Tucson Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles can be deadly. Every year, hundreds of people across the country are fatally injured in bicycle accidents and seriously disabled when they survive these collisions. With little to no protection, bike riders are at a high risk of suffering severe and even catastrophic injuries if they are unlucky enough to be struck by a car. If you or a loved one have been involved in a bike accident in Tucson, chances are that you have been left in a great deal of pain, as well as a state of shock as you realize just how high your medical bills will climb. However, if your accident was caused by negligence, then you may be able to pursue compensation.
But you will need help getting it – and The Husband & Wife Law Team can provide you with the edge you’ll need. Since 1996, The Husband & Wife Law Team of Mark and Alexis Breyer have been providing superior counsel to individuals just like you: people who have been injured, through no fault of their own. We are dedicated to helping you obtain the recovery you deserve, and we have the track record to prove it.
To learn more about how our Tucson bike accident attorneys may be able to assist you, dial (520) 624-4228 or submit your questions in the form to the right.
When you are in a car, you are surrounded by four strong walls, crumple zones, airbags, and securely fastened behind a seat belt. The same cannot be said for cyclists. Bike riders are completely exposed to the world around them. This means that even a minor collision with a car could be enough force to send them flying off of their bikes and onto the pavement.
With no protective walls to take the brunt of the force from impact, your body will end up absorbing all of the energy caused in the collision. The human body is not designed for such high levels of force, and the resulting injuries may be incredibly catastrophic. This means that bike riders are particularly vulnerable to injuries such as broken bones, road rash, and brain damage.
Given how vulnerable bike riders are, it is no surprise that when a bike and car collide, the bike never comes out on top. In fact, the driver is unlikely to suffer any injuries, whereas the bike rider could be left in a catastrophic condition. Depending on the severity of the accident and the negligence at play, you may be suffering from one or more of the following injuries:
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain damage
- Spine and neck injury
- Wrongful death
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
- Severe road rash
- A loss of senses
- Deep abrasions and lacerations
While this list is by no means comprehensive, it does cover some of the more common damages associated with serious bike accidents. Along with such injuries come expenses. Medical fees and rehabilitative services can end up costing bike accident victims thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in recovery. If you, or a loved one, are currently struggling with such expenses after a bike accident, we encourage you to consider your legal options. You may be able to pursue significant compensation from the negligent party.
Bike accidents can happen anywhere. Whether you are coming off of a bike path at Gene C. Reid Park, biking along Broadway to your job in the morning, or even just peddling in a parking lot, if a driver chooses to behave negligently, then you may find yourself in a serious collision. That being said, there are areas and times of day where these accidents are far more common.
Intersections: Coming to an intersection, especially as a bike rider, can be nerve-wracking. With multiple lanes of traffic, several complicated traffic signs, and impatient drivers, it can be difficult to determine just when you have the right of way. Even worse, as a bike rider, you are at the mercy of the drivers around you. If you come to a stop, for example, when the driver behind you intends to run through the intersection, they could hit you from behind and send you flying out into the middle of traffic.
At left-hand turns: When a driver goes to make a left-hand turn, they are supposed to check for traffic on either side of them, as well as their blind spots. This ensures that they don’t run into any other vehicles. Sadly, many drivers neglect to do this, assuming that they have the right of way. If you are on your bike, waiting to go forward to turn left yourself, you may find yourself in an accident with a driver who didn’t care enough to check their blind spots.
Along parked cars: You are riding down a relatively empty road. There is no bike lane, as the side of the road has been taken up by parked cars. Due to this, you are doing your best to keep to the side of the road, in case any drivers behind you become impatient. Suddenly, the driver’s door on one of the parked cars flies open. Without enough time to stop, you slam into it. The force sends you flying off your bike, over the opened door, and onto the pavement, leaving you seriously injured. This is called dooring, and it is a danger that bike riders and motorcycle operators have to face every day.
At night: When the sun begins to set, it becomes harder for drivers and riders alike to see. While you may be on the side of the road, out of the way of most cars, all it takes is one driver who isn’t paying proper attention and turns their wheel slightly too much to the right to cause a serious accident.
If you have recently been involved in an accident and you are reading this page, you might be wondering – do I need to do this? Can’t the insurance companies work this out? Aren’t there other avenues available, besides hiring a Tucson car accident attorney? Above all, what good with this do? Hasn’t the damage already been done? These are all legitimate questions and concerns, which The Husband & Wife Law Team can help you address.
But consider this – while legal action may not be able to undo what has been done, or make the situation any less difficult, it can help you overcome both the immediate and long-term economic issues you may be facing. Bicycle accidents can be pricey due to the severity of the injuries involved. A successful personal injury claim can help you and your family overcome these expenses and put you on the road to physical and financial recovery. A personal injury claim can also account for less objective items such as mental anguish, emotional trauma, and long-term physical therapy that so often accompanies bike accidents.
The Husband & Wife Law Team is ready to assist you with whatever legal needs you may have. We recommend contacting our Tucson bicycle accident attorneys at your earliest convenience so we can begin the process of building your case after a bike accident. If you are unable to meet at our Tucson office or speak in person, we will come to you. Call today. We can be reached at (520) 624-4228.
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