Most Arizona bicycle accidents occur because both the cyclists and the drivers believe they have the right of way, and although the law is on the side of the cyclist, when an accident occurs, being right doesn’t seem like such a great victory. As experienced bicycle accident lawyers in Phoenix, we have seen the devastation a serious accident can cause and encourage both drivers and riders to practice proper safety.
For those driving in cars, safety can be as simple as slowing down in the presence of a cyclist to avoid deadly tailgating behavior. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), on wide lines, drivers should stay approximately three feet away from bicycles while passing in the roadway, unless there is a bicycle lane, in which case, bicyclists should use it instead.
In narrow lanes a cyclist should ride in the middle of the outside lane to force drivers to use the passing lane instead of passing too closely and tempting fate and an accident. Riders should try not to ride too close to the edge of the road or in the gutter as this could invite multiple opportunities for accidents caused by other hazards. ADOT has published a small book about rider safety that all riders may want to consider reading.
What Causes Arizona Bicycle Accidents?
While most Arizona bicycle accidents are caused by various things, both drivers and riders need to be aware of their surroundings. Drivers often seem to forget that a bicycle cannot move as quickly as a car, and engage in tailgating behavior in hopes of encouraging the cyclist to speed up.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
If your loved one has been hurt or killed in an Arizona bicycle accident, you should talk to a skilled personal injury or wrongful death attorney. While litigation may seem like a stressful undertaking, the right attorney can make the process easy, and help you recover both financially and emotionally by working to achieve a settlement that covers medical bills and/or funeral expenses, personal injuries, emotional distress, and other damages. Breyer Law Offices, P.C. will work hard to ensure that you and your family receive the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.