Arizona Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Many people live in Arizona in order to enjoy our famous sunshine, our beautiful mountains, and our stunning vistas. It’s easier to soak in Arizona’s nature on a bicycle than in a car, so it makes sense that bikes are an increasingly popular way to get around. Unfortunately, the very exposure to the elements that makes biking so pleasurable puts cyclists in danger.
Bicycle accidents are potentially devastating because even the best helmets and other protective gear can’t protect riders from the force of three-ton cars moving at 30 miles per hour. If you’ve been hurt in an Arizona bicycle crash, you can count on The Bourassa Law Group to help you navigate the difficult time after your injury.
If the accident was someone else’s fault, you have the right to seek financial compensation. The Bourassa Law Group is committed to getting you the compensation you deserve to help you recover fully. Contact us at (480) 867-7177 today for a no-cost consultation about your bicycle accident case.
Common Bicycle Accident Injuries
Arizona state law doesn’t require you to wear a helmet when you ride a bicycle, but some Arizona cities do. You should follow Arizona state safety recommendations like using hand signals and riding in clearly marked bike lanes.
However, despite your best efforts to ride safely, a car or truck can hit you with catastrophic effects. You might also experience a variety of less serious injuries. Common injuries caused by bicycle accidents include:
- Bruises, scrapes, and cuts
- Road rash
- Facial injuries and disfigurement, like broken teeth
- Broken bones and dislocations
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Catastrophic injuries like amputations and paralysis
- Wrongful death
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, seek medical attention immediately. Unfortunately, some severe injuries can have delayed or invisible symptoms. Be sure to visit a doctor again if you begin to experience delayed symptoms. Keep your medical records and bills. They’ll be important evidence in your personal injury case.
Common Causes of Arizona Bicycle Accidents
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bike accident, then you know how important it is for all vehicles to follow safety regulations. Bicycle crashes can be caused by any number of car or truck driver errors. Sometimes cyclists fail to follow the rules of the road.
It’s extremely important that everyone follows safety regulations since bicyclists are so vulnerable to serious injuries in collisions. The Arizona Department of Public Safety has a comprehensive list of Arizona safety regulations for bicyclists.
Some of the most common causes of bike crashes include:
- Vehicles crowding or swerving into the bike lane
- Impaired, drunk, drugged, or distracted driving
- Failure to signal before lane changes or turning
- Failure to check blind spots
- Sudden stopping or cutting cyclists off
- Opening vehicle doors and knocking bicyclists into traffic
- Potholes or other poor road maintenance
Local media in Mesa reports that a drunk driver hit a cyclist in July 2019, resulting in the death of the bicyclist. In November 2019, a city bus fatally injured a biker in Tucson. Sometimes, city governments fail to properly maintain biking areas and the uneven ground causes bicyclists to lose control. These reports are unsettling, but remember that you have legal options in the event that you or your family member is hurt in a bike crash.
Whatever the cause of your bicycle accident, you can trust that the seasoned bicycle accident attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will investigate it thoroughly. We have years of experience in Arizona and know what it takes to successfully resolve personal injury cases. Our lawyers research the details of your crash in order to establish liability.
Liability in Bicycle Accidents
When you are injured in a bicycle accident and it was someone else’s fault, you have the right to seek financial compensation from the responsible parties. Contact our lawyers today at (480) 867-7177 to discuss making a personal injury claim. Establishing liability is at the heart of your legal claim that the person or business who hurt you should pay for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Liability is the legal term for responsibility. It requires that you prove that the liable party hurt you through negligence or recklessness. When you hire our compassionate lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group, we will build a legal argument that explains how the responsible party violated their duty of care.
For example, we can argue that drivers have to drive safely because out-of-control vehicles put everyone in danger. Sometimes, the person who injured you broke the law while doing so. In cases like that (for example, if you were hit by a driver that ran a red light or by an impaired driver), they might be found to be negligent per se.
Sometimes, however, you or your loved one might be found partially responsible for causing an accident. In Arizona, we have comparative fault. That means that you could still pursue a personal injury case despite being found partially liable for the injury. The amount you are awarded will be lessened by the percentage that the court finds you responsible.
Financial Compensation for Bicycle Accident Injuries
Once we establish that the at-fault party is liable for your injury, the person or business may agree to pay immediately or the court may force them to pay damages. We’ll send them a demand letter that lists the full amount we have calculated you owed.
They might accept that claim or negotiate with us. If they refuse to pay the money we have determined you deserve, we’ll take them to court. The compensation we’ll demand includes money to cover the past and ongoing expenses related to your injury. The damages can include:
- Past and future medical expenses related to your injury
- Lost wages or salary related to the injury
- Property damages resulting from the accident (like the cost of your bike)
- Pain and suffering
Your lawyer will gather all of the records related to your accident to thoroughly document your expenses. We will ensure that you receive the full compensation you need to recover from your accident financially.
What to Do After A Bicycle Accident
At The Bourassa Law Group, we can help after you and your loved ones are safe. In the scary moments after your crash, you may not know what to do. Here are some steps you can take.
- Get to safety. If you’re able, move your bike out of the road and check on anyone else involved with the crash.
- Call 911 or the non-emergency line. If you are seriously injured, call 911. If everyone seems OK, call the non-emergency line. It’s important to create an official record of the accident, and a police report is the best version of this.
- Take photographs. Use your smartphone to take pictures of the scene of the accident, your bike, and the other vehicle involved.
- Exchange information. Get the name and insurance information of the other parties involved. Don’t try to argue about the crash or discuss it in detail.
- Get medical treatment. Even if your injuries don’t require emergency treatment, go to a doctor as soon as possible. Take photographs of your condition and keep any and all documentation you receive during your treatment.
- Contact a qualified Arizona bicycle accident lawyer. Our attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group are standing by and ready to help you with the next steps.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to decide about my bike accident case?
In Arizona, you have two years from the date of your injury to initiate a personal injury case. This deadline is called the statute of limitations. If you miss it, you may not be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Our lawyers will keep track of this date and be sure your claim is taken to court in time. Contact a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your bike accident.
Will I have to testify in court?
Maybe not. Often, we are able to resolve personal injury cases without going to court at all. Fighting you in court costs insurance companies time and money. Sometimes, they decide that it’s easier and cheaper to agree to pay the damages you deserve. If your bike crash case does go to trial, we will be sure to tell you everything you need to know to feel comfortable.
How much will this cost me?
Right now, nothing. At The Bourassa Law Group, we use a contingency fee system. Instead of charging you for our services up front, we are only paid after your case is successfully resolved. This allows us to represent clients who really need the professional help we provide, like you. We know how serious bicycle accidents can be and we know you need to concentrate on your health, not more bills. We’ll get a check only when you do.
The Bourassa Law Group is Your Best Bet for Arizona Bicycle Accidents
Our firm provides exceptional service for our clients, and we provide our expert knowledge at a reasonable price. When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve full, fair compensation from the responsible parties. We can help you get that. Contact us today at (480) 867-7177 or fill out our form to begin your free, confidential initial consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.