What to Do After a Bike Accident in Phoenix
Phoenix Lawyers Explain How to Handle a Bicycle Collision With a Vehicle
Everyone wants to know their rights after a bike accident in Phoenix, right? Let's face it, when you are involved in an accident you probably don't know the laws at that time. You probably won't know what to do, where to turn for help, or how to proceed. And if that's the case, you won't be alone. Most people don't understand their rights after a collision on their bicycle. Most people are surprised to know that bicycles are considered a vehicle on the roads of Arizona but that's the reality.
Who is Responsible?
A bicycle rider and a motor vehicle rider have the same rights and responsibilities while on the road. It used to be riding a bike was just fun and that's still the case but it's important if you are riding a bike to know that there are a lot of laws out there that you must follow. These laws also are there to protect you if you are hit. More than that, it's critical for you as a bicycle rider to understand the facts regarding your accident and know how to protect your rights.
In the end, that's what it is all about. Having fun riding your bicycle while also keeping safe, and if hurt, knowing your legal rights. Here are some pointers that will help you understand more about your rights and what to do after a bicycle accident.
- If the other driver caused your collision, they can be held financially responsible for your injuries and other damages. Bicyclists have the same rights on the road as other vehicles, in addition to a few more when it comes to the bike lane. If the motorist in your accident was speeding, changed lanes without signaling, pulled into the bike lane, or broke another law, you may be able to sue.
- A personal injury attorney will not just seek damages for your injuries. Attorneys can help you seek compensation for damages to your bicycle, your hospital bills, your lost wages, your pain and suffering, and other financial detriment.
- Even if you weren't wearing a helmet, that doesn't mean the accident, or your injuries, was your fault. Arizona does not require cyclists over the age of 18 to wear a helmet, but the insurance company might try to convince you that you deserve less compensation because you weren't wearing a helmet. Never allow the insurance company to bully you or convince you that you did something wrong if you didn't.
- It is always worth calling an injury attorney after a bicycle crash. If you were hit by a car and sustained injuries while you were riding your bicycle, calling an attorney is the only way you will know if you have a case against the driver that hit you. Your Phoenix injury lawyer will look over all of the aspects of your case and determine how best to proceed to get you the most compensation possible to ensure that you are not left holding the bag on your medical bills.
- Being safe will not always prevent you from being involved in a bicycle accident, or sustaining injuries. Although you can use a headlight on your bicycle and a headlamp on your helmet, wear a helmet at all, and even wear reflective clothing, some drivers still don't pay attention, watch for bicycles, or provide riders with the respect they deserve, and have a legal right to, on the road. If you're a regular rider, it pays to keep identification on you at all times, take every precautionary measure, and have the name and number of a personal injury attorney somewhere you, or your family, can easily access it.
Although it is taking time for drivers on the roads of Arizona to become completely accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists, change is happening. Until the day when every driver gives cyclists their just space and respect, and even forever after, keep your eyes on the road and your mind on safety.
Bicycle Accident Tips
- Do not lightly dismiss a bike accident. It may seem that you and your bike are not injured or damaged, but you could find out down the road that indeed you and your bike sustained harm.
- Remain calm. A non-confrontational attitude will allow you to gather the information you need.
- Call the police. Insist that the police officer file a report. If an officer does not respond, go to the nearest police station and file a report within 72 hours.
- Obtain the motor vehicle operator's name, address, phone number, license plate number and insurance information.
- If possible, obtain the name, address and phone number of all witnesses.
- Take photos of the accident scene, your bike, all involved vehicles and your injuries.
- Get necessary medical treatment.
- Have your bike inspected for damage at a reputable bike shop.
- Retain a reputable bicycle accident lawyer, like those at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., before giving a statement to the motor vehicle operator's insurance company.
- Allow your bicycle accident lawyers to ascertain the full extent of damage to your bike and your injuries before making a settlement.
Call the Husband and Wife Law Team at (602) 267-1280 Today
There are numerous bicycle accident attorneys, but Breyer Law Offices, P.C., specializes in personal injury claims. Our legal team focuses entirely on personal injury claims. We are highly regarded in the legal community, are prepared to take cases (when necessary) to trial, and have on our team one of only 2 percent of Arizona's certified specialists in injury and wrongful death.
Most importantly, however, we treat every one of our clients with the attention he or she deserves. Many bike collision attorneys have so many clients that individuals become numbers. At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., our clients receive the respect and dignity they deserve.
Call our experienced Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys at (602) 267-1280 and have your inquiries answered and any questions you may have explained to you in an honest and straightforward manner. Call us for a free consultation today.