DOT Bike-Safety Plan Aims to Minimize Arizona Bike Crashes

Arizona bicycle accident lawyers at Breyer law Offices were surprised to learn that Arizona is considered to be a state that is unsafe to ride a bike. Based on reports by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), there were 1,914 bicycle accidents in 2010 with 19 reported fatalities.

On September 17, 2011, AZ Central reported on ADOT’s bike-safety plan which aims to lessen pedacyclist fatalities. The report shows the details of the plan and how it will help in minimizing bicycle-related injuries and fatalities.

Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics

Being considered as one of the deadliest state for bicyclists is not a good thing. However, bicycle accidents in Arizona havr shown improvement from 2009. Bicycle fatalities in 2009 accounted for 3.10% of the total crash fatalities while injuries reached 1,643. There was a slight decrease in 2010 with 19 fatalities and 1,583 injuries.

ADOT has enumerated the factors of Arizona bike accidents and found some interesting trends. The most common factors of bike accidents are failure to yield when vehicles are turning right and when cyclists are travelling while countering traffic.

Arizona Bike Law

The state of Arizona has bike laws that act as guidelines that need to be followed by cyclists. Bicyclists must adhere to such laws, including stopping for traffic lights and stop signs (ARS 28-644), the use of appropriate headlight and reflectors (ARS 28-817), yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks (ARS 28-792). Arizona bike accident lawyers at Breyer Law Offices can tell you more about Arizona’s bike laws which can be used against those who have caused injuries to another.

Despite existing bike laws, Arizona lacks other safety laws that may be the reason why Arizona has a higher fatality and accident rate for bicyclists than other states.

Contact an Experienced Arizona Bike Accident Lawyer

Contact Alexis and Mark Breyer, Arizona bike accident lawyers, of Breyer Law Offices, P.C. for a free consultation on your bike accident case. The State Bar of Arizona has certified Mark Breyer as a specialist in injury and wrongful death law. We have had many clients call us after talking to other attorneys who have declined their claim because the attorneys do not have a solid grasp of the bike laws in Arizona. Bicycle laws in Arizona are complex. There are certain laws for bicyclists when crossing the walk way and riding with traffic. Even if some of these laws are not followed, there are other laws in Arizona that allow bicyclists to win their personal injury claim. Call today at 602-457-6222 for a straight forward and honest evaluation of your case.

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