Phoenix Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycles are often involved in crashes because they are less visible than cars. In addition, poor roads and hazards such as blind corners, obstructions, and debris can make bicycling perilous. Even those wearing helmets and taking precaution to stay out of blind spots and avoid turning vehicles may be the unwitting victim of a bicycle crash.
When a bicycle accident happens in Arizona, due to negligence or defective parts, contact the established Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. to schedule a consultation. Our lawyers serve Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, the Greater Phoenix Area and Throughout Arizona.
Why You Need Experienced Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorneys
With our Phoenix bike accident attorneys averaging more than 30 years of personal injury experience, we have helped numerous accident victims and their families obtain full compensation for injuries and wrongful death. Our firm includes attorneys that have received the highest ratings possible from Martindale-Hubbell, and that have been certified as a specialist in personal injury and wrongful death litigation by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Specialization, a certification possessed by less than 1% of all practicing Arizona attorneys.
Our firm only represents accident victims and their families in seeking full and fair compensation. We maintain a low caseload so that we can devote the time and attention to each client’s case. Learn more about how we advance the cases of our clients and deal with insurance companies.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Bicycle Accident?
Many possible defendants could be liable in a bicycle accident claim. It is also possible for a bicycle accident claim to involve multiple defendants.
If a driver hits a bicyclist, the driver will likely absorb liability for the accident as long as the plaintiff’s attorney can prove the driver was negligent and that his or her negligence directly caused the incident in question.
A Public Entity
A public entity may be liable if its failure to properly maintain the road where a bicycle accident occurred leads to an injury. However, the process of filing a lawsuit against a government entity is very different from pursuing a claim against a private party. Some government offices and agencies are immune to civil liability or only offer limited amounts of compensation for civil lawsuits. They hold to a much shorter statute of limitations, so the time limit for filing a claim is narrower.
The Product Manufacturer
A product manufacturer could face liability if a bicycle accident occurs due to a defective product, such as a braking system failure from a design defect. The plaintiff’s attorney will need to prove the product was defective and that defect caused the damages. Design, production, or marketing can cause product defects if the manufacturer fails to include necessary instructions or safety warnings.
Multiple parties can absorb liability as well. For example, a bicyclist attempts to slow down as he approaches an intersection with a red light, but the brakes fail from a design defect and he coasts into the intersection. Another driver traveling on the cross street sped into the intersection before the light changed and hits the cyclist. It is likely in this situation that both the bicycle manufacturer and the negligent driver will absorb some amount of liability.
In some cases, a cyclist will also absorb some amount of liability for his or her damages if a case reveals that he or she contributed to the accident or was negligent in any way that contributed to his or her damages. In states that follow a comparative negligence law, this means the plaintiff can only recover damages if his or her fault does not exceed the defendant’s. The plaintiff will however lose a portion of the case award equal to his or her fault percentage.
Bike Accident FAQs
How Long Do I Have to File a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit?
Most personal injury claims in Phoenix have a two-year statute of limitations for filing civil claims. However, claims against certain government agencies only allow a 180-day statute of limitations.
What Do I Need to Prove to Win My Case?
The plaintiff’s attorney will need to prove that the defendant in the lawsuit was negligent. The Phoenix bicycle accident attorney must also prove the negligence directly caused the plaintiff’s claimed damages. The plaintiff’s attorney will also need to prove the extent of the damages in question and prove they resulted from the defendant’s negligence and not some other cause.
What Damages Can I Secure From a Lawsuit?
Plaintiffs who succeed with their bicycle accident claims can secure compensation for their medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering resulting from a defendant’s negligence. It is also possible for the plaintiff to secure punitive damages. Punitive damages can be recovered if the defendant’s actions exceed the scope of typical negligence or involved criminal activity.
Common Causes of Arizona Bicycle Accidents
Driver negligence that results in cycling accidents and injuries often results from a driver:
- Failing to yield or stop
- Turning into a street into an oncoming bicyclist
- Opening a vehicle door into a cyclist
- Failing to stop at crosswalks
- Failing to stop before a driveway
- Sideswiping cyclists on the shoulder
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving – often from texting and driving
Other Causes of Cycling Accidents
Bicycle accidents typically result from collisions with cars. This being said, they can also be caused by defective bike design, manufacture, or parts. Additionally, cycling accidents may be caused by dangerous public property conditions. Public property defects such as a substandard sidewalk, a pothole, gratings, or other road conditions, can cause serious injuries. To learn more about recovering compensation from bike accidents caused by defective properties, see our page on premises liability.
Compensation for Cycling Accidents
Because bicycles offer virtually no protection, bicyclists often suffer serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, broken bones and even death. Many injuries are long-lasting and may require years of medical treatment. Our team of Phoenix bicycle accident lawyers will work tenaciously to recover for past injuries and pain and suffering. We will also recover for future pain and suffering, future lost wages, and future medical treatment. It is critical to retain a Phoenix bike accident attorney if you want to recover the maximum amount possible.
The Representation You Need After a Phoenix Bike Accident
Our Phoenix bicycle accident lawyers have decades of experience that can be put to work for you. We offer a free initial consultation and contingency fee representation, so we will only be entitled to a fee upon receipt of a settlement or jury award. Contact us today to learn more about our Phoenix personal injury attorneys!