Bike Accident

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With the abundance of both sunshine and bike lanes in the Phoenix area, it’s no wonder that many residents choose to bike around town. Unfortunately, though, cars aren’t always aware of what bikes are doing, and when the two meet by accident, it can be disastrous. If you or a loved one has been injured as a cyclist due to the fault of someone else, it’s important to know—and assert—your rights to compensation.

Bike Accidents Are Increasing

In 2016, nearly 1,500 cyclists were involved in an accident. Of those, 31 were killed and 1,350 were injured. It’s unlikely that a bike accident doesn’t end up in the cyclist getting injured.

When a bike and a vehicle collide, it often results in serious repercussions for the cyclist, mostly because they have such little protection. Even a car going 35 mph can kill a cyclist, and on many Phoenix roads, cars are traveling much faster than that.

Who’s at Fault in a Bike Accident?

While you might initially assign blame to the driver of the vehicle when a car and bicycle collide, there could be other factors in play. Statutory law in Arizona says that bicycles are considered moving vehicles; therefore, if a cyclist isn’t following the rules of the road and gets into an accident, fault shifts. Accidents can occur on a straightaway, but it’s more likely to happen during a turn when the driver doesn’t see the bike or the cyclist isn’t following the rules.

Although Arizona doesn’t require cyclists to wear a helmet, it’s a smart idea when traveling in traffic. However, wearing or not wearing a helmet will have no bearing on who is at fault in a bike accident. It may just reduce head injuries if an accident occurs.

What to Do Following a Bike Accident

It’s important to notify the authorities as soon as possible following a bike accident. They will start investigating the collision to determine fault and document information for a potential lawsuit. In cases where the driver is uninsured, the injured biker may still be able to receive compensation through their own auto insurance company. Because of the details involved in such a case, it is imperative to contact a respected, knowledgeable personal injury attorney immediately.

Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

Remember that there is never an upfront fee to hire me—or any personal injury attorney. I receive my payment as a percentage of your settlement. It is in your best interest, and mine, to fight to get you all of the compensation you deserve following a bike accident.

I have more than 45 years of experience as an attorney, and I will put all of that to work on your behalf. I answer my own phone and email, making myself available to you when you need me most. I will come to you if you can’t come to my office. Let me help you find some peace during this stressful time. I review each case individually, and I advocate for you in negotiations and, if necessary, in court. Contact me at 602-395-0045.


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Michael J. Lyding

Personal Injury Attorney - Fighting for You for 50 Years

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Michael J. Lyding

Personal Injury Attorney - Fighting for You for 50 Years

Call now  602-395-0045

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