Flagstaff Bicycle Accident Lawyers
The large majority of bicycle accidents are preventable, and they occur because drivers and bicycle riders are not aware of each other on the road. Statistics reported by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) don't look good for bicycle riders, with more than 1,600 people sustaining injuries in crashes on their bicycles each year throughout the state. More than 20 people die as a result of the injuries they sustain. With increasing numbers of cyclists sharing the road with vehicles in Flagstaff, there's bound to be an increase in crashes, too. If you're a cyclist, it's critical that you learn the basic skills, and the advanced ones, to help yourself stay safe, no matter what the motorists do.
Although statistics show that the drivers of motor vehicles cause most bicycle accidents, there are steps that cyclists can take to help prevent crashes and harm to themselves or others. Needless to say, an inattentive driver may still injure bicyclists who follow all of the rules of the road, and those who are hurt by a driver's negligence should contact a Flagstaff personal injury lawyer. Here are some cyclist safety tips:
- Double check the oncoming traffic before you head onto the road. This means checking before you leave a driveway (even your own).
- Slow down when you're coming close to corners, driveways, alleyways, and sidestreets, or other areas that may have obstructed views. You never know when a car is going to “come out of nowhere”.
- Follow the law. Too many cyclists think that they do not need to follow the law when it comes to stopping for red lights, slowing down at crosswalks, stopping at stop signs, and giving the right of way to vehicles. Just because you are on a bicycle does not mean that you don't have to follow the law.
- Make left hand turns with caution. Remember, just because you are following the law does not mean that motorists will follow the law, or notice you. Signal before changing lanes to get into traffic to make your left hand turn, and yield to vehicles.
- Use the bicycle lane as much as possible when you are traveling. It's tempting to ride out into traffic to give yourself a little more space, but you should ride in the bike lane whenever one is present. The bicycle lane is there for your protection and to give you the right of way throughout as much of your travels as possible. Don't forget that it's there.
- Never swerve out into traffic. Always signal. Even if there is something in the shoulder of the road or in the bike lane, you should always signal before moving into traffic. If you find that there is a barrier in your way, you should be sure to slow down and wait until it is safe to go around it.
Every bicycle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries to the head, neck, back, brain, and spine, and those cyclists who are injured by a driver's negligence should reach out to a bike accident attorney. The Husband & Wife Law Team understands the road sharing laws and liability for drivers who hit bicycle riders. We use our knowledge along with evidence and eyewitness testimony from the crash to negotiate a fair settlement that will cover a rider's medical expenses and recovery, however long it may be.
Call Flagstaff personal injury attorneys Alexis and Mark Breyer at (602) 457-6222 today for a no-cost assessment of your bicycle accident case. Rest assured, we have successfully handled many bike cases, including numerous which have resulted in serious injuries. We are here to help you.
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