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Tucson is perfect for bicycling. We have great weather and more sunshine than most other cities. In many areas, there are paths or street lanes made just for bicycles. Therefore, it is no surprise that we have a larger number of cyclists on the roads. Unfortunately, this also means that bicycle accidents may happen more frequently. If you were involved in an accident, you should call a personal injury lawyer.

Any experienced cyclist knows that the main causes of bicycle accidents come from three sources: unaware motorists, swinging car doors, and jaywalking pedestrians. Cyclists are expected to be alert to these dangers while simultaneously keeping an eye on the pavement for potholes, metal plates, and other ground-level hazards.

Bicycle accidents are much less common than those involving pedestrians or automobiles, but these types of accidents often result in more severe injuries. Because of this, it is important that a cyclist always wears a helmet and stays alert to their surroundings.

This is especially important in Tucson. While the city itself is known for being bicycle-friendly, the state of Arizona actually has the fourth highest cycling fatality rate in the United States. According to a study of federal transportation data obtained by USA Today, Arizona had by far the worst death rate in the United States for bicycling accidents, with 6.5 fatalities for every 100,000 people. In addition, three of the four most dangerous cities for red-light running fatalities are located in the state of Arizona. Phoenix had the largest number out of all urban areas, followed by Memphis, Mesa, and Tucson.

Bicyclists’ Rights

Bicyclists have rights just like pedestrians and other motorists and it is important to know these rights. In 2003, 26-year-old Tucsonan Brad Gorman was riding his bike to work when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver. Andy Clarke from the League of American Bicyclists says that this tragedy was the catalyst for laws to be passed in Arizona to help prevent bike accidents and outline clear rights for cyclists.

In 2000, Arizona passed legislation that states when a vehicle is passing a bicyclist, the driver must give the bicyclist at least three feet of clearance. This increases to five feet when the driver is operating a commercial truck, semi, recreational vehicle (RV), or bus. The wind pushed out from the side of these larger vehicles can easily cause a bicycle crash. If room permits, commercial drivers are required to give a cyclist a full lane of clearance.

Cars driving recklessly can cause catastrophic and fatal bicycle accidents. Motor vehicle drivers are required by law to slow down and carefully pass cyclists. Motorists need to be especially careful at railroad crossings, cattle guards, construction zones, and in poor weather conditions. Motorists are not allowed to use their horns when following a cyclist. If the sudden blast of a horn startles the cyclist and causes a crash, the driver of the motor vehicle can be held liable for the accident.

If you were involved in a bicycle accident where the driver violated any of these regulations, it is even more important that you contact one of our Tucson personal injury lawyers. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What to Do After a Bicycle Accident

If you or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident, it is important to try to stay as calm as possible. Talk to the driver (if the accident involved a motor vehicle) and get their personal and insurance information. Make sure you do not confront the driver and that you are as polite as possible while getting the information you need.

You also need to get medical treatment right away. Even if your injuries do not seem serious at first, you may have a condition that is not immediately obvious. In order to make sure that you are okay, it’s important that a doctor examine you after the accident.

As soon as you are able, you should also call a personal injury lawyer. This helps ensure that you do not make any mistakes when talking to insurance companies or to others involved in your bicycle accident. Our accident attorneys will work with you to determine how to get you the greatest settlement possible.

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If you or a loved one has been the victim of a bicycle accident, it is vital that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Call Grabb & Durando, we will fight for your rights and help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

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