever possible.

More than half of bicycle accidents occur in or near a traffic intersection. One reason that this is true is because bicyclists often ride in the wrong lane in intersections. Bicyclists should always be in the rightmost lane in the direction they are traveling, including while in an intersection. Laws can vary by jurisdiction about riding your bike through a crosswalk. Some areas in Arizona allow it, while others don’t. If you plan to travel by bicycle, you should review all relevant traffic laws, including whether you can ride a bicycle in a crosswalk.

Bicycle accidents also frequently occur when one or both parties isn’t following traffic signals. Speed limits and stop signs and stop lights must be followed, or there can be deadly results, especially for bicyclists. This can also occur in construction zones, where lanes may be closed or narrowed, so bicyclists need to ride in lanes typically meant for cars.

Whether the police arrive at the scene of your accident, you should exchange insurance information with the other party. It can be faster to take a picture of the other party’s driver’s license, if they’ll allow it. You should also get the information of any other witnesses at the scene. Their testimony can be a valuable piece of evidence when you pursue a personal injury claim.

Don’t ignore the pain and discomfort you feel after a bicycle accident. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible, for several reasons. Your doctor may need to order further testing or prescribe treatments that will prevent further injury. Adrenaline could cause you to temporarily not feel pain from your injuries. Some injuries may remain dormant for a while after the accident, so you should visit a doctor before agreeing to any settlement from the other driver’s insurance company.

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

Injured in an Arizona Bicycle Accident?  Call Your Arizona Bicycle Attorneys Now!

Have you been injured in a bicycle accident in Arizona? You probably have significant expenses due to the accident- bills, missed work, medical expenses, and that’s not even including the monetary value of the pain and trauma you experienced due to the accident. You deserve fair compensation for your injuries, but you’ll probably need a skilled Arizona personal injury attorney to help you get it. For more information about your rights, damages, and the personal injury process in general, call or use our online form to schedule your free consultation as soon as possible after a bicycle accident.

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And more- if your accident doesn’t clearly fall into one of these categories, call our office to schedule a free consultation. Additionally, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will determine if you have a compensable claim and if we will be able to represent you.

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