Phoenix Bicycle Accident Lawyer
An experienced Phoenix bicycle accident lawyer knows crashes can result in severe injuries and sometimes cost victims their lives. If bicyclists survive collisions with motor vehicles, they can suffer life-changing injuries.
At Gallagher & Kennedy, we understand that most bicycle accidents stem from driver negligence or recklessness. We have helped dozens of bicyclists and their loved ones throughout Arizona recover compensation from the at-fault drivers who caused these bicycle accidents. We can help your family recover compensation, as well. Contact our Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation if you recently sustained injuries in a bicycle accident.
Why Choose Us?
- We have fought and won compensation on behalf of victims and families in some of Arizona’s highest-profile injury cases, including those arising from bicycle accidents.
- We have obtained outstanding results for past clients, recovering over $120 million in just one year.
- We have over 100 years of collective experience.
- We understand the financial hardships following most bicycle accidents and offer our services on a contingency fee basis.
We know you have many options when seeking a bicycle accident lawyer and we’d appreciate the chance to advise you about our services and share past results in similar cases. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
When Should You Contact a Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Although Arizona law does not require hiring a bike accident lawyer, having legal representation during insurance claim negotiations and an injury trial is always in your best interests. When you have suffered injuries in a serious accident, your attorney is someone you can trust to protect your interests.
Unlike an insurance company whose goal is to minimize your payout to save money, the Phoenix bike accident lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy only get paid for their services if you do. Put your faith in our experienced bicycle accident attorneys to maximize your chances of a positive outcome in your bicycle injury case.
The more time that passes after your accident, the more challenging it can be to discover and preserve evidence to support your claim. State law also places strict deadlines on injury claims, which can often be as little as 180 days. Therefore, contacting a bicycle accident lawyer as quickly as possible after your accident will likely benefit you.
Cycling in Phoenix
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 830 bicyclists suffered injuries, and another 33 cyclists lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in Arizona in 2020.
Phoenix has about 600 miles of bike lanes and 100 additional miles of bike paths and trails. The terrain is largely flat with sunny weather, making it ideal for more and more people to ride bicycles for fun, exercise, and transportation. Even if you are visiting the city or do not own a bicycle, you can rent a bicycle from many companies or even take a tour.
From downtown Phoenix, many people ride bikes to the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, or Papago Park. There are more features on the outskirts of Phoenix, including South Mountain Park and Sonoran Preserve’s Skip Rimsza Paseo.
No matter where you ride and how enjoyable a ride might be, you are always at risk of a bicycle crash. With all the benefits and attractions of bicycling in Phoenix comes a dark side of cycling. Phoenix ranked eighth among the top cities for bicyclist injuries and fatalities in recent years, with five percent of traffic fatalities involving cyclists.
While Phoenix officials plan to greatly increase bike lanes, they will not complete them for decades. Cyclists in Phoenix risk serious injury due to negligent drivers and other hazards, and they should seek legal help following an injury or the loss of a loved one on a bicycle.
Why Do Bicycle Accidents Happen in Arizona?
Negligent drivers can easily collide with bicyclists in Arizona. A negligent driver may operate a vehicle while distracted, drunk, drowsy, or otherwise incapacitated — limiting the driver’s ability to stay within the lines, obey speed limits, and stop at red lights. Reckless and careless drivers may risk bicyclists’ lives in many ways, such as driving too closely to bicyclists, turning left in front of bikers, or striking bicyclists from behind.
Another common cause of bicycle accidents in Arizona is roadway defects. Bicyclists cannot always safely navigate roadway defects — such as unclear signage, potholes, or other surface deficiencies—as motorists can. The lightweight frames of bicycles make them much more susceptible to debris, loose gravel, potholes, tree limbs, grass shavings, and other roadway hazards.
Local and state governments have a legal duty to keep roads reasonably safe for ordinary travel. When government entities fail to do so, and a bicyclist injury or death occurs, the victim and their family may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Do You Have a Bike Accident Claim?
Filing a lawsuit in Arizona after a bicycle accident requires you to establish negligence before a judge and/or jury.
Negligence is a careless disregard for the safety of others, which you can establish through four separate elements:
- First, you need to show the at-fault driver or other party owed you a legal duty to exercise reasonable care.
- Second, you must prove that the at-fault party breached this duty of care through some act of negligence, recklessness, or intent to harm.
- Third, you must show that your bicycle accident directly resulted from the at-fault party’s breach of duty.
- Fourth, you must prove that you suffered specific damages in the bicycle accident, such as personal injuries or property damage.
A Phoenix bicycle accident lawyer from Gallagher & Kennedy can help you meet the necessary burden of proof in your Arizona bicycle accident claim.
Phoenix Bicycle Accident FAQs
Do you have a bike accident claim?
Bike accident claims arise when someone else’s conduct causes injuries. We can evaluate whether someone else should be liable for your losses and seek the compensation you deserve from the proper parties.
What is my bicycle injury claim worth?
Valuing an injury claim is a complex process. First, we look at your past losses, including medical bills, lost income, and other out-of-pocket costs. Then, we determine whether you will have future financial losses, such as future treatment expenses or lost earning ability. We also consider your intangible losses, including pain and suffering or permanent injuries.
Some losses are easier to calculate, but you never want to underestimate what your claim is worth.
What if my injuries seem minor?
Some injuries seem minor at first and although you might feel sore or disoriented, you don’t feel concerned enough to seek medical care. This is a mistake. Medical treatment is critical following a bike crash. You might have injuries you do not recognize without diagnostic testing.
For example, disorientation or fatigue can be from a concussion, and all brain injuries are serious matters. A soft tissue injury can start with mild soreness but escalate to chronic pain that impedes your movement without treatment. Getting treatment ensures you receive proper treatment and have records to prove your injury claim.
Call Us for Your Free Consultation With Our Phoenix Bicycle Accident Lawyers
At Gallagher & Kennedy, our plaintiffs’ attorneys offer free, no-obligation case evaluations to answer your questions and explain your rights after serious bicycle accidents. A bicycle accident lawyer understands the confusion and financial stress that can follow an accident, and we are here to relieve both.
We can help you obtain a settlement or judgment award from the person or entity that caused your recent bicycle accident. Call us today for your free, confidential consultation with an experienced Phoenix bicycle accident lawyer. Contact us at (602) 530-8400.
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Gallagher & Kennedy – Phoenix Office
2575 E Camelback Rd, Suite 810
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Tel: (602) 530-8400