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Scottsdale Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Bicycle riding is a health-conscious, fuel-free option for short local commutes. Bike-riding is also an environmentally friendly means of travel. Arizona’s warm, sunny climate and mostly flat landscape make cycling an attractive option. The state hosts at least 30 major bicycling events annually. Unfortunately, many of the attributes that make a bike ride so appealing also leave cyclists especially vulnerable to injuries in the event of an accident. Around 100 cyclists and pedestrians are killed in Arizona each year, making it the 7th deadliest state for this type of tragedy.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, you need a skilled Scottsdale bicycle accident lawyer. The Scottsdale legal team of Hastings & Hastings is ready to advocate on your behalf. Contact our Scottsdale office today for a free consultation.

Common Causes of Bike Accidents in Scottsdale

Unfortunately, the majority of bicycle accidents occur due to a driver’s inattention, negligence, or recklessness. Common causes of bike accidents in Scottsdale and the Phoenix area include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Drivers making left turns and focusing on the oncoming traffic on the right and fail to see a cyclist on the left
  • Driver failure to yield to cyclists with the right of way
  • Inadequate following distance
  • Impaired drivers
  • Cyclist error
  • Road damage or malfunctioning traffic signals

If you’ve been hurt in a bike accident caused by another party, seeking compensation for the damages you’ve suffered is an important part of the recovery process. A Scottsdale bike accident attorney with decades of experience in accident claims, including bicycle accidents, can help you take important steps toward physical and financial recovery.

How to Prove Liability in a Bicycle Accident Case

Arizona courts require evidence of liability in bicycle accident cases. This means the accident victim has the task of proving fault. While driver negligence is the most common cause of bike accidents, at other times liability lies with other entities, such as the agency responsible for road and traffic signal maintenance, or a third party. Proving liability in bicycle accident cases requires the following:

  • Showing that the at-fault party owed a duty of care toward the cyclist and others on the roadway to follow traffic laws and avoid distractions
  • That the at-fault party breached this duty of care through an act of negligence or recklessness
  • That the breach directly led to the injury
  • That the accident victim suffered damages as a result of the injury

A skilled personal injury lawyer diligently investigates bike accidents to find proof of liability by examining police reports, accident scene videos or photos, interviewing eyewitnesses, and hiring medical experts and accident reconstruction specialists to craft a compelling case for your compensation.

What Can You Gain From a Bike Accident Claim in Arizona?

Arizona recognizes two types of damages, economic and non-economic. A successful bicycle accident claim results in compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical bills and any future medical expenses for upcoming corrective procedures or treatments
  • Lost wages and any potentially lost wages in the future as you recover
  • Reduced earning capacity in the event that your injuries led to a disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish, PTSD, Anxiety, or Depression related to the accident
  • Loss of consortium or the loss of ability to fully enjoy important relationships
  • Loss of enjoyment of life due to severe injuries

Non-economic damages such as pain, suffering, and PTSD can be even more harmful than economic damages after a bike accident. Accident victims deserve full compensation for all damage caused by another’s negligence.

Why Choose Us As Your Scottsdale Bicycle Accident Lawyers?

The firm of Hastings & Hastings PC has over 90 years of combined experience in personal injury law, including bike accident claims. Our compassionate Scottsdale personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee so you pay nothing upfront. Call (480) 706-1100 or contact us today so we can begin planning the most effective strategy for your case.