When you get in the car, logically you know that you have a chance of getting in a car accident, however small that chance is. What about when you get on a bicycle? Even if you are just going for a ride in your neighborhood, bicycles share the road with cars, and so there is a chance of getting into an accident. Bicycle accidents are not very common, but they are serious when they occur.
The injury attorneys at Thompson Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been in a bicycle accident. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.
By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people.
Is a Cyclist Considered a Pedestrian?
The short answer here is that it depends. A pedestrian is a person traveling outside their vehicle on foot or using other modes of transportation like roller skates, skateboards, wheelchairs, or tricycles. Whether a bicyclist is considered a pedestrian varies depending on city and where the accident took place. In the Phoenix valley, a bicyclist is generally considered a pedestrian when they are following pedestrian rules like riding their bikes on a sidewalk or crossing the street using pedestrian crosswalks. They are considered a separate category when they are driving in bicycle lanes and turning with traffic. For more information on pedestrian accidents, check out our Pedestrian Accidents page.
In other words, bicycle accidents are considered a bicycle accident when the cyclist acts like a vehicle on the road. Bicycle accidents are considered pedestrian accidents when the cyclist follows rules for pedestrians.
In 2020, there were 1,275 bicycle accidents across Arizona, with the vast majority (1,210) taking place in Maricopa County. This makes up approximately 0.78% of the accidents for that year. However, while these accidents may not be common, they have a high injury rate, with almost 97% of cyclists being killed or injured.
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Hospitals Near You
Depending on where you are in the Valley, here’s a list of some hospitals that may be close to you.
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At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including those from bicycle accidents. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.
If you have been in a bicycle accident, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.
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