More than 1,000 bicyclists died in traffic accidents in 2015, while 467,000 people suffered bicycle-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Unfortunately, Arizona has the second-highest fatality rate per million residents – 4.7 – more than double the national average of 2.35 fatalities per 1 million residents.
Cycling is more popular than ever. Last year in 2016, more than 12 percent of Americans biked regularly – that is 66.5 million cyclists sharing the roads with cars, trucks, and tractor-trailers. So, it is little wonder that injury accidents are on the rise, despite the fact that fatalities have actually leveled off. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading causes of bicycle accidents are:
- Struck by a motor vehicle
- Cyclist falls
- Roadway in disrepair
- Cyclist error
- Collision with a fixed object
- Dog runs in front of the cyclist
If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident because of a driver’s negligence, contact a Phoenix, AZ personal injury attorney at Burg Simpson by calling 602-777-7000 or by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form.
Laws governing bicyclists vary from state to state. In Arizona, cyclists are afforded the same rights and responsibilities as the motorists they share the road with. As such, they are compelled to:
- Stop for traffic lights and stop signs.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and on sidewalks.
- Signal when planning lane changes and/or turns.
However, there are also a number of other statutes directed as cyclists specifically, such as:
- Every rider must have a regular seat.
- Every bicycle must have at least one brake that will make the wheel skid when applied.
- Riders may not ride more than two side-by-side, except on bike paths.
- Riders must have at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
- You may not attach your bicycle to, or hold onto, another vehicle on the roadway.
Bicycle accidents can end with something as simple as a skinned knee and as serious as a crippling spinal cord injury. If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, it is critical that you talk to a Phoenix injury attorney at Burg Simpson by calling 602-777-7000 as soon as possible.
Let A Burg Simpson Arizona Attorney Help You
Burg Simpson, your Phoenix personal injury law firm, is staffed with attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. We have more than 40 years of experience in dealing with personal injury cases involving bicycle accidents. Burg Simpson Arizona is a law firm with the experience and resources to fight for you. We offer real help if you need to investigate your bicycle accident, fill out insurance claims, and negotiate with insurance companies to secure a settlement. We are even ready and willing to litigate your case in court if need be. We have fought for the rights of injured cyclists of all ages and levels of ability. Reach out to Burg Simpson Arizona today at 602-777-7000 and speak with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer or fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form.