Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Phoenix
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a bicycle accident in the Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale or Glendale areas, contact Cruz & Associates.
Compared to motor vehicle drivers, bicycles expose riders to serious injury risks on the road. Possible bike accident injuries include head trauma due to impact with vehicles or the asphalt, bad road rash, or broken bones. In the worst bicycle accident cases, the biker does not survive or suffers debilitating and lifelong injuries.
We can help. After a bicycle injury, contact the experienced accident and personal injury attorneys at Cruz & Associates. Our bilingual team can communicate in English and Spanish.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After a Bicycle Accident
After a bicycle accident, we recommend seeking the help of our personal injury attorneys in the Phoenix area. In the face of mounting medical bills, phone calls from insurance companies, and emotional trauma, you need a trusted legal representative to help you understand the ins and outs of your case.
The lawyers at Cruz & Associates work for you, not the insurance company. An experienced personal injury attorney from our team will walk you through the process of seeking financial recovery from the at-fault driver and other involved parties, and help you negotiate a maximized settlement.
Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities in Phoenix
In every city in the United States, bicyclists have a unique set of rules and regulations they must obey when using public roads and sidewalks. In Arizona, the law treats bicycles as “vehicles,” just like other cars. Bicyclists, therefore, have the same rights as a traditional motor vehicle to operate in roadways. This does not include highways and interstates.
Bicyclists also share the same responsibilities as drivers and must obey standard traffic laws. Some of the most important bike laws include:
Bicyclists have the same rights as drivers, but they also have similar responsibilities. They must stop for stop signs and traffic lights, as well as yield the right-of-way to the appropriate vehicle or pedestrian. Bicyclists in Arizona must signal their intent to turn and may not ride alongside motor vehicles or lane-split. Arizona bikers must keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
Arizona does not have statewide mandatory helmet laws, although many major cities and surrounding counties will require helmets for those under the age of 18. Although not required, it is highly recommended cyclists wear helmets.
In Arizona, bikers must use white headlights and red rear reflectors before dawn and at dusk. Every person riding a bicycle must have a seat. Bikes must have at least one brake that makes wheels skid on dry pavement. Bicyclists also have a responsibility to keep their vehicles well-maintained and in proper working order while on the road.
It is important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a bicyclist, as special rules may apply. After a collision with a motor vehicle, questions of fault and negligence will arise. The other driver may suggest you were at least partially at fault for the collision because you broke some roadway rule. Knowing your rights can help you defend yourself and prove the other party’s fault. Hiring an injury attorney to represent you during a bike accident claim is the best way to secure compensation and protect yourself.
Contact Cruz & Associates to Schedule Your Free Consultation
The personal injury attorneys in our Phoenix office offer free, no-obligation case evaluations to discuss bicycle accident cases with injured victims in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Glendale.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a recent bicycle accident in one of these metropolitan areas, fill out our online contact form or give our Phoenix office a call. One of our experienced bike accident attorneys will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your options.