Tempe Bicycle Accident Attorney
There is a lot of freedom to be had in bicycling around Tempe, and this mode of transportation is becoming mainstream again as people look to live more eco-friendly lives and reduce their carbon footprints while staying active and fit. However, much like pedestrians, bicyclists face dangers on the roadway that passengers in conventional vehicles do not. Around 45,000 people were injured while cycling in 2015 alone, and 818 people lost their lives while out and about on their bikes, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) data. If you or a loved one has been injured while cycling, contact our Tempe bicycle accident attorney to find out how you can seek compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Respect on the roadway is important to everyone’s safety. And while most drivers are conscientious and take the safety of other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists into account when they’re behind the wheel, devastating bicycle accidents still occur, often when other drivers don’t share the roadway in the way that they should. Some of the most common causes behind accidents among bicyclists include:
- Inattentive or distracted drivers
- Drivers texting or using a cellphone while driving
- Road debris
- Defects in the roadway or street design
- Poor road conditions
- Side swipes by drivers of other vehicles
- Bicycles colliding with one another
- Cars failing to yield the right-of-way
- Bicyclists chased by off-leash or poorly controlled dogs
Liability in Bicycle Accidents
One of the first tasks that a Tempe bicycle accident attorney can do for the injured cyclist is help establish liability for the accident. Oftentimes, it is obvious where the liability falls—the driver of a car that hits the cyclist. In other cases, it may be the city or the entity tasked with maintaining the street on which the accident occurred. Your attorney can get the ball rolling on your case, help you establish liability, interview witnesses, take witness statements, and get the paperwork started for your claim.
Your attorney will look at several factors in determining the best course of action in your Tempe bicycle accident case. The circumstances surrounding the accident, the severity of your injuries, medical treatment that was necessitated by your injuries, any scarring you’ve endured, and other case facts will help determine the value of your case so that your attorney can help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
Keep in mind that the time to file your claim is limited. Since a bicycle accident results in a personal injury claim, Arizona cyclists are limited to a two-year period following the date of the accident to file the necessary paperwork to begin the claim process. If your claim is filed after this date, it will not be valid.
Lorona & Mead Attorneys at Law have a history of helping injured cyclists file the necessary claims to be made whole again following their bicycle accidents. Your initial consultation with our Tempe bicycle accident attorney is free, so schedule yours now.