Bicycle Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
Here in Phoenix, there is nothing more soothing than a bike ride in late spring, as you take in the fresh air and lovely weather. But like any city, our streets can be treacherous for local bicyclists. While car drivers should always respect cyclists and avoid hitting them, in some instances, riding defensively can protect you from suffering a serious or fatal injury.
E-bikes are everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. In most larger towns and cities, e-bikes, or electric bikes, are commonplace. You’ll see them parked near restaurants and other hotspots, as well as available for rental. You’ll see people riding them around town, on sidewalks where it’s allowed, through parks, and on roadways. You’ll also see them on recreational trails now thanks to the secretary of the interior signing an order in August 2019 allowing electric bikes on public lands.
Motorized scooters are the hottest trend for people living in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. The scooters are provided by private rental companies and being touted as convenient, eco-friendly, and relatively affordable.
But each innovation brings questions regarding safety, and the new scooter craze is no different. As more scooters appear on the roads and accidents continue to happen, people are starting to question how these vehicles can be made safer.
Yes, you can! Arizona is officially on the map with a designated bicycle route for bikers who want to ride all the way across the state. State officials worked together with the Adventure Cycling Association to develop this route. It’s an important tourist attraction for riders from out of state, who bring in about $88 million to Arizona’s economy each year.
Most cyclists in Arizona try to bike as safely as possible. But they could be breaking some rules of the road for bicyclists and not even know it!
The city of Tempe has several multi-use paths and bridges. Most of the paths are paved and ideal for walking and biking and are ADA accessible. Bikers and pedestrians can enjoy landscaping and even art by local artists. Many paths are lighted and have benches or resting areas. The paths are funded in part by federal transportation grants and are ideal not only for leisure and recreation but also for commuting via bicycle.
Scottsdale is currently recognized as a “gold level” bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Scottsdale works to provide safe accommodations for cyclists and encourages people to bike to work or for recreational purposes. The city puts out promotional materials that remind residents to bike when possible, follow safety rules, and look for bike lanes and paths wherever they are available.
New Year’s Safety Resolutions – Ride Your Bike the Way You Drive Your Car…Follow the Rules of the Road!
With our temperate weather and beautiful scenery, biking is a great way to get around Phoenix. Sadly though, Phoenix bike accidents aren’t uncommon so it’s important cyclists do everything they can to keep themselves safe. One of the best ways to do this is to remember that riding a bike on the road is really no different than driving a car. The same rules apply, although there are other rules of the road that apply only to cyclists. If you’re going to be biking around the city in the New Year, make a resolution to brush up on all the rules that apply while you’re out there.
Riding a bicycle in Mesa is not without risks. Statistics show that in Arizona, there were nearly 2,000 bicycle accidents that occurred in 2011 alone. Of these, 1,600 cyclists were injured and 23 were killed. If you’re on a bicycle and are in a crash, particularly if you are involved in a collision with an automobile, chances are that you will suffer a serious injury. It is important to remember that both the driver of the automobile and their insurance agents will try to pin the blame on you for the accident, given that Arizona has a comparative negligence law.
In many ways, cycling is the ideal transportation method. It’s green, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to stay fit. Home to ASU and bustling Mill Ave., Tempe is something of a burgeoning bike hub, with students and residents alike exploring the town on two wheels. Yet the modern cyclist faces hidden perils. From blind spots and potholes to careless drivers, the road can be a minefield—especially in driver-centric Arizona.
Sadly, car-bike collisions often end in broken bones, as unprotected bodies have no real protection against the force of a fast-moving car.
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