As lawyers who handle bike accident cases in Phoenix, we were very saddened to hear of a fatal Phoenix bicycle accident. According to ABC15, a 79-year-old man was killed on November 20, 2011 while riding his bicycle at mid-block across Seventh Street, south of Beardsley Road. The man was struck by a vehicle that was driving southbound. The bicyclist was taken to a local trauma hospital and died later from his injuries. As it was determined that the driver of the vehicle did not appear to be impaired, police are still investigating the accident.
Because of the nature of our work, unfortunately we often see situations like this. We sincerely offer our condolences to the family of the victim. Our prayers are sent out to the family.
Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to data on fatal crashes in Phoenix in 2009, the fatal accident count was 144. According to the Arizona Crash Facts, there were 19 bicyclists who were killed in 2010. There were 1,583 who were injured in the same year.
Arizona State Bike Law
If there is a bicycle lane provided on the road, then the bicyclist should use that lane when riding. When a bicyclist is riding on the roadway and a vehicle wants to overtake the bike, the larger vehicle should give a safe distance of not less than three feet from the bicycle while passing. This distance should be maintained until the vehicle has safely passed the bicycle.
Biker’s Right of Way
If a cyclist is using the bicycle lane, then the biker has the right of way on the road. However, because the bicycle is smaller and offers less protection than an enclosed car, it is only right that the larger vehicle give the right of way to the bicycle. This is also part of the responsibility of the vehicle driver to practice due care and avoid colliding with others on the road.
Contact an Expert Phoenix Bicycle Accident Attorney
An expert Phoenix bicycle accident attorney should be consulted in the case of a fatal bike accident. Attorney Mark Breyer is an expert in injury and wrongful death law, and he has handled many bicycle accident cases. The family of the victim more than likely has many questions. At the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. we are here to answer any questions. It may be that you do not need a lawyer at all. If we can help by just answering your legal questions, please give us a call. We offer free consultations just by calling (602) 457-6222. Please also visit our Husband and Wife Law Team Facebook page for firm news and other topics of interest.