When to Hire a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Phoenix
Cycling in Arizona is very well known to be a very popular hobby / sport to thousands of residents and tourists alike. An economic study from ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) shows that in 2013, people from out of state brought in $88 million in revenue on average. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents can be devastating and life altering. When bicycle accidents involve motor vehicles, like cars, buses, or trucks, the chance of the accident being seriously harmful increases. Do not let yourself be an uncompensated victim of a bicycle accident. If you know someone who has been seriously injured by a motor vehicle while riding your bike, including yourself, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law immediately.
Bicycle Injury Statistics
Bike riding is a popular activity in the Phoenix area and across the State of Arizona. ADOT also reports that 23 people were killed and 1,604 injured in Arizona bicycle accidents in the year 2011. Phoenix bike accident lawyers at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law look to represent those cyclists who have been injured in car accidents. When an Arizona motorist negligently strikes someone riding a bike, that bicyclist can make a claim against them for his, or her, damages, including medical bills, pain, suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, and other losses caused by an accident.
Biking injuries are often severe when involving a motor vehicle because bikers have nearly nothing protecting them. We see injuries of the back & neck, multiple fractures, bodily wounds, and serious head trauma. Even low impact collisions can cause serious injury. Allow yourself to heal by seeking justice. Compensate yourself for expenses. Regain control of your life!
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Legal Advocates with In-Depth Cycling Knowledge
At Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, we believe cyclists have virtually the same road rights as motor vehicle drivers. In almost every state, those virtual beliefs hold true according to bicycling laws, so our beliefs are not far-fetched. It is important to ensure your rights are protected with representation from a law firm that understands how bicyclists become victims. By using our qualified law firm, you, or someone you know can seek justice, and obtain maximum compensation in ordinance with your injuries, so the path to recovery can be pursued. When a motor vehicle drivers claims, “I didn’t see the cyclist”, we do not accept this as an excuse. Attention is mandatory when driving a motor vehicle, so people must take responsibility for their negligence. We know what to look for in bicycle accident cases, and are able to ensure our clients’ best interests are protected throughout the legal process.
Team that Communicates
The Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law Bicycle Injury Law Team handles all legal aspects of your case and communicates directly with the insurance companies. We preserve evidence, record witness statements, prepare all legal documents, and organize presentations. All case information is managed digitally for easy access and secure information sharing with our clients. Our team moves quickly while accurately portraying case information in the most favorable light to the insurance company. Efficient communication is a key in acquiring sufficient cyclist accident compensation. Your ruling will depend on quality of the details, so chose Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law!
Knowledge of Different Types of Cyclist Accidents
We are thoroughly prepared and aggressive litigators in all auto-to-cyclist accident cases, and we are ready to handle any type of bicycle accident case, including, but not limited to:
- Hit and run accident
- Drivers rolling through stops
- Sudden lane changes
- Sudden stops
- Bike lane violations
- Bicycle manufacturer defects
- Dangerous road conditions
- Wrongful death
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle to Bicycle Accidents
Our Arizona bicycle accident lawyers find that most bicycle vs. motor vehicle collisions are caused by inattentive drivers. Often motorists pay attention to other cars and trucks on the roadways, but they fail to keep an adequate lookout for the most vulnerable people on the street, such as bicycle riders, and pedestrians. Unfortunately, drivers forget about the many obstacles on the road when they become distracted by the demands of life.
Some of these accidents are easily summarized. Many bicycle accidents occur when motorists make left turns in intersections after waiting for oncoming vehicular traffic to clear, afterward failing to notice bicyclists heading through the intersection with the right-of-way.
Bicyclists are also often injured in “dooring” incidents, which occur when a driver swings open a car door without looking while a bike rider is passing by, so the bicycle rider typically flips over the car door or collides with it. “Dooring” can cause serious injuries among other types of accidents. The Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team understands that these are not simple cases, and cyclist accidents become very complex, so do not be discouraged if you have had this type of accident.
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Protect Yourself Against Cyclist Accidents
To prevent brain damage and head trauma, it is a very good idea for you, and/or your children, to use a helmet while riding a cycle. In the State of Arizona there is currently no bicycle helmet law, and while not using one would not stop a lawsuit against an at-fault party, it could reduce the risk of traumatic head injuries. Make sure to obey traffic laws when riding a bike.
The Arizona Revised Statutes applies to bicycles, as well as cars, so Arizona bike riders in accidents have been surprised to receive traffic citations for not obeying the vehicle code. Resist being caught off-guard by checking local vehicle codes.
In the event you are involved in a Cyclist Accident
If injured in a bicycle accident, you should call the authorities right away, and let the police investigate the incident, so a report can be made. Police reports can be useful in recording the names of everyone involved with the accident, identifying witnesses, taking statements from people at the scene during the time of the accident, and drawing crash diagrams. If possible, contact police immediately. In our experience, negligent motorists will often tell the truth to police on the scene, but if the authorities are not notified until later, defendants often have a chance to change their stories.
If a bike rider is struck by a vehicle, Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law can submit a claim with the negligent motorist’s insurance company. Even if the defendant is uninsured, the person may be able to submit an “uninsured insurance claim” with the help of our Arizona bike accident lawyers.
Our No-Fee Promise
We offer free initial consultations, and finance all costs of litigation. You pay nothing until we obtain a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf. Pursue justice without worrying about price obligations. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law wants you to experience a positive recovery from your accident. We know that legal pursuits can be expensive, so we help cover the costs upfront. If you are already a victim of an accident, you should not have to be a victim of the legal process as well!