Bicycle Accident Attorney Phoenix, AZ
Were You Struck While Riding Your Bicycle?
When a bicyclist is hit by a car, truck or other type of motor vehicle, the injuries tend to be severe. The bicyclist is vulnerable to injuries even in low-impact, slow speed accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, the Phoenix Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC, can apply more than 40 years of legal experience to your injury claim. Attorney Paul Englander can develop a strong claim on your behalf and help you obtain compensation for your losses.
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We Handle Catastrophic Injuries Arising From Bike Accidents
Our law firm seeks maximum compensation for the losses our clients have sustained, including lost wages, medical bills, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. In our years of practice, we have helped many clients whose injuries have included:
- Neck, back and spinal injury
- Head and brain injury
- Fractures and broken bones
- Scars and disfigurement
Additionally, we provide caring, personalized and knowledgeable legal help to families who have lost loved ones in fatal bicycle accidents. If your family member was killed in a bike accident that was caused by the negligence of another motorist, talk to us about your options for pursuing a wrongful death claim.
There are many biases and stereotypes that exist about cycling. Often, bicycle riders are blamed for accidents. Our attorney stands up for the rights of bicyclists in all interactions and negotiations with the insurance company. We are committed to securing maximum compensation for our injured clients.
There were 857 bicyclists killed and an estimated 47,000 cyclists injured in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, environmental conditions such as location, time of day and alcohol may factor into a bicycle crash. Here is some information regarding bicyclist fatalities in 2018:
- 79% of bicyclist fatalities occurred in urban areas, 21% in rural areas
- 29% of the bicyclist fatalities occurred at intersections
- 50% of bicyclist fatalities occurred in the dark
- The time period 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. had the highest frequency of bicyclist fatalities
- 37% of all fatal bicyclist crashes in 2017 involved alcohol
Distracted driving probably also plays a part in bicycle crashes. About 10% of fatal crashes involve a distracted driver, and about 3.0% of drivers on the road on any given day are talking on cell phones.
A recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board shows that “midblock” collisions, which are wrecks in areas between intersections where speeds are higher, tend to cause greater injury to cyclists.
When a crash occurs between a car and a bike, the cyclist is most likely to suffer serious injuries. Drivers of motor vehicles need to be especially watchful for cyclists when making turns, either left or right. In addition, drivers of some S.U.V.s and trucks sit higher off the ground, and may have larger blind spots, especially through the rear window, thus creating potential problems seeing cyclists. According to the New York Times, S.U.V.s and light trucks are also more prone than cars to run over bicyclists rather than throw them up over the hood, making fatalities more likely.
A handful of automakers have rolled out bicycle detection as part of their automatic braking systems. Twenty automakers have agreed to voluntarily equip all their models with automatic emergency braking by Sept. 1, 2022.
Following a crash a personal injury attorney can investigate fault, applicable insurance coverage, and evaluate claims for serious injuries and damages.
Call Today for Help Recovering From Your Injuries
If you have sustained an injury in a bike accident, do not hesitate to seek legal help as soon as you can after the accident. Call our law firm at 602-320-4378 or contact us online to arrange your free initial consultation.