Bicycling is a sport that people enjoy. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has said that less than two percent of motor vehicle crash deaths involve bicyclists. In 2009, there were 630 bicycle related deaths while an additional 51,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
A bicyclist was seriously injured in a Glendale bicycle accident when he was struck just after midnight at 67th and Northern Avenues (AZCentral 06/09/2011). The man sustained serious injuries, but were not life-threatening. The driver of the vehicle did not receive any charges. Police also reported that the driver had a green light at the time of the accident.
Bicycles are fun to ride. But when riding one in Arizona, don’t forget to be cautious:
- Always wear a DOT approved bicycle helmet that fits well. It will help keep the bicyclist safe from serious head injuries.
- Wear protective clothing while riding a bicycle.
- Be visible to other drivers. Wear brightly-colored clothing and if possible, wear reflective gear when riding a bicycle.
- When riding on the street, follow the flow of traffic and ride in the correct lane.
Motor vehicle drivers should always remember that bicycles are small and often hard to see. So always watch out for them whenever driving on the streets, especially on intersections where accidents with bicycles are fairly common.
If you or a loved one was injured in an Arizona bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may call our bike crash lawyers in Glendale at (602) 457-6222. We may be able to help.