Phoenix Bicycle Accidents May Be Reduced By New Bike Lanes
As Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys, we applaud the city’s decision to install bike lanes along Central Avenue from Camelback Road to Bethany Home Road, according to news reports in AZ Central. Nearly 19,000 vehicles use this stretch of road every day, making it mandatory that bikers have a safe place to ride. Once the changes are made, passing will not be allowed in the curb lane and there will be 6 to 11 feet of space between car lanes and the sidewalk. The result should be a safer place to ride and walk, as well as reduced noise level and slower traffic speeds.
Phoenix Bicycle Accident Statistics
As injury lawyers that handle Phoenix bicycle accident claims, we know just how important it is for bicyclists to have a safe place to ride. Cars can cause serious injury and death to cyclists. The bike lanes will likely lead to a reduced rate of accidents and to a safer area overall. There were 467bicycle crashes in 2009 and 478 bicycle collisions in 2008, resulting in nine deaths and 423 injuries in 2009 and 6 deaths and 432 injuries in 2008, according to a report released in AZ Central. Overall in Arizona, there were 1,914 bicycle crashes in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). These resulted in 19 deaths and 1,583 bicycle accident injuries in Arizona.
Phoenix Bicycle Accident Tips
We want to make sure all cyclists stay as safe as possible. Here are some bicycle safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet;
- Wear reflective gear and lights at night;
- Wear light clothing that is easily visible during the day;
- Travel with the direction of traffic;
- Use bike lanes whenever available;
- Use arm signals to show drivers your intentions, such as when you are turning;
- Make sure your tires are fully inflated and your bike is in good working condition;
- Watch out for cars and be aware of what they are doing; and
- Obey traffic and safety rules.
Contact a Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney
As personal injury attorneys, we know that even when cyclists obey all traffic and safety rules, they can still be hurt in accidents. That’s where we come in. The Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. represents victims hurt in bike accidents. We strive to put together all of the evidence to obtain the best settlement possible. For an absolutely free consultation, call today.