Phoenix Bicycle Accident Lawyer
An experienced bicycle accident lawyer knows crashes can result in catastrophic injuries and, in some cases, cost victims their lives. If bicyclists survive collisions with motor vehicles, they can suffer life-changing injuries. 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.
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 may be able to help your family recover compensation, as well. If you recently sustained injuries in a bicycle accident, contact our Phoenix personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.
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 a single year.
- We have over 100 years of collective experience in our plaintiffs’ Personal Injury and Wrongful Death group.
- We understand the financial hardships following most bicycle accidents and offer our services on a contingency fee basis.
When Should You Contact a Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorney?
Although Arizona law does not require you to hire a personal injury lawyer, having legal representation during insurance claim negotiations and a personal injury trial likely is 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 accident lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy only get paid for their services if you do. Put your faith in our experienced personal injury 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 personal injury claims, which can often be as little as 180-days. Therefore, contacting a bicycle accident lawyer as quickly as possible after your accident is likely to be beneficial to you.
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.
Other common causes of bicycle accidents in Arizona are 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 maintain roadways in a manner which will keep them reasonably safe for ordinary travel. When government entities fail to do so, and a bicyclist injury or death occurs as a result, the victim and his or her family may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Do You Have a Personal Injury 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 was the direct result of 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.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With a Bicycle Accident Lawyer
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 may be able to help you obtain a settlement or judgment award from the person or entity that caused your recent bicycle accident. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Phoenix bicycle accident lawyer today. Contact us at (602) 560-4019.