Bicycle Accident Lawyer – Chandler, AZ

Bicycle riding is very popular in Chandler.  The city has 327 miles of paved bike paths and 100 miles of defined bike lanes. The League of American Bicyclists has named Chandler one of most bicycle-friendly cities in the United States. Mapmyride lists over 4,000 cycling routes in the area.  The City of Chandler sponsors an annual Family Bike Ride and other biking events. In the event of an accident, a Bicycle accident lawyer can help.

Chandler bike trails include:

  • The Paseo Trail – a 6.5 mile, 10-foot-wide concrete multi-use pathway on the eastern side of the Consolidated Canal.  The trail is part of an interconnected series of trails that run through Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa.
  • The Western Canal Path – a 13-mile path along the Western Canal, running through Chandler, Tempe, and Gilbert.

The 25,000 square foot Chandler Bike Park at Espee Park offers a place for BMX riders to practice stunts.

But where there are bicycles, there are bicycle accidents.

Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics

If you or your family member has been injured in a bicycle accident, you might think that such a devastating scenario is uncommon. On the contrary, bicycle accidents happen with a high frequency, especially in warm-weather states like Arizona.

Even if you have not experienced a bicycle accident, you should be aware of the dangers on the road as well as your legal recourse in the event of a collision.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

The unfortunate truth is that a bicyclist can do everything in his power to stay within the law and ride safely yet still end up in a collision with an unsafe driver that causes injury or death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 1 percent of all trips taken in the United States are made by bicycle. Yet bicyclists are extremely vulnerable as they are at the mercy of drivers who operate heavy vehicles at high speeds.
•Annually, about 500,000 people are sent to emergency rooms after bicycling accidents.
•More than 700 individuals are killed each year as a result of these accidents.

While most people think that it is predominantly children and teens who die as a result of risky bike riding behavior, those aged 16 and older account for 86 percent of bicycle-related fatalities.

Adults ages 45 and older and adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24 perish at a higher rate after suffering a bike accident.

In terms of nonfatal injuries suffered as a result of bicycle accidents, those between the ages of 5 and 24 are the most vulnerable. The bicycle accidents involving children, adolescents and young adults account for nearly 60 percent of all the emergency visits relating to bicycle injuries.

Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics

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In terms of Arizona’s bicycle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the state has been consistently ranked in the top 10 for bicycle traffic fatalities. While Arizona is the 16th most populous state, its bicycle fatalities ranked fifth in the nation in 2009.
•On average, 24 Arizona bicyclists die each year as a result of bicycle accidents, but 30 bicycle fatalities occurred in the state throughout this past year. This is significantly higher than the 18 deaths that occurred during the previous year.
•Over the past decade, the state’s high for bicycle related fatalities occurred in 2005 when 36 bicyclists died.

In 2012, the number of Arizona bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle totaled 2,149. This figure dropped to 2,039 in 2013.

The total number of cyclists injured in the state of Arizona throughout 2012 totaled 1,766. The number dropped to 1,679 in the following year.

This figure is an accurate representation of the state’s 13 year average of 1,655 bicycle accident injuries. In particular, Phoenix averages about 475 yearly accidents involving collisions between bicyclists and vehicles. Out of these, about 10 deaths result each year.

Laws and Safety Tips for Bicycle Riders in Arizona

By law in Arizona:

  • Every person riding a bicycle must have a regular seat.
  • Every bicycle must have working brakes.
  • Riders may only ride two abreast, except on bike paths.
  • Riders must keep one hand on the handlebars at all times.
  • Riders may not attach bicycles to other vehicles, or hold on to other vehicles on a roadway.
  • Riders must use lights when riding at night.

The Office of Highway Safety suggests the following safety tips for cyclists:

  • Wear a helmet – it may save your life.
  • Make sure that the bike is safe to ride and has working brakes.
  • Wear fluorescent or bright-colored clothing when riding during the day.
  • Carry books and other items in a backpack or bicycle carrier.
  • Avoid riding at night.  If you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing.
  • Have reflectors on the front and rear of the bicycle.
  • Obey the same traffic rules as motorists do.
  • Signal lane changes and turns.
  • Check carefully for traffic at intersections.
  • Stay alert for potholes, storm grates, or anything else that could make you fall.
  • Stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
  • Ride far enough away from the curb to avoid car doors opening.

Getting Compensation after a Bicycle Accident

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident in the Chandler area, and another person was at fault, the Thompson Law Firm, Bicycle accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for your injuries.

We work on a contingency basis – we don’t get paid unless you get paid.

Please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation.