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The Difference between Arizona Bicycle Accidents in Rural and Urban Areas

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on July 31, 2012

At the Breyer Law Offices, P.C., we know that no matter where you ride your bicycle, there is a possibility that you could be hit by an automobile and sustain serious injuries. For cyclists, it is important to understand the differences between urban and rural areas to help them stay safe on the road.

  • While many urban areas in Arizona, like Tucson and Phoenix, now have widened roads with marked bike lanes, rural areas may still have narrow, unpaved roads with little safe travel space for bicycles.
  • Most urban areas have proper lighting along their streets, highways, and freeways that help cyclists be more visible.
  • Help commonly arrives much quicker for injured individuals in urban areas than rural ones.

Urban and Rural Bicycle Accident Statistics

Despite all of the additional safety measures taken to avoid Arizona bicycle accidents in urban areas, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) still reports a large number of incidents involving bicycles each year. Recent data shows that nearly 2,000 Arizona bike crashes occur each year, accounting for nearly two percent of all car accidents. Nearly 1,600 injuries and around 20 deaths are reported. Around 1,775 of these collisions occur in urban areas, where there are more bicycles, and the remainder occur in rural areas, though the injury rate is approximately the same in both areas and the fatality rate is higher in rural areas.

What an Arizona Bicycle Accident Attorney Could Do to Help

Injuries sustained in Arizona bicycle accidents are often serious and victims should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney for help through their recovery. The Arizona bicycle accident attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. do everything possible within the legal system to assist injured bicycle riders in getting a fair settlement from the driver’s insurance who struck them. We provide free consultations to help injured cyclists and their surviving families make the right decisions for themselves. Call the Husband and Wife Law Team to talk about your situation.

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