As Gilbert car accident injury attorneys, we were extremely saddened to hear about a 14-year-old boy who was seriously injured on January 2. He was riding his bike across a crosswalk when he was hit by a pickup truck around 12:30 p.m., according to Fox 10. The boy was flown to Maricopa Medical Center with critical injuries to his head. He was not wearing a helmet. Many people in Arizona think if you are injured while not wearing a helmet that you do not have a personal injury claim, but that is not the law in Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time, and we wish the boy a full recovery.
Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics
There were 19 bicyclists killed in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). There were two bicyclists killed aged 10-14 years in 2010 and 212 injured.
Gilbert Bicycle Accident Law
According to ARS 28-792, anyone using a designated crosswalk has the right of way; however, they should still obey traffic signals. If the boy was crossing without the proper signal, the pickup truck driver may not have had enough warning. However, police believe the truck involved in this Arizona child bicycle accident was traveling at speeds between 35 and 40, which indicate that the truck driver did not slow down very much at all. This could indicate the driver was distracted or impaired. According to ARS 28-794, drivers must exercise due care regardless of whether the person crossing the street has obeyed traffic signals or not.
Contact a Gilbert Personal Injury Attorney
A knowledgeable attorney will uncover all facts regarding this case to determine exactly what happened. The Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. review accident files, talk to police and witnesses and study the scene of the accident to determine who was at fault. It is our goal to achieve the best possible injury settlement to cover the cost of hospital stays and more. Contact us for a free consultation.